Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
USA loses to Serbia at World Cup, will finish in 7th or 8th place
The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup is destined to go down as one of the worst moments in the history of USA Basketball.
The Americans lost for a second day in a row on Thursday, falling to Serbia 94-89 in a rematch of the Olympic final in Rio. The U.S. trailed 25-5 to start but closed to within 71-68 after three periods. Serbia shot 15-of-31 (48 percent) from deep.
Serbia will play for fifth place on Saturday in Beijing, while the U.S. will play for seventh on Saturday, ensuring the worst-ever finish for Team USA in an international event.
The worst previous finish was sixth in 2002, when the U.S. hosted in Indianapolis.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.