The U.S. World Cup team showcased their dominance in exhibition games, securing another resounding victory with a 92-62 triumph over Slovenia in Malaga, Spain. Led by Anthony Edwards’ 15 points and Jalen Brunson’s impressive performance with 11 points and eight assists, the American squad demonstrated a well-balanced effort on both ends of the court.
The American team continued to display their versatility, as Austin Reaves and Tyrese Haliburton each contributed 10 points to the scoreboard. The victory propelled the U.S. team to a 2-0 record in their five-game exhibition slate, serving as preparation for their journey to the Philippines for the highly anticipated World Cup. On Monday, their exhibition journey commenced with a convincing 117-74 victory over Puerto Rico in Las Vegas.
The absence of All-NBA guard Luka Doncic from Slovenia’s lineup was notable, as he was held out of the game as a precaution. Doncic, who had scored 17 points in Slovenia’s previous match against Spain, suffered a minor injury during a drive and was rested for this exhibition encounter.
All 12 U.S. players found their way onto the scoresheet in a genuine team effort, underscoring the depth of talent. Mikal Bridges led the supporting cast with nine points, while Cam Johnson, Paolo Banchero, and Bobby Portis each contributed eight points. Brandon Ingram rounded out the contributions with seven points, highlighting the team’s collaborative approach to victory.
Meanwhile, the Torneo del Centenario FEB showcased the USA’s prowess, as they secured significant victories against Slovenia and Spain. The American squad maintained their balanced offensive approach, with Anthony Edwards again leading the charge with 15 points. Jalen Brunson took center stage against Spain, leading the team with 21 points, further emphasizing the team’s depth and versatility.
Despite the loss to the USA, the Slovenian team identified several positive signs in their performance as they prepare for their title-defending campaign. Notably, Santi Aldama, a senior national team debutant, continued to impress with his remarkable play, instilling confidence in the team’s forward prospects.
In a thrilling showdown in the Basketball SuperCup, Canada emerged victorious in a gripping overtime finale against Germany, clinching a narrow 113-112 victory. RJ Barrett shone as the star of the title game, amassing an impressive 31 points on a remarkable 13-14 field-goal shooting. Barrett’s performance echoed his success as a pivotal figure in Canada’s U19 World Cup triumph in 2017. As Canada sets its sights on the upcoming World Cup, fans eagerly anticipate a similar display of brilliance from their dynamic star player.
The exhibition games have showcased the formidable prowess of the U.S. World Cup team and set the stage for an exhilarating and highly competitive tournament on the global stage. With each victory, teams refine their strategies and hone their skills, creating an air of anticipation and excitement as the World Cup approaches.