Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Photo by: Jesse D. Garrabrant

Team USA beat Italy 94-85 in the most competitive game so far in FIBA. Melo exploded in the 2nd half with 29 of his 35 points. Melo and Flash combined for 30 in 3rd period alone! You could definitely see that the USA had more trouble in this game. Dwyane Wade had 26 points and 4 boards in 23 minutes. Flash was really focused in the 3rd and drove it to the hole a lot. Elton Brand got 16 points and 5 boards in 28 minutes. LeBron James got 8 points and 3 boards in 25 minutes. Bron Bron was cold this game like most of team USA which had only 3 players in double figures. Chris Paul got 5 points and 6 assists in 30 minutes. Paul was once again great in passing the ball out to his other USA players. Marco Belinelli had 25 points and 1 rebound in 28 minutes for Italy. Belinelli is a young prospect and great player for Italy. Stefano Mancinelli got 12 points and 2 steals in 16 minutes. Mancinelli played well. They couldn't couldn't run so they'll have to practice there game in the half court. The USA has now clinched 1st place in group D. They will next play Senegal at 6:30 am ET on ESPN2.