USA advances to FIBA World Cup quarterfinals notwithstanding misfortune to Lithuania

Lithuania fabricated a 21-point second-quarter lead, began hot from 3-point range making its initial nine endeavors, ruled the U.S. with its bouncing back and hung on for a 110-104 triumph Sunday in the last round of gathering play. The U.S. also, Lithuania, which improved to 5-0, both high level to the quarterfinals of the FIBA World Cup, yet Sunday's misfortune uncovered exactly how much better the U.S. should play on the off chance that it needs to decoration subsequent to completing seventh at the 2019 World Cup. The U.S., which will play Italy in the quarterfinals, additionally qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics as one of the best two groups from FIBA Americas at the 2023 World Cup. Since its appearance at the Olympics in Barcelona in tie-dyed T-shirts inspired by the Grateful Dead in 1992, Lithuania has consistently competed for medals. It won bronze at the 2010 FIBA World Cup, silver at the 2015 EuroBasket, and three Olympics in a row (in 1992, 1996, and 2000). The winner of Tuesday's quarterfinal matchup between USA and Italy will play the winner of Friday's semifinal matchup between Germany and Latvia. Utah Jazz forward Simone Fontecchio drives Italy in scoring (18.4 focuses per game) and scored a group high 30 focuses in a noteworthy 78-76 triumph against Serbia in the second period of gathering play. For Italy, Marco Spissu (11.4 points per game), Giampaolo Ricci (10.6 points per game), Stefano Tonut (11.4 points per game), and Nicolo Melli and Luigi Datome each have NBA experience.
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