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Final Standings

1. USA
2. Australia
3. Lithuania
4. Puerto Rico
Goodwill Games report—Day One
 Australia 84, Argentina 72
 The Australians began the contest with a pair of three pointers from Anthony Ronaldson and Shane Heal, then established an inside game, and jumped out to a 12-6 lead. Argentina was able to prevent an early blowout thanks mainly to Hugo Sconochini, who scored 10 first half points, including three breakaway dunks. Australia’s experienced backcourt of Heal and Andrew Gaze was too much to handle, however, and Paul Rogers’ follow up dunk just before the first half buzzer gave the Aussies a 46-38 halftime lead. Gaze then scored an easy layup off the second half tip, and Argentina never seriously threatened, falling behind by as many as 14 points. Heal led Australia with 18 points, including four three-pointers, with Gaze tallying all seven of his assists in the first half, and 15 of his 17 points in the second. Argentina’s Marcelo Nicola was the game’s high scorer with 23 points.Game 2
 Puerto Rico 84, USA 76
 Defending Goodwill Games champion Puerto Rico overcame a 19 point deficit behind lefthanded sharpshooter Eddie Casiano’s 25 second half points and a loud Puerto Rican crowd (New York has a large Puerto Rican population). The USA had opened up an early lead when Elton Brand scored seven of the Americans’ first nine points, and Wally Szczerbiak came off the bench with 10 points in an eight minute span. At halftime, the Americans held a 42-30 lead, and soon extended it to 55-36, but Puerto Rico countered with a series of seven three point plays—three on baskets and fouls, and four on shots from behind the line—in an eleven minute stretch. The last of those, a 21 foot jumper by Javier Colon, gave Puerto Rico its first lead at 72-69 with 5:42 remaining, and the USA never recovered. The red hot Casiano had 31 points overall, and Brand led the USA with 24 points and 10 rebounds.Game 3
 Lithuania 79, Russia 72
 Russia jumped out to a 10-3 lead, but Lithuania quickly closed the gap, and the contest remained close until the end. Darius Lukminas was a sparkplug off the bench for Lithuania, hitting his first seven shots, but late in the game it was the clutch scoring of Lithuania’s Arturas Karnisovas—and several missed Russian opportunities—that made the difference. Lukminas finished with 21 points, and Karnisovas added 19 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals. Russia was led by Sergei Panov’s 18 points and 8 rebounds.
 Lithuania’s Arturas Karnisovas, on why it took awhile to get going against Russia: "These two teams know each other so well. We’ve played already friendly games in Lithuania two weeks ago, and we’ve been playing for so long against each other. They know me from European league…and we don’t have any secrets from each other, so they try to put a lot of pressure on me. I just had to make some passes and had to make some assists in the first half. In the second half, things opened up for me, and so I made the open shots."
 Min FG 3FG FT Reb Ast Pts
 Russia (72)
 Kissurin 8+3reb, Tikhonenko 1reb+2ast, Karassev 11+1reb+2ast, Babkov 7, Nossov 6+5reb+3ast, Panov 18+8reb, Fetissov 8+5reb+5ast, Kudelin 3+1ast, Morgunov, Pachutin 11+4reb, Domani DNP, Kurashov DNP
 Lithuania (79)
 Masiulis 5reb, Karnishovas 19+7reb+6ast, Einikis 14+3reb, Adomaitis 3+1ast, Maskoliunas 3+1reb+6apg, Stombergas 12+4reb+1ast, Lukminas 21+3reb+1ast, Pacesas 4+1reb+5ast, E.Zukauskas 3, Praskevicius, Jasikevicius DNP, Zukauskas DNP
 Game 4: Brazil 75, China 60
 China started the game with an early 10 point lead, but Brazil had closed the gap to 34-32 by halftime. Then, the Brazilians put on an offensive clinic in the second half, breaking open a close contest with a sequence of fast breaks and easy inside baskets. The outside shots started falling too, and when the hot streak was over, Brazil had opened up a 14 point lead. The run was keyed by guard Demetrius Ferraciu, who led the Brazilians with 18 points and 8 assists. As a team, Brazil shot an impressive 54.2% from the floor, the best of any team for the first day of competition. Xiaobin Gong had a team high 18 points for China.
 
 Day Two
 Lithuania 81, Argentina 77 (OT)
 Once again, Argentina’s Hugo Sconochini displayed fine offensive skills, and he also did an outstanding job guarding Arturas Karnisovas. Terrific team defense allowed Argentina to completely erase a 19 point second half Lithuania lead, yet the Lithuanians did what it took to prevail in overtime. For a second straight day, Lithuania had strong play from its bench—this time it was the trio of Saulius Stombergas, Danius Adomaitis, and Sarunas Jasikevicius. The Lithuanian offense looked its smoothest with Jasikevicius at point guard—a surprise considering that’s not his natural position, and he didn’t leave the bench in Sunday’s victory over Russia. Stombergas, Adomaitis, and Gintaras Einikis each scored 15 points for Lithuania, while Jasikevicius contributed 10 points and 5 assists. Sconochini led all scorers with 23 points. At 0-2, Argentina is in last place in its group. At 2-0, Lithuania is in first.Lithuania assistant coach Donn Nelson on the play of Sarunas Jasikevicius: "We like him as a future prospect. He’s going to be a big time contributor for this team. His time—whether it’s now or in the World Championships—that’s what we’re testing. He’s a guy that played largely two-guard in college. He’s a tremendous three-point threat. We’re kind of force feeding him into the point guard spot simply because that’s our biggest need right now. He’s smart. He can really pass the basketball. He just doesn’t have the experience of a point guard."Lithuania (81)
 V. Praskevicius 1-4 3-4 5, A. Karnisovas 1-1 7-11 9, G. Einikis 7-12 1-1 15, D. Maskoliunas 2-4 0-0 5, D. Lukminas 2-6 1-2 7, S. Stombergas 5-11 2-2 15, S. Jasikevicius 3-5 3-4 10, D. Adomaitis 3-4 6-6 15, T. Masiulis 0-0 0-0 0, E. Zukauskas 0-0 0-0 0, Team FG 24-47 (51.1%), Team 3FG 10-17 (58.8%) Team FT 23-30 (76.7%)
 Argentina (77)
 M. Nicola 1-4 0-0 2, M. Milanesio 0-3 0-0 0, F. Oberto 5-10 3-5 13, H. Sconochini 8-14 7-7 23, E. de la Fuente 2-6 4-4 9, P. Simoni 0-0 0-2 0, J. Sanchez 0-1 0-0 0, R. Wolkowisky 3-5 2-2 8, E. Ginobili 4-10 4-4 15, D. Osella 3-4 0-0 6, A. Montecchia 0-1 1-2 1, Team FG 26-58 (44.8%), Team 3FG 4-19 (21.1%), Team FT 21-26 (80.8%)
 Halftime—Lithuania 40, Argentina 27
 Game 2: Russia 81, Australia 73
 Just when it appeared the Goodwill Games might be renamed "no lead is safe tournament," Russia’s Igor Kudelin drove a stake through the heart of the Australians, snuffing a furious Aussie rally with a 30 foot three-point shot. Riding the back of Andrew Gaze, Australia had cut a 20 point Russia lead all the way down to four, when Kudelin made his shocking basket with 1:48 remaining. The first half of the game was dominated by the Russians, and a pair of moments when a fistfight appeared imminent. Russia’s Andrei Fetissov was involved in both incidents, and was ejected from the contest. Gaze was the game’s leading scorer with 29 points—including five three pointers—and Russia was led by Sergei Panov’s 20 points and Vasili Karassev’s 17. Both teams now have 1-1 records in the tournament.Australia’s Andrew Gaze on Kudelin’s back-breaking three point shot: "I don’t even know, was the [30 second] clock running down? Because that seemed like a crazy shot that went in. I guess if I’d have known that he had that sort of range maybe I could have been a little bit tighter on him, but it was well past the NBA three [point line], and it went nothing but string either, so maybe that’s his game."Australia (73)
 A. Ronaldson 2-8 0-0 4, S. MacKinnon 2-4 2-5 6, C. Anstey 1-4 5-6 7, A. Gaze 9-16 6-6 29, S. Heal 1-9 0-0 2, P. Rogers 7-8 1-1 15, A. Vlahov 2-8 0-0 5, S. Dwight 1-3 0-0 2, B. Maher 0-0 0-0 0, F. Drmic 1-3 0-2 3, B. Melmeth 0-0 0-0 0, Team FG 26-63 (41.3%), Team 3FG 7-21 (33.3%), Team FT 14-20 (70%)
 Russia (81)
 Y. Kissurin 2-6 4-6 8, V. Tikhonenko 4-6 1-1 10, V. Nossov 2-2 0-0 4, V. Karassev 5-11 4-4 17, S. Babkov 3-9 2-2 9, A. Fetissov 1-5 5-6 7, S. Panov 5-6 9-10 20, I. Kudelin 2-4 0-0 6, D. Domani 0-1 0-0 0, Team FG 24-50 (48%), Team 3FG 8-18 (44.4%), Team FT 25-29 (86.2%)
 Halftime—Russia 45, Australia 28
 Game 3: Brazil 96, Puerto Rico 92 (OT)
 In a wildly entertaining offensive contest, even the second half heroics of Puerto Rico’s Eddie Casiano couldn’t overcome the upstart Brazilians. Neither team was able take control of the game early, as the first 13 minutes were highlighted by five ties and 16 lead changes. Puerto Rico then began to open up a moderate lead thanks to the inside duo of Jerome Mincy and Jose Ortiz, and took a 48-43 advantage into the intermission. In the second half, Casiano displayed the same offensive magic fans saw in Sunday’s win over the USA, but Puerto Rico could never shake Brazil. A three pointer and a pair of free throws by Casiano in the last minute of regulation forced overtime, but Brazil’s superbly balanced offensive attack prevailed in the extra session. Although Casiano led all scorers with 32 points, Brazil got 26 from Rogerio Klafke, 22 from Aristes Dos Santos, 15 from Joelcio Joerke, and 14 each from Caio Cazziolato and Demetrius Ferraciu. The Brazilians shot 57.1% from the floor, compared to Puerto Rico’s 54.2%. Brazil is now 2-0. Puerto Rico is 1-1.
 Game 4: USA 91, China 76
 If not for a late surge, the host USA might already be eliminated from the Goodwill Games. In a nip-and-tuck contest that appeared would be decided in the closing moments, the Americans suddenly exploded with just over six minutes left in the game. Leading by just two points, Wally Szczerbiak scored a breakaway layup, and an unsportsmanlike foul was called on China’s Nan Li. Szczerbiak made the free throw, and when the USA was given another possession, Elton Brand made a follow shot to complete a five point play and give the United States a seven point lead. Soon after, Dion Glover blocked a shot and scored a breakaway dunk, Wally Szczerbiak hit a three point shot, and the expected rout had finally begun. China had stayed in the game behind Jinsong Zhang’s first half marksmanship—when he made 7 of 8 shots and totalled 18 points—and 27 of 28 team free throw shooting. Szczerbiak led all scorers with 23 points, including 13 in the final 6:12. Brand and Khalid El-Amin added 14 apiece for the USA, which remains in medal contention at 1-1. Zhang finished with 22 for China, now 0-2 and eliminated from the medal round.
 
Day Three
 Australia 82, Lithuania 64
 When guards Andrew Gaze and Shane Heal are both playing well, Australia is a very tough team to beat, as Lithuania can now attest. Heal’s poor outing against Russia Monday cost the Aussies a game, but both he and Gaze were in fine form against Lithuania. Gaze hit his first six three pointers—most of them from beyond the NBA three point line—en route to a 26 point, 6 assist performance. Meanwhile, Heal chipped in with 12 points and 8 assists of his own. For Lithuania, things began poorly when Arturas Karnisovas was inadvertently poked in the eye less than four minutes into the contest. Although he eventually returned, he was completely ineffective, and missed all seven shots he took after the injury. Sarunas Jasikevicius once again came off the bench to play heavy minutes at point guard, but was unable to provide the spark he did in Monday’s win against Argentina. With 2-1 records, Lithuania and Australia both advance to the semifinal round on Thursday.
 Lithuania’s Sarunas Jasikevicius on playing the point guard position: "I’ve played point guard all of my life. Only at Maryland (in USA college ball) did I play shooting guard. It was a tough game today. Shane [Heal] is a good player. He has great range, which makes it hard to defend him."
 Australia (82)
 A. Ronaldson 5-9 0-0 12, A. Vlahov 2-3 3-4 9, P. Rogers 5-9 3-3 13, A. Gaze 8-12 4-4 26, S. Heal 5-13 0-0 12, C. Anstey 2-4 3-6 7, S. MacKinnon 0-1 3-4 3, S. Dwight 0-0 0-0 0, B. Maher 0-0 0-0 0, Team FG 27-51 (52.9%), Team 3FG 12-18 (66.7%), Team FT 16-21 (76.2%)
 Lithuania (64)
 A. Karnisovas 1-8 0-0 2, V. Praskevicius 2-3 2-2 6, G. Einikis 6-11 3-4 15, D. Adomaitis 3-8 1-2 7, D. Maskoliunas 1-3 0-0 3, S. Stombergas 6-10 0-0 14, T. Masiulis 1-2 0-0 2, S. Jasikevicius 1-5 0-0 3, D. Lukminas 2-4 0-0 5, E. Zukauskas 2-4 3-4 7, Team FG 25-58 (43.1%), Team 3FG 5-18 (27.8%), Team FT 9-12 (75%)
 Halftime—Australia 47, Lithuania 41 
 Game 2: Argentina 69, Russia 65
 For a team that needed a victory to advance to the medal round, Russia played some very uninspired basketball. This was the first game of the tournament that neither team was able to crack the 70 point barrier, and the difference was shooting—Argentina hit 56.5% of its shots from the floor, while Russia made only 34%. Hugo Sconochini led Argentina with 15 points. He and fellow guard Alejandro Montecchia scored some big baskets down the stretch, helping their team build a seven point lead with just over a minute remaining. Despite a clutch four point play by Russia’s Vasili Karassev which cut that lead to three, Argentina was able to make the necessary free throws to hold on for the win. Both teams finished the Goodwill Games with 1-2 records, and no medals.
 Argentina (69)
 M. Nicola 4-10 3-4 12, E. de la Fuente 4-5 0-0 8, R. Wolkowisky 2-6 2-2 6, H. Sconochini 5-6 4-4 15, A. Montecchia 3-3 4-4 10, E. Ginobili 3-7 0-0 7, D. Osella 4-7 1-2 9, M. Milanesio 1-1 0-0 2, J. Sanchez 0-1 0-0 0, Team FG 26-46 (56.5%), Team 3FG 3-8 (37.5%), Team FT 14-16 (87.5%)
 Russia (65)
 Y. Kissurin 2-3 4-4 8, V. Tikhonenko 0-2 0-0 0, V. Nossov 2-5 3-6 7, V. Karassev 4-11 6-7 15, S. Babkov 2-4 2-3 6, S. Panov 2-8 4-4 9, Z. Pachutin 0-4 3-6 3, I. Kudelin 6-13 1-2 17, A. Fetissov 0-3 0-0 0, Team FG 18-53 (34%), Team 3FG 6-23 (26.1%), Team FT 23-32 (71.9%)
 Halftime—Argentina 30, Russia 29
 Game 3: Puerto Rico 74, China 73
 For a while, this was one of those ballgames where if you didn’t look up at the scoreboard, you would have sworn Puerto Rico was dominating, but when you did, they weren’t. The Puerto Ricans tried to take advantage of their superior speed by using three guards and a lot of pressure defense, and though it worked to some degree, China found ways to keep the score close. The biggest way was containing dynamic Puerto Rican guard Eddie Casiano, who couldn’t get untracked the way he did against the USA and Brazil. A second way was hot shooting by Weidong Hu, who scored 16 points in the first half, and 14 more in the second. However, the Chinese could never get themselves into a position where they had the ball and a chance to tie or take the lead, and Puerto Rico barely held on for the victory. China finished the tournament with a 0-3 record, while Puerto Rico is 2-1, and headed for a semifinal matchup against Australia Thursday.
 Game 4: USA 106, Brazil 75
 Knowing they had to win by a certain margin to secure the tie-break advantage needed to advance to the medal round, the Americans came out like gangbusters, scoring on each of their first 18 possessions—two points 12 times, and three points 6 times. The USA led 58-45 at halftime, thanks to 71% shooting from the floor. In the second half, it was more of the same, as the Americans poured in 48 more points—a truly awesome offensive display. The USA had six double figure scorers—Elton Brand with 17, Wally Szczerbiak with 16, Keith Carter with 15, Andre Miller with 14, and Dion Glover and Khalid El-Amin with 13 apiece. Despite a 2-1 record, Brazil lost a three-way tie-breaker and was eliminated from medal play. The USA, also 2-1, plays Lithuania in the semifinals on Thursday.Goodwill Games report—
 
Semifinal round
 Australia 86, Puerto Rico 74
 After weathering an early storm from Puerto Rico’s Jose Ortiz, the superb Australian backcourt of Andrew Gaze and Shane Heal got things going, and turned a nine point deficit into a three point halftime lead. Then, the Aussies scored the first 14 points of the second half and never looked back. This very physical game was marked by an incident when both benches cleared, but order was quickly restored. Although Ortiz led Puerto Rico with 23 points and 13 rebounds, he fouled out with over five minutes remaining. For Australia, Heal scored 21 points, Anthony Ronaldson contributed 20, Gaze had 15, and Chris Anstey chipped in 14. Gaze has become a media favorite, and will celebrate his 33rd birthday Friday with a gold medal matchup against the USA.
 Australia’s Andrew Gaze on the meaning of a Goodwill Games championship: "It’s no longer a tune-up. We’re out there to win the game and win a gold medal. I think that anytime you get together eight teams like we have in this particular tournament of their caliber, it means a lot. I think that this tournament is developing a reputation as having a fair amount of prestige to it. I wouldn’t lie and say it’s as good as winning a medal at the Olympics or the World Championships, but it still means a lot to me personally."
 Puerto Rico (74)
 J. Mincy 4-6 0-0 10, J. Colon 4-5 1-1 10, J. Ortiz 11-17 1-1 23, E. Casiano 5-16 1-3 12, J. Carter 2-5 0-0 4, O. Santiago 2-5 0-0 5, E. Leon 1-1 1-2 3, O. Vega 2-6 0-0 4, C. Travieso 1-4 0-0 3, R. Hourruitiner 0-0 0-0 0, E. Soto 0-0 0-0 0, Team FG 32-65 (49.2%), Team 3FG 6-17 (35.3%), Team FT 4-7 (57.1%)
 Australia (86)
 A. Ronaldson 7-14 2-2 20, S. MacKinnon 4-9 1-3 9, P. Rogers 2-3 0-0 4, A. Gaze 2-10 10-12 15, S. Heal 6-12 5-6 21, C. Anstey 5-10 4-6 14, B. Maher 1-4 0-0 3, A. Vlahov 0-3 0-0 0, Team FG 27-65 (41.5%), Team 3FG 10-26 (38.5%), Team FT 22-29 (75.9%)
 Halftime—Australia 44, Puerto Rico 41
 Game 2: USA 89, Lithuania 76
 Following an opening game loss to Puerto Rico, the USA now appears to be the most motivated team at the Goodwill Games. Keep in mind, this group of American players does not get a "second chance" at the World Championships, as the other teams in this tournament do. Wally Szczerbiak scored 11 of his team’s first 16 points to get the USA jump started, and by halftime the Americans led 51-35. In the second half, the USA maintained a double digit lead throughout. Szczerbiak finished with 20 points, while Lithuania was led by Danius Adomaitis with 21. Sarunas Jasikevicius came off the bench to add 14 second half points for Lithuania, after he had not played at all in the first half. More and more, the New York crowd is getting behind Team USA, and there should be quite a homecourt advantage in the championship game against Australia.
 USA’s Wally Szczerbiak on the motivation his team gets from not having a second chance at the World Championships: "It’s very motivating for us, but I think if you’re from Australia, Lithuania, Russia, or China, and you’re playing for your country and you’re not motivated, you’ve got a big problem. I don’t care what they’re doing, what they’re thinking. If they’re not motivated, so be it. We’re very motivated, because we’re playing for our country."
 Lithuania (76)
 S. Stombergas 4-6 3-3 11, A. Karnisovas 4-11 2-3 10, G. Einikis 3-7 0-0 6, T. Pacesas 1-2 0-0 3, D. Lukminas 1-3 1-2 3, D. Adomaitis 5-11 9-11 21, D. Maskoliunas 0-2 0-0 0, M. Zukauskas 0-1 0-0 0, E. Zukauskas 3-5 1-1 7, S. Jasikevicius 6-11 0-0 14, T. Masiulis 0-1 1-2 1, Team FG 27-60 (45%), Team 3FG 5-17 (29.4%), Team FT 17-22 (77.3%)
 USA (89)
 W. Szczerbiak 7-13 2-2 20, J. Jones 3-5 3-4 10, E. Brand 7-12 1-3 15, A. Miller 5-6 1-3 11, D. Glover 2-8 1-2 6, J. Posey 0-2 2-2 2, K. Carter 4-5 2-3 12, Q. Lewis 3-7 0-0 7, K. El-Amin 1-3 1-2 4, C. Booth 1-4 0-0 2, A. Guyton 0-1 0-0 0, B. Cardinal 0-0 0-0 0, Team FG 33-66 (50%), Team FG 10-17 (58.8%), Team FT 13-21 (61.9%)
 Halftime—USA 51, Lithuania 35

Final round
 Bronze medal game: Lithuania 119, Puerto Rico 75
 It now seems difficult to believe that Puerto Rico was able to rally from 19 points down to beat the USA on the first day of this tournament. Lithuania came out and absolutely crushed the Puerto Ricans to capture the bronze medal. The game began with Lithuania grabbing a 29-9 lead—largely behind the play of Saulius Stombergas—and from then on, the outcome was never in doubt. Stombergas had 19 first half points, and finished with 28. Danius Adomaitis chipped in with 22. As a team, Lithuania shot a stunning 69.1 % from the floor. Puerto Rico, which remained in its locker room talking for nearly two hours after the loss, was led by Eddie Casiano’s 23 points.Lithuania’s Arturas Karnisovas on his team’s Goodwill Games performance: "I’ll be honest, we didn’t put a lot of emphasis on winning the Goodwill Games. It was just preparation, because we couldn’t peak in the Goodwill Games and then come to the World Games and have a bad showing. I think today’s game will put an optimistic emphasis on just to leave the States in a good mood, and good hopes for the World Championships. It would be better if we had this (performance) yesterday, but we’re happy with third place."Lithuania (119)
 S. Stombergas 11-15 2-2 28, A. Karnisovas 2-6 4-4 8, G. Einikis 7-10 1-2 15, D. Adomaitis 9-10 3-3 22, D. Maskoliunas 0-0 0-0 0, V. Praskevicius 1-2 0-0 2, S. Jasikevicius 3-5 0-0 6, D. Lukminas 3-5 0-0 9, E. Zukauskas 3-5 3-3 9, T. Masiulis 3-4 2-2 8, T. Pacesas 4-5 0-0 10, M. Zukauskas 1-1 0-0 2, Team FG 47-68 (69.1%), Team 3FG 10-17 (58.8%), Team FT 15-16 (93.8%)
 Puerto Rico (75)
 J. Mincy 0-1 0-0 0, J. Colon 2-5 0-0 4, J. Ortiz 7-10 0-2 15, E. Casiano 8-18 6-6 23, J. Carter 4-8 3-4 12, E. Leon 1-3 0-2 2, O. Vega 0-4 2-2 2, E. Soto 2-5 2-2 6, O. Santiago 3-5 1-1 8, R. Hourruitiner 0-1 0-0 0, C. Travieso 1-5 0-0 3, Team FG 28-65 (43.1%), Team 3FG 5-17 (29.4%), Team FT 14-19 (73.7%)
 Halftime—Lithuania 55, Puerto Rico 36
 Gold medal game: USA 93, Australia 85 (OT)
 In a truly memorable gold medal game, the USA’s Andre Miller simply decided he wasn’t going to lose two championship games in one year. Remember, it was Miller’s Utah team that lost the NCAA collegiate title contest just a few months ago. This time, Miller made the steal and layup that forced overtime against the Aussies, then got crucial baskets and rebounds for the Americans in the extra session. The USA victory overshadowed a great performance by Australia’s guard tandem of Shane Heal and Andrew Gaze. Heal scored 38 points—mainly on unbelievably long and off-balance shots—but he seemed to tire late in the game, giving the USA its chance. Gaze added 25 points in Australia’s losing cause. For the USA, Miller led four double figure scorers with 18 points, while Wally Szczerbiak and Elton Brand each had 15, and James Posey came off the bench with 13. This is the first time American amateur players have won at the top level of international competition since 1986.American coach Clem Haskins on whether the USA could return to winning gold medals at major championships with amateurs: "It would be hard. It would be difficult for us to go to Athens, Greece to win. These same teams, it would be very difficult for us to turn around and beat them again. It would be possible, but it would be awfully hard. You’re asking a whole lot of a 18 year old young man to compete with a 35 year old guy. For eight games in a row, it’s very difficult…We had a group of young men here that beat all the odds."
 Australia (85)
 A. Ronaldson 1-4 1-2 3, S. MacKinnon 2-3 0-0 4, P. Rogers 1-3 0-0 2, A. Gaze 7-19 8-8 25, S. Heal 13-22 4-6 38, C. Anstey 4-7 1-2 9, A. Vlahov 1-4 0-0 2, F. Drmic 0-1 0-0 0, B. Maher 1-1 0-0 2, Team FG 30-64 (46.9%), Team 3FG 11-33 (33.3%), Team FT 14-18 (77.8%)
 USA (93)
 W. Szczerbiak 5-11 4-4 15, J. Jones 2-5 2-2 6, E. Brand 7-12 1-3 15, A. Miller 8-12 1-1 18, D. Glover 4-8 0-0 9, K. Carter 1-4 2-2 4, K. El-Amin 2-9 0-0 5, J. Posey 2-5 9-11 13, C. Booth 1-1 1-1 3, Q. Lewis 2-4 0-0 4, A. Guyton 0-0 1-2 1, Team FG 34-71 (47.9%), Team 3FG 4-17 (23.5%), Team FT 21-26 (80.8%)
 Halftime—USA 40, Australia 40
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