Friday, August 22, 2008

U.S. men's hoops advances to gold medal game

The U.S. men's basketball team has moved onto the gold-medal game here with relative ease -- again.

The men jumped out to a huge early lead against Argentina. At one point, the U.S. led 16-4 and Argentina had committed six turnovers. Argentina got untracked in the second quarter, cutting the U.S. lead down to nine at halftime.

But then the "Redeem Team" got interested again, had a big third quarter and led by a comfortable 20 or so points throughout the fourth quarter. The final score was 101-81.

The U.S. will play Spain in the gold-medal final -- the Spaniards beat Lithuania in the other semifinal. That game will be at 2:30 p.m. in Beijing Sunday, which translates to 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the U.S. Unless Pau Gasol goes for about 40 for Spain, it's hard to imagine the Americans losing -- they have played a wonderful tournament under Coach Mike Krzyzewski so far.

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