Team USA loses 89-79 in quarterfinals against France

Tanya Simon
September 12, 2019

For the first time since 2006, someone other than Team USA will win the FIBA World Cup.

The Americans dropped their FIBA World Cup battle with France in an 89-79 loss on Wednesday morning, marking the United States' first global competition without a gold medal since 2006. Les Bleus are the first team to beat the US in an official game in 13 long years since Greece did in 2006 and with this epic 89-79 result they advance to the semifinals, sending the Americans home.

Team USA found its offense in the third quarter against France, but the momentum the Americans had didn't carry over to the fourth.

The players who chose not to be a part of this year's U.S. team assembled for the FIBA World Cup were a bigger topic of conversation than the players who were actually a part of it.

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Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points for the United States against France, but all of them came in the first three quarters. Jazz center Rudy Gobert dominated down low for the French with 21 points and 16 rebounds.

However, only two other Americans scored in double figures as Marcus Smart and Kemba Walker finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively. He tallied just two shot attempts in the fourth, and his second attempt came with Team USA down 10 in the final 10 seconds. The former San Antonio Spur was clearly thrilled with France's win even though his former coach, Gregg Popovich, is the coach of Team USA. Boston forward Jayson Tatum didn't play due to an ankle injury. The experience he gained as a leader and top option for Team USA could prove to be invaluable as he continues to develop into an All-Star-caliber player in the National Basketball Association.

France will play next on Friday against Argentina, who advanced by defeating Serbia on Tuesday night.

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