SECOND COPABA MEN'S 22 & UNDER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT -- 1996

SECOND COPABA MEN'S 22 & UNDER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT -- 1996

Caguas, Puerto Rico - August 22-26, 1996


Defeating host and co-favorite Puerto Rico twice, the USA Men's 22 And Under World Championship Qualifying Team swept through their competition to capture the gold medal at the COPABA 22 And Under Tournament in Caguas, Puerto Rico.


1996 USA 22 & Under World Championship Qualifying Team


1996 USA RESULTS (5-0)
USA 113 Panama 84
USA 104 Uruguay 40
USA 80 Puerto Rico 78
USA 114 Canada 54
USA 119 Puerto Rico 83

1996 COMPETITION FINAL STANDINGS

1. *USA (5-0) 5. Brazil (2-2)
2. *Puerto Rico (3-2) 6. Panama (1-3)
3. *Argentina (4-1) 7. Uruguay (1-3)
4. Canada (2-3) 8. Mexico (0-4)
* Qualified for the 1997 FIBA Men's 22 & Under World Championship

With the first place finish, the USA accomplished its goal of qualifying for the 1997 FIBA 22 And Under World Championship in Melbourne, Australia. Host Puerto Rico took the silver medal, while Argentina beat Canada 75-70 in the bronze medal game to claim the final qualifying spot.

Opening the tournament facing Panama, the USA blew the game open midway in the second half and cruised to the 113-84 victory. Austin Croshere's 22 points led the U.S., while Shea Seals added 16, Louis Bullock chipped in 13 and Toby Bailey, Maurice Taylor and Paul Pierce each contributed 10 points. The following day the USA trounced Uruguay 104-40. Aiding in the U.S. attack were Croshere with 14 points, Bailey and Pierce each added 12, while Brian Skinner, who pulled down a game-high nine rebounds, and Taylor, both chipped in 10 points.

With the help of a team-high 15 points from Duncan and a double-double effort of 12 points and 10 rebounds from Croshere, the U.S. men edged host Puerto Rico 80-78 to claim their third win. A tight contest from start to finish, the U.S. reeled off eight unanswered points to jump ahead 75-64 with 4:16 left in the contest. Puerto Rico rallied to within one, 77-76, with 1:51 to play following a 12-2 scoring blitz. Leading 79-78 with 1:10 remaining, Taylor made one of two free throws to seal the 80-78 victory. Along with Duncan's 15 points and Croshere's 12, the U.S. efforts were aided by 12 points from Carr, Taylor added 11 points and Knight scored 10 points.

Behind a game-high 19 point performance from Anthony Parker, the USA downed Canada 114-54 to earn a berth in the gold medal game. More importantly, with the win, the United States qualified for the 1997 FIBA 22 And Under World Championship. While Parker led the U.S. offense, Knight recorded 16 points and a game-high eight assists, Duncan and Pierce each pitched in 14 points and Taylor added 11. Duncan and Taylor shared top rebounding honors with nine boards.

A veteran of USA Basketball teams, Duncan saved his best showing for the gold medal game as the 6-11 center was perfect from the floor (11-11 FGs), en route to recording game-highs of 26 points and 15 rebounds to lead the USA to the gold medal and an impressive 119-83 victory over host Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico led 15-8 with 16:08 to go in the half, but the U.S., sparked by six points from Seals and five from Carr, recorded a 14-0 run to reclaim the lead for good at 22-15 with 13:31 remaining in the period. Enjoying a 51-36 lead at halftime, the U.S. romped to the gold medal with the 119-83 victory.

In addition to Duncan's 26 points, the U.S. effort was aided by Carr's 24 points, while Bullock scored 12, Croshere contributed 11 and Knight added 10 points and a game-high six assists.

1996 USA 22 & Under World Championship Qualifying Team Roster

NAME

POS

HGT

WGT

AGE

SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Toby Bailey

G

6-5

185

20

UCLA Los Angeles, CA
Louis Bullock

G

6-2

175

20

Michigan Laurel, MD
Cory Carr

G

6-4

200

20

Texas Tech Fordyce, AR
Austin Croshere

F

6-9

225

21

Providence Los Angeles, CA
Tim Duncan

C

6-10

238

20

Wake Forest St. Croix, Virgin Islands
Brevin Knight

G

5-10

155

20

Stanford East Orange, NJ
Anthony Parker

G

6-5

190

21

Bradley Naperville, IL
Paul Pierce

F

6-6

215

18

Kansas Inglewood, CA
Shea Seals

G

6-5

210

21

Tulsa Tulsa, OK
Brian Skinner

C

6-10

245

20

Baylor Temple, TX
Maurice Taylor

F

6-8

230

19

Michigan Detroit, MI
Tim Young

C

7-1

240

20

Stanford Santa Cruz, CA
HEAD COACH: Mike Montgomery, Stanford University (CA)
ASSISTANT COACH: Bill Herrion, Drexel University (PA)
ASSISTANT COACH: Oliver Purnell, University of Dayton (OH)
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Joel Boyd, Minneapolis, MN
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Jim Hillis, Oklahoma City, OK

1996 USA 22 & Under World Championship Qualifying Team Cumulative Statistics

NAME G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
BK
ST
Duncan 5/4
28- 34
.824
0- 0
.---
13- 19
.684
47/ 9.4
69/ 13.8
5
12
3
Croshere 5/2
25- 38
.658
0- 0
.---
17- 22
.773
18/ 3.6
67/ 13.4
5
0
0
Carr 5/3
18- 28
.643
6- 11
.545
14- 16
.875
12/ 2.4
56/ 11.2
7
0
5
Knight 5/3
19- 35
.543
5- 11
.455
11- 13
.846
9/ 1.8
54/ 10.8
26
0
8
Taylor 5/3
19- 34
.559
0- 0
.---
11- 18
.611
31/ 6.2
49/ 9.8
3
1
3
Pierce 5/1
13- 33
.394
1- 7
.143
20- 27
.741
22/ 4.4
47/ 9.4
6
1
8
Seals 5/3
14- 28
.500
7- 14
.500
7- 13
.538
10/ 2.0
42/ 8.4
6
1
5
Bullock 5/2
13- 30
.433
3- 9
.333
12- 12
1.000
10/ 2.0
41/ 8.2
11
0
7
Bailey 5/2
14- 34
.412
3- 10
.300
10- 17
.588
17/ 3.4
41/ 8.2
7
0
2
Parker 5/1
11- 20
.550
5- 11
.455
5- 7
.714
10/ 2.0
32/ 6.4
6
0
3
Skinner 5/1
8- 10
.800
0- 0
.---
10- 12
.833
19/ 3.8
26/ 5.2
0
4
0
Young 4/0
1- 11
.091
0- 0
.---
4- 6
.667
17/ 4.3
6/ 1.5
3
5
1
USA 5
183-335
.546
30- 73
.411
134-182
.736
222/44.4
530/106.0
85
24
45
OPP. 5
111-296
.375
32- 91
.352
85-127
.669
123/24.6
339/ 67.8
39
15
32

NOTE: The FIBA U21 World Championship was originally the FIBA 22 and Under World Championship and designed for men 22-years-old or younger. FIBA lowered the age eligibility to 21-years-old or younger in December 1998 and changed the competition name to the World Championship for Young Men. In 2004 the name changed again to the FIBA U21 World Championship and the qualifying tournament was also renamed to the FIBA Americas U20 Championship.