Sunday, July 10, 2011

Lamb's Tip-In Gives U.S. Win

Jeremy Lamb tipped in his own miss to score the winning basket and give the U.S. FIBA U-19 team a 78-77 win over Australia to finish the 2011 world championships in fifth place. The Americans finish 7-2 overall.

With Australia clinging to a 77-76 lead, Lamb drove baseline and let a floater go that bounced on the rim, then managed to get to the rim and tip it in his shot to give the Americans a 78-77 lead with 29 seconds remaining.

“I shot the floater and thought it would be good but I missed it and I luckily was able to get the tip in,” explained Lamb.

Australia, following a U.S. timeout with 8.2 ticks remaining, inbounded the ball to its leading scorer Hugh Greenwood, who had 26 points and to that point and who had made 6-of-13 3-point shots. Matched against the USA’s Hardaway, Hardaway kept the scorer in front of him and forced Greenwood into a desperation three that was well off target. Lamb came up with the rebound and the USA had the 78-77 win.

Lamb finished with just four points on the day on 2-for-16 shooting.



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