A team of Americans, highlighted by former NBA players Norris Cole, Jodie Meeks, and former Gonzaga point guard Jeremy Pargo, fell to Mexico in a FIBA AmeriCup matchup on Friday evening, 73-67.
Team USA now takes on Venezuela on Sunday and Panama the following Monday, and any more losses would jeopardize their chance of taking home a trophy, which they have done seven times since AmeriCup started.
Pargo paced Team USA with 14 points and six assists in just under 24 minutes of action, shooting 5-13 from the field and 3-6 from deep. Despite leading the team in points and assists, and knocking down three of the team’s eight three-pointers, Pargo’s +/- of -16 was the worst on the team.
This roster was put together with the intention of finding players who have both NBA and EuroLeague experience, but with virtually no time playing together and a lack of continuity it was clear this team was disjointed in the loss to Mexico.
Pargo has bounced around the NBA, G-League, Big 3, and various European leagues over the past decade since he left Spokane, making an appearance in the NBA during the 2019-20 season after six years out of the league.
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