Double NBA champion with the Heat, Israeli champion with Maccabi Tel-Aviv and French champion with Asvel, Norris Cole is a “winner”, and he proved it again on Thursday by saving the United States against the Porto Rico. In a suspenseful end to the match, the Team USA point guard scored the winning basket at the last second to send the Americans to the semi-finals. Winners 85-84, the United States will challenge Argentina in the semi-finals of this Americup.
“I just wanted to create an action for the team” reacted the hero of the evening, who scored the last eight points for his team. “The team trusts me. A system was designed for me, and I was able to go through with it. These are moments that everyone dreams of, but I gave it my all individually and collectively, and I was able to show my individual talent in a collective concept, and it worked. »
Alongside him, Jeremy Pargo scored 15 points, and Zylan Cheatham added 11.
“We are lucky to win” says coach Alex Jensen. “They had prepared well to face us. We were lucky, but fortunately it’s a good lesson for the future.”
On Saturday, the United States will face Facundo Campazzo’s Argentina in the semi-finals. Undefeated, the Argentinians fly over the competition with an average gap of 20 points per game. In the other semi-final, Canada, winner of Mexico, will face Brazil, the host country.