United States continues its domination in the sport of basketball by winning the 2014 Men’s FIBA World Cup held from August 30th 2014 to September 14th 2014 for the second time in a row. Being world champions also gives the United States a berth to the Olympics.
The United States met Serbia in the final where they quickly took a 35-21 lead by the end of the first quarter. It was 67-41 by half-time and by the end of the game the United States won the game with a near record final total of 129-92. Tournament MVP Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) led all players in the final with 26 points. Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets was also named to the all-star team at the end of the tournament. Overall the United States finished the tournament undefeated and led all teams in offensive points, rebounds, assists and steals.
Qualification in the Americas region has become a lot easier for other countries with hosts Brazil and United States already claiming a spot at the Olympics. With two spots available Argentina becomes the huge favourite to take one of the spots while it is realistic to see Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela all fighting for that second spot or for the chance to compete in the final qualification tournament.
- FIBA. 2014 FIBA World Cup. Access on Feb 28 2015.