MSU’s Valentine getting it done in Toronto
It's been a tale of two games for Denzel Valentine as the hometown senior competes with Team USA for Pan-Am gold in Toronto.
In game one of pool play on Tuesday the USA came out in disarray, and unfortunately Valentine wasn't an exception. He played just 3:40 in the second quarter going 0-2 from the field and picking up two personal fouls. He didn't see the floor in the second half.
Fortunately, the USA was able to pull out the win after being down eight at half, to the tune of 85-62 over Venezuela.
Valentine looked more like himself in the second pool play game on Wednesday against Puerto Rico. He played 17:33 off the bench and scored 15 points (6-12 FG) and tallied four rebounds. Only professional player Bobby Brown had more points with 16.
The USA routed the defending gold medalists by a score of 102-70. They are 2-0 in pool play and have already qualified for the knockout stages. Their final pool play game is against Brazil (2-0) tonight. The outcome of tonight's game will be strictly for finding the top seed of group A.
In group B, Canada, Mexico and the Dominican Republic are all alive and the USA will face one of those teams in the semifinals which start on Friday.