Ryan Boatright and the 18-under USA team open pool play in less than two hours (8 p.m. in Mannheim, Germany) against the Croatia national team. Tomorrow the Americans play France and Monday they meet Argentina before moving on to the "qualification round."
Boatright led his team with 19 points in Thursday's 76-66 overtime exhibition loss to the 18-under German team and followed it with this blog entry for the Beacon News:
"Well, I didn't even know I led the team in scoring, so that's good news. lol.
"It's very, very weird playing over here. You get three steps over here. In order for it to be a travel you have to take four steps. lol. But it is crazy because we were taking two steps and doing regular lay ups and they were calling travels. lol.
"So that threw us all the way off. But i think we're getting the hang of it and will take care of business today.
"The team is pretty good on sharing the ball and not complaining about pt (playing time). We understand it's about the gold medal and not individuals."