Three Cats square off in Canada

Three Wildcats were on the floor at the same time at the Tournament of the Americas as Team USA beat Puerto Rico 92-79. The two current Wildcats got bragging rights over a future Wildcat.

Team USA got the win, but had to continually fend off rallies by Puerto Rico. It wasn't until midway in the third period before the Americans finally got a big enough margin of victory that they could breathe easy. They wound up coasting to the victory. An early 7-0 run gave Team USA an early 9-2 run, but their opponents pulled within four just a minute later. A long scoreless streak saw USA go up by eleven, but Puerto Rico went on a 9-0 to close out the first quarter and were within two moments into the second quarter.

Adam Morrison got hot from the outside and by the end of the second quarter Team USA had a double-figure lead they would not surrender. Team USA led by as many as 21 points in the third quarter.

Hassan Adams had another solid outing, scoring 11 points in 30 minutes of play.

Adams was pleased to play with future teammate Jesus Verdejo, believing it will help the Wildcats next fall.

"It was great just to get a feel for him early before we get down there in Tucson together," Adams said on the USA Basketball website. "We had a chance to talk to him before we got out there, conversing about next year. It's going to help us a lot next year. It's a great experience playing against him. Even though we just played one game, we've seen him a lot and we're getting the feel of being around each other."

Adams is also pleased to have gotten more time to play with his point guard.

"Me and Staf (Mustafa Shakur), it's great for us getting to play together like this," Adams continued. "Getting used to each other now is going to be easier than during the season, we know where our shots are, we know how to play. It's going to be good for us next year."

Shakur played just seven minutes backing up Chris Paul. He scored two points on a pair of free throws. Like Adams, he feels that this game was a good way to bond with Adams.

"It's great because I was a freshman last year and that is my first time playing with him" Shakur said. "So it will help us gel a lot more, we'll know a lot more about each other's games after this summer." Verdejo had his worst game of the tournament. He scored just two points on 1-7 shooting. In 16 minutes of play he failed to grab a rebound or dish out an assist. It is the first game in the tournament that Verdejo did not manage to score in double figures.

With the win, TEAM USA wins Group B and advances to the semifinals against Canada, which finished second in Group A. The game will tip-off at 8:00 p.m. EDT on July 31. Puerto Rico finished second in Group B and gets Group A winner Argentina.

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