USA PAN AMERICAN BLOG

Tulsa 66ers fans can check in with the USA Pan American Blog throughout the 2011 Pan American Games for updates on Team USA, led by 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts and assistants Dale Osbourne, Jermaine Byrd and athletic trainer Tony Katzenmeier. On the 12-man USA roster is also Jerome Dyson and Marcus Lewis, who both suited up for the Tulsa 66ers last season.

2011 PAN AM WRAP UP FROM MEXICO (Monday, Oct. 31, 11:00 a.m.)
The USA Team returned to the states with a bronze medal after competing in the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico this past week. The USA team was led by 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts and assistants Dale Osbourne and Jermaine Byrd, as well as athletic trainer Tony Katzenmeier.

The USA went 3-2 overall in five days, with a win coming against the Dominican Republic on Sunday to earn the bronze medal. The medal was the first for the United States since 1999.

“I thought our guys bounced back from a couple of tough losses and were truly professionals,” Tibbetts said. “What a great thing for our guys to win a bronze. We (USA) haven’t done that since 1999, and now we have something to bring home with us and be really proud of.”

Included on the red, white and blue 12-man roster was Jerome Dyson and Marcus Lewis, who both suited up for the Tulsa 66ers last season.

Dyson averaged 11.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals in 22.4 minutes per game. Lewis added 7.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steal in 23.4 minutes per contest.

Tournament highs for the duo included 19 points for Dyson against Uruguay on Friday night and four steals versus Brazil on Friday. Lewis recorded a high of 12 points against the Dominican Republic on Sunday, including the game-winning basket, and also added nine rebounds against Brazil on Friday.

“All these guys will frame these jerseys at some point down the line, and it will be nice to frame it with a bronze medal,” Tibbetts said.

Click the following links for additional Pan Am coverage
Bronze Medal Game Recap | Final USA Quotes | Schedule/Results

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USA TAKES DOWN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, WINS BRONZE (Sunday, Oct. 30, 2:30 p.m.)
The USA will return from Mexico with a bronze medal, as Team USA held on to defeat the Dominican Republic by a 94-92 final score. All 12 players on Team USA scored in the Sunday contest. The bronze medal is the USA men's first in Pan American Games action since 1999.

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USA MEETS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IN PAN AM BRONZE MEDAL GAME (Sunday, Oct. 30, 11:30 a.m.)
Team USA closes out the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico with a matchup with the Dominican Republic. The winner of today's game will earn the bronze medal. Fans can watch the contest by CLICKING HERE.

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MEXICO STOPS TEAM USA IN SEMIFINALS OF PAN AM GAMES (Saturday, Oct. 29, 3:30 p.m.)
Mexico defeated Team USA in the semifinals of the 2011 Pan Am Games by a 71-55 final score in Guadalajara. Visit the official USA Basketball website for full coverage of the games.

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USA FACES MEXICO IN SEMIFINAL MATCHUP SATURDAY (Saturday, Oct. 29, 10:00 a.m.)
Team USA advanced to the Pan Am semifinals on Saturday as the No. 1 seed in Group B. Tibbetts and his USA squad will play the No. 2 seed from Group A, Mexico, Saturday at 1 p.m. CDT. Fans can watch the matchup on ESPN Deportes, or online by CLICKING HERE!

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URUGUAY FIGHTS BACK TO DEFEAT USA (Friday, Oct. 28, 8:20 p.m.)
Uruguay handed Team USA its first loss in the 2011 Pan Am Games Friday night in Mexico. The 82-80 victory was Uruguay's first of the Pan Am Games. Jerome Dyson, who suited up for the 66ers last season, led Team USA with 19 points Friday night.

Game Recap | Box Score | Quotes

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URUGUAY UP NEXT FOR TEAM USA (Friday, Oct. 28, 9:20 a.m.)
Team USA, now 2-0 in Pan Am play, meets Uruguay Friday at 5:30 p.m. CDT to wrap up pool play in Guadalajara. ESPN Deportes will televise the contest. Fans can also watch the game live via webcast by CLICKING HERE!

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USA RALLIES FROM 17 DOWN TO DEFEAT BRAZIL (Thursday, Oct. 27, 9:20 p.m.)
Team USA rallied from 17 down in the second half to knock off Brazil by an 88-77 final score. Blake Ahearn paced the team with 21 points. Jerome Dyson posted 10 points, four steals and two steals in 26 minutes. Marcus Lewis added eight points, nine rebounds and one block in 26 minutes.

Check out the following links to last night's game.
Game Recap | Box Score | Quotes | Schedule/Results

USA next meets Uruguay on Friday, Oct. 28, at 5:30 p.m. CDT and will be televised live by ESPN Deportes. Fans can also watch the contest live via webcast by CLICKING HERE!

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UP NEXT: USA VS. BRAZIL AT 8 P.M. (Thursday, Oct. 27, 9:45 a.m.)
Team USA next hits the hardwood tonight, Oct. 27, against Brazil at 8 p.m. CDT. Brazil defeated Uruguay Wednesday night by an 80-71 margin in Guadalajara. ESPN2 is scheduled to air the game tonight live from Mexico. The second round matchup can also be viewed live via webcast by CLICKING HERE.

Also, if you want to catch up on last night's USA win, check out the links below!
Game Story | Box Score | Quotes | Schedule/Results

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USA TOPS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IN OPENING ROUND THRILLER (Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7:20 p.m.)
Team USA won its opening round contest in the 2011 Pan American Games against the Dominican Republic by a 77-76 final. The back-and-forth game came down to the final possession, as Team USA improved to 1-0.

Helping close the game out for USA was Marcus Lewis, who blocked two Dominican shots in the final 12 seconds of regulation. The forward also added 5 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assists in 19 minutes. Jerome Dyson was also big for Team USA, as the guard posted 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in 19 minutes.

USA next meets Brazil on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 8:00 p.m. CDT (ESPN2).

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GAME IS UNDERWAY (Wednesday, Oct. 26, 5:40 p.m.)
Team USA's opening round game against the Dominican Republic is underway. Make sure you are watching live via webcast by CLICKING HERE!

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GAMEDAY IN GUADALAJARA (Wednesday, Oct. 26, 10:00 a.m.)
It is gameday in Mexico! Team USA opens the 2011 Pan American Games against the Dominican Republic tonight at 5:30 p.m. CDT. USA Basketball caught up with USA head coach Nate Tibbetts just hours before tip off to ask if his team is ready. CLICK HERE to view the interview.

Don't forget! Fans can watch tonight's contest via webcast by CLICKING HERE! The game will also be televised by ESPN Deportes.

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USA ALL-ACCESS (Tuesday, Oct. 25, 10:30 p.m.)
NBAE was in Tulsa during training camp last week and released this all-access video just hours before Team USA tips off the 2011 Pan American Games against the Dominican Republic.

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USA SCRIMMAGES PUERTO RICO (Tuesday, Oct. 25, 10:00 a.m.)
The USA Pan American team scrimmaged Puerto Rico on Monday night in Mexico. Gearing up for the Pan Am Games which begin on Wednesday, Team USA boasted balanced scoring in the tune-up, as all 12 players on the roster scored. Puerto Rico won the first quarter, while Team USA won the second and third periods. The fourth quarter ended in a tie. Leading Team USA in scoring was Moses Ehambe with 14 points, including 4-6 shooting from 3-point range. Jerome Dyson scored 13 points while Blake Ahearn added 10. Marcus Lewis posted a team-high nine rebounds, helping Team USA outrebound Puerto Rico 43-34 on the boards.

Team USA opens Pan Am play Wednesday, Oct. 26, against the Dominican Republic at 5:30 p.m. CDT.

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BROADCAST SCHEDULE (Monday, Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m.)
ESPN has announced its broadcast schedule for the 2011 Pan American Games. The USA men’s basketball team, led by Tulsa 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts, will tip off its schedule on Wednesday, Oct. 26, versus the Dominican Republic. Check the television schedule below to see how you can watch the USA Team in the Pan Am Games.

Oct. 26 vs. Dominican Republic (5:30 p.m. CDT): ESPN Deportes
Oct. 27 vs. Brazil (8 p.m. CDT): ESPN2
Oct. 28 vs. Uruguay (5:30 CDT): ESPN Deportes
Oct. 29 Men’s Semifinals: ESPN Deportes
Oct. 30 Gold Medal Game (4 p.m. CDT, tape delay): ESPN2

CLICK HERE to view ESPN’s broadcast schedule of the 2011 Pan Am Games.

Additionally, games can be viewed via webcast by CLICKING HERE.