Montenegro sent a clear message to the United States, indicating that the competition is getting tougher.
They seized the lead at halftime, but thanks to Anthony Edwards’ leadership, the United States staged a second-half comeback, preserving their perfect record in Manila.
Montenegro earned the respect of the basketball world for their spirited 40-minute performance.
Despite their small population of only 600,000, they displayed resilience and made a memorable impression. The final score favored the United States, ending at 85-73.
The USA secured their place in the Quarter-Finals after Lithuania defeated Greece in the other game of the group.
“They got 22 offensive rebounds, they executed, tried to pound us inside, but I’m proud of our guys,” said Steve Kerr, USA head coach.
“It was not our night offensively, we’ll look at the tape, we didn’t move the ball well at all, that’s why we got into the trouble. These games are going to happen, you have to be able to fight through them.”
Watch the game highlights between the United States and Montenegro in the First Round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023: