The U.S. men's Olympic basketball team got the jump on Argentina in an exhibition game Sunday, building a 15-point lead by the end of the first quarter. But the Argentinians battled back all afternoon, and the Americans had to hang on for an 86-80 win.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski was pleased with what he saw from the U.S.:
"It was a great game for us because we played against champions. The Argentine team played like champions for over a decade and to play in a game like, I thought it was really our first international. I thought our guys did a great job at the start of each half," said Mike Krzyzewski, USA and Duke University head coach.
Argentina rallied from a 39-19 deficit in the second quarter to get within five; they were down seven at the break. They found themselves down 20 again late in the third quarter but once again rallied to make things interesting down the stretch.