Greetings from Gwangju!

It has been an eventful first week here in South Korea. After a 13 hour flight to Seoul, we unfortunately missed the train to Gwangju by about 10 minutes and had to entertain ourselves in the airport for three hours while we waited for another train. After a two and a half hour ride to the center of Gwangju, we caught a quick bus over to the Athlete Village at about 1:00 A.M. local time. We checked in, got some food, and took a much-needed night of sleep.

Because our first game was not scheduled until the 4th, we got in some good training by ourselves and also with the Italians, who were guided by former Bruin Cristiano Mirarchi. However, a last minute schedule change for the games threw us a curveball; we were now scheduled to open against Japan on July 2nd instead of the 4th. We played hard and defeated the Japanese 13-12 to open the tournament.

After a day break, we faced Turkey, who despite their brute strength and size were unable to keep up with our team speed. We defeated them 12-8 and looked forward to Russia, widely regarded as the top team in the tournament.

Our game against the Russians went extremely well for three quarters. Our attack kept them on their toes and stifled their transition game, while our frontcourt defense and 5 man defense suffocated their centers and shooters. Unfortunately, we fell apart a bit late and although we took a 6-5 lead into the fourth, we ultimately fell 9-6. The result was disappointing, to say the least, but there were a lot of good moments and the game served as a great learning experience for our boys.

Our fourth game pitted us against the Serbians, who had shown their offensive prowess in a one-goal duel with the Russians earlier in the tournament. We knew defense would be key as we looked to rebound from our setback the day prior. In a low scoring bout, we ultimately edged the Serbs 7-6 on a goal with 9 seconds remaining from captain Ryder Roberts.

With one game remaining against China, we look to close out our group play in second place, which puts us in an excellent position to advance into the medal rounds. We will keep you updated as our games and adventures through Korea occur, and hope everyone back home is doing great. Thank you for all your support.

Go USA!

Adam Wright

Head Coach