Jeremy Lamb led Team USA with 25 points in a 87-85 loss to Croatia in the FIBA U19 World Championship just a day removed from a 35-point effort in a win over Latvia. The US blew a five-point lead with under three minutes remaining, and Lamb got them back to within one with a jumper at the 25 second mark, but he missed a shot to tie with just six seconds left on the clock.
I haven't seen the games, but it's nice to see that Lamb is putting up big numbers. One of my big concerns going into next year is how Lamb will adapt to being the focus of the defense without Kemba Walker hanging around. He's got to be one of, it not the main threat on Team USA so his output is welcome (he averaged 13.3 points against Egypt, Serbia and China, and added 9 points in 17 minutes against Canada).
It was the United States' first loss in the tournament, dropping their record to 5-1. They're still the No. 1 seed coming out of Group F and will play either Argentina, Brazil or Latvia when the quarterfinals start on Friday.