Panama Knocks off United States in Men's Basketball at Pan American Games

July 26, 2007

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Danilo Pinnock poured in 23 points to lead Panama to a 75-67 victory over the United States in Group B play of the men's basketball competition at the Pan American Games, Thursday.

Washington State's Kyle Weaver started for the USA and failed to score in 27 minutes of action. The Cougar guard did pull down seven rebounds and added an assist. WSU's Derrick Low played just over a minute and did not score after sitting out the USA's opener against Uruguay.

Roy Hibbert led the United States (0-2) with a team-high 19 points and tied for game-high honors with nine rebounds.

The Americans built a 29-15 lead with 8:05 to play in the second quarter on the strength of 10 points from Drew Neitzel. Panama (1-1) responded with an 18-4 run to close the half, tying the score at 33. Five different players contributed points during the spurt capped by Jose Lloreda's bucket as time expired in the half.

Led by 11 points from Pinnock and nine from Jair Jamel Peralta, the Panamanians outscored the Americans 24-11 in the third quarter to take a 57-44 advantage heading into the final stanza.

The United States cut its deficit to 59-52 on a 3-pointer by Shan Foster with 7:14 to play, but was unable to get closer the rest of the way despite Panama shooting 1-for-7 from the foul line in the final 1:18.

The United States will finish Group B play with a 3:45 p.m. PDT game, Friday against Argentina (2-0). ESPN Deportes will air the game live with pregame coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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