Doug's European Diary; Team USA Celebrates 4th of July With Win Over Canada

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Doug McDermott and No. 5 pick in the NBA draft Jonas Valanciunas (photo by FIBA)
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Creighton men's basketball player Doug McDermott headed to Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday, June 17th to attend the 2011 USA U19 World Championship Team Training Camp. He is one of 20 players in camp, a figure which was cut to 13 on Sunday morning. On Wednesday, June 22nd, McDermott learned he made the team.

The men on the team headed to Lithuania on June 24th for a few practices and scrimmages and are now competing in the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship For Men in late June/early July in Latvia. The team is currently 5-0 and the tournament's only remaining unbeaten club.

While he's away, Doug will be writing a blog exclusively on GoCreighton.com, and will try to keep us updated while he's away. Below is his 12th entry (and fifth from Europe), with USA Basketball photos by Steven Maikoski/USA Basketball:

July 5

What a great last few days it has been in Riga. I was able to help my dad and brother out with some clothes as they had to wait for their lost luggage. What a rough way to start off their trip. We started out with our first game against Team Canada on the fourth of July and came out victorious.  They have a great point guard (Kevin Pangos) who will be a freshman at Gonzaga next year. We did a really good job on not letting him get going from the 3-point line, which was huge. They also had a 7'4 guy on their team which definitely made things interesting. He had good touch and played well against us. I believe he is going to Xavier. We knew our biggest challenge was coming the next day.

Lithuania, led by Jonas Valanciunas, had smacked us by 30 points a week previous to our tournament matchup against them. We knew this would be a great test to see how well we have grown as a team thus far. We got off to an incredible start and were up 20 at one point in the first half. I believe they (Lithuania) finished the half on a 14-1 run. We played well in the third and most of the fourth, but fell apart down the stretch. They forced overtime and led by 6 with 3 minutes remaining in OT. Then it turned into the Patric Young and Jeremy Lamb show. Patric had back to back "and-1" dunks and Jeremy had a turn-around jumper that sealed the deal.  Coming back from behind in that atmosphere is not an easy thing to do, but we stayed calm and did something special.

Tomorrow we face a very good Croatia team. I know they have a few NBA prospects on their team, so it will be a challenge for us. It isn't going to get easier for us going forward, but I am pretty sure we have the number one seed locked up. I wanted to wish a happy belated birthday to my lovely mother and hope you all had a great fourth of July weekend!

Go Jays!

Doug McD

Previous Entries from Colorado Springs:
June 17, June 18, June 19, June 20, June 21, June 22, June 23

Previous Entries from Europe:
June 25, June 27, June 28, July 2

Games:
June 26 vs. Lithuania's U20 Team (Exhibition) L 101-72 | Recap | Box Score
June 28 vs. Lithuania's U19 Team (Exhibition) L 108-75 | Recap | Box Score

June 30 vs. Egypt W 115-60 | Recap | Box Score | Quotes 
July 1 vs. Serbia W 80-78| Recap | Box Score | Quotes
July 2 vs. China W 82-66 | Recap | Box Score | Quotes

July 4 vs. Canada W 83-54 | Recap | Box Score | Quotes
July 5 vs. Lithuania W 107-105 (OT) | Recap | Box Score | Quotes
July 6 vs. Croatia 6:30 am | Recap | Box Score | Quotes

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