More Shorts: Heading for A Showdown

Heading for A Showdown

Steadily, if not always impressively, the U.S. basketball teams plowed through their preliminary games in defense of the Olympic championships they won in 1984. The men were inconsistent, crushing Spain 97-53, Egypt 102-35 and China 108-57, but struggling to subdue Canada 76-70. Against Brazil, which upset the Americans in last year's Pan Am Games final, the U.S. trailed early. But a suffocating full-court defense led by Vernell ("Bimbo") Coles and muscular moves under the basket by J.R. Reid shook the Brazilians' rhythm. By half time the U.S. had moved ahead 63-55, and a 21-7 tear at the start of the second...

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