US rallies from 17-point deficit, beats Brazil
GUADALAJARA, Mexico—Blake Ahearn scored 21 points as the United States rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Brazil 88-77 on Thursday night in a Group B game at the Pan American Games.
The United States, which is 2-0 and playing with a team made up of NBA D-League players, outscored Brazil 32-16 in the final quarter.
"It wasn't just one guy. We had so many guys at different points in the game who made plays for us and even the guys who weren't in, they were on the bench cheering us on," Ahearn said. "This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us and we're trying to make the most of it."
Justin Dentmon added 16 points for the Americans, who trailed 55-38 in the third, but went on a 12-0 run to get back in the game.
Wellington Santos scored 16 for Brazil, and Vitor Benite added 15.
"We've got competitive guys and we stayed with it, we never hung our heads," U.S. coach Nate Tibbets said. "We could've hung our heads but we kept competing. We stayed with it and I'm just really proud of our guys."
The Americans won their opening game Wednesday, holding off the Dominican Republic 77-76.