After defeating the Dominican Republic to kick off the 2011 Pan American Games, Team USA faced the defending champions, Brazil, in game two.
Led by former San Antonio Spurs and Austin Toros guard, Blake Ahearn, Team USA defeated Brazil 88-77 in a tense matchup that saw a scuffle break out in the remaining quarter.
Ahearn finished with 21 points, 2 assists and 2 rebounds in 21 minutes. Toros' Lance Thomas finished with 8 points and 12 rebounds and Leo Lyons grabbed 2 rebounds in limited action.
After being behind on the scoreboard for most of the game, the Americans clawed back from a 17 point deficit in the third quarter to remain undefeated.
What made the comeback more satisfying was that Brazil outscored the U.S. 17-6 and took a commanding lead at 55-38 in the third quarter. But with intense defense late in the third and fourth quarter, the U.S. came roaring back and outscored Brazil 50-22 in the second half.