Whenever Team USA plays a basketball game, it's a safe bet that they'll produce the vast majority of the highlights. No other team in the world features so many elite athletes, and head coach Mike Krzyzewski has created a system that plays to that strength. The Americans run and jump on another level from all other international squads.
Early in Friday's exhibition game at Madison Square Garden in New York City, though, it was Puerto Rico that produced the most exciting moments. The best came at the first-quarter buzzer, when forward Ricky Sanchez slid past Team USA's Mason Plumlee to finish a follow dunk with his left hand to tie the game at 26-26. Check it out below:
The 27-year-old Sanchez, a 2005 draftee of the Portland Trail Blazers, spent some time in the D-League before moving to the National Superior Basketball League of Puerto Rico, where he has been an All-Star four times. Like many players for Puerto Rico, he doesn't have a resume that comes close to matching even the least notable players on Team USA. Nonetheless, he and his teammates look plenty capable of competing with those more famous opponents in FIBA play.
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