Marcus Lewis played well for Team USA as they defeated the Dominican Republic in their first game at the 2011 Pan-Am Games. Photo by Steven Maikoski/USA Basketball
Team USA didn't exactly start strong at the 2011 Pan-Am Games, but the men's basketball team was able to come back and defeat the Dominican Republic National Team on Wednesday night. The team made up of NBA Development League players was trailed 37-29 at halftime, but came back to claim a 77-76 victory in the end.
Marcus Lewis, a veteran in the D-League with the Tulsa 66ers, came up huge with a pair of blocks and what amounted to be the game-winning free-throw in the closing seconds. Team USA's leading scorer, Lance Thomas, finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds after what can only be described as a sub-par first half.
The game's best player was, as predicted, Dominicana's Jack Michael Martinez. Martinez finished the game with 31 points and 10 rebounds after totaling 15 points and seven rebounds in the first half, but his teammates couldn't do enough to help the Dominican Republic pull out the victory.
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