In a span of three days, USA Basketball defeated New Zealand, the Dominican Republic and Ukraine on a combined score of 299-213. Our friends across the Tasman Sea sent Hakka warriors. We sent a Manimal. You do the math.
Rather than taking the FIBA Basketball World Cup seriously, Senegal—seeing the extent by which the U.S. discarded their recent competition—withdrew their roster and since sent an intramural squad from Kaolack to fill in.
“I’m just really excited all of the fans could make it out tonight, umm, today, umm whatever time it is here in Spain,” said eighth-grader Yacine Abdoulaye. “This is my first trip away from home and, consequently, the first time I’ll be missing classes.”
The game went about as expected. Senegal’s team, Juste pour le plaisir!, chucked 175 air balls and careened shots so hard off the backboard that even Mason Plumlee took note.
“That was … I mean, my god,” said Plumlee after Friday’s game.
At one juncture, Juste pour le plaisir!’s point guard, Moussa Daly Ndour, attempted a finger roll on Anthony Davis. Davis, Team USA’s leader in blocked shots, rejected the attempt with such force that the rest of the game was canceled on account of “crater in floor.”
Despite the 750-6 throttling, Juste pour le plaisir! head coach Mohamet Faye seemed rather optimistic and unfazed by the experience:
“C’est notre première fois sur une nuit d’école, nous essayons simplement de prendre tout,” said Faye.