US men’s basketball team loses its first game in nearly 13 years to Australia

(CNN) — For over a decade, the United States asserted its dominance in international men’s soccer. All that changed when Team USA dropped its first match since 2006.
The Boomers, ranked 11th by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), won its first match against No. 1 ranked USA, beating the group 98-94. The game was played Marvel Stadium in Melbourne with a crowd of over 52,000, the largest crowd to watch basketball.
The US had won 78 games in important tournaments and exhibitions before Saturday’s World Cup exhibition matchup.
“The Aussies gave us a terrific lesson as much as where we now must be and we have to play in this type of competition,” US head coach Gregg Popovich said after the game. “Thus, we will get used to that and hopefully learn.”
The loss comes two weeks after the US beat Australia 102-86 on Thursday. Was during the 2006 semifinals of the FIBA World Championship.
“nobody wins eternally,” Popovich said.
The US’ exhibition is Monday against Canada in Sydney before going to the World Cup in China. There the defending World Cup champion will face the Czech Republic.

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