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Pan-Am Games 2015: Melo Trimble improves as Team USA cruises by Puerto Rico

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Trimble recovers well from sloppy play against Venezuela, contributing all-around in a Team USA blowout win.


Run through a more fluid offense, Team USA dominated Puerto Rico in a 102 to 70 victory Wednesday, clinching a spot in the semi-finals at the Pan-American Games.

Melo Trimble, who struggled in his debut, played much better in his second outing.

Despite going against an NBA point guard in the Dallas Mavericks J.J. Barea, Trimble kept his turnovers in check, and was able to get into the paint easily to kick to perimeter shooters, getting everyone involved.

He matched his point total from the entire game against Venezuela in the first half against Puerto Rico, before switching to a pass-first mentality in the second half.

Team USA thrived behind the arc, hitting 10 of 17 three-point attempts in the first half, and Trimble assisted on two of them, before hitting one himself from NBA range quickly after checking into the game for the first time.

Puerto Rico struggled to cover either of Team USA's point guards, allowing the starter, Bobby Brown to hit five three-point shots in the first half.

Trimble finished the game with 5 points on 1 of 6 shooting, 4 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 turnovers in just under 21 minutes of play. Most of his negative statistics came in the non-competitive minutes of the blowout.

Team USA will take on Brazil, another undefeated team, July 23rd at 9:00 p.m.