Sept. 5, 2015
Participating in his third FIBA Americas Championship, Boston University men’s basketball alum John Holland (’11) has helped Puerto Rico advance to the second round alongside another former Terrier, head coach Rick Pitino (’78-’83).
Two years ago, Holland helped P.R. claim silver at the FIBA Americas and a berth in the 2014 World Cup. This year, 10 countries are participating in the tournament with the top two squads automatically qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics and the next three being sent to a Olympic Qualifying Tournament early next July.
Led by Naismith Hall of Famer Rick Pitino, who coached the Terriers to the 1980 NIT and 1983 NCAA tournament, P.R. went 1-3 in the opening round, highlighted by a dominating 91-61 victory over Cuba, to advance out of the preliminary round.
A member of the Turkish club Beşiktaş in 2014-15, Holland participated in all four contests averaging 3.3 ppg and 0.8 rpg. As the fourth-place team in Group B, he and P.R. will open the second round against Group A leader Mexico on Sunday and then follow with Dominican Republic, Panama and Uruguay.
The top four teams in the eight-team standings will advance to the semifinals on Sept. 11 with the title game taking place Sept. 12. Fans can watch all of the games on ESPN3.