The United States won the gold medal in men’s basketball at the 2020 Olympics, and now the women’s team will attempt to do the same as the Olympics begin to come to a close this weekend. Their opponent, however, will be coached by a former Nittany Lion.

The United States women’s basketball team will go up against Japan, the host nation. And Japan is coached by a former Penn State men’s basketball player, Tom Hovasse. No matter the result, Hovasse has already coached the Japanese women’s team to its best finish at the Olympics.

Under the coaching of Hovasser, Japan

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Jul. 31—Another Maine connection to the Summer Olympics has emerged.

Lee Academy alumnus Mihailo “Michael” Vasic is a member of Serbia’s 3×3 men’s basketball team that this week captured the bronze medal in the inaugural edition of that sport as an Olympic event in Tokyo.

Serbia went 7-0 in pool play during the tournament, then lost to the Russian Olympic Committee in the semifinals before defeating Belgium 21-10 in the bronze-medal match — with Vasic scoring the game-ending basket.

Vasic, a native of Novi Sad, Serbia, spent the 2013-14 school year at Lee Academy studying and competing on the school’s

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