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PUR/ESP - Versatile Holland finds his shooting stroke

SEVILLE (Liga Endesa/FIBA Americas Championship) - When Cajasol Sevilla announced last summer that they had signed John Holland, the expectation was that the Puerto Rico international would provide a lot of firepower.

The 1.98m shooting guard had nailed 44.9% (22 of 49) of his attempts from long range in the EuroChallenge for Chorale Roanne, and 39% (49 of 123) in France.

"John Holland is a good player with versatility who can also give us an outside shot," Garcia said at the time.

The Boricua had arguably his finest outing last time out, burying four of six shots from the arc in an 81-73 Cajasol triumph at UCAM Murcia.

The performance from Holland, who featured for Puerto Rico at the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship and helped them claim a fourth-place finish, came at a good time.

The team-high 22 points, along with six rebounds, helped keep Cajasol on a roll.

They have now won six of their last eight games in the Liga Endesa.

Holland was so effective that he was named in the best quintet for the latest round of games.

Red hot

The early part of the campaign was a major struggle for Cajasol, who claimed just a single win in their first 10 games but the tide has turned.

When considering the two defeats in that current positive stretch were by a combined six points to Joventut Badalona and Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada, Cajasol haven't been doing too badly of late.

Holland didn’t hit a three-pointer in six of the team’s first 11 games.

In four of the team’s last six Liga Endesa games, though, he hit at least two three-balls.

Cajasol will be hoping that Holland gives the team a spark in the Eurocup Last 16 on Wednesday evening when they host Lokomotiv Kuban and go for their first win in this phase of the competition.

He is shooting 40% from beyond the arc in the Last 16.

The national team

As for Puerto Rico, there is no shortage of players in the backcourt for coach Flor Melendez to choose from.

Could Holland, 24, make a return to the national side for this summer's FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas, Venezuela?

In Mar del Plata two years ago, he did well when given extended time on the court.

In the Semi-Final against Argentina, he played for 17 minutes and hit three of four shots from the long range and finished with 11 points in an 81-79 defeat to the eventual champions.

After that heartbreaking defeat, Holland was on the court for 19 minutes in the Bronze Medal Game against the Dominican Republic and he hit two of his three shots from three-point range en route to 13 points.

The Boricuas lost that game, 103-89.


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