The U.S. U16 team opened with a near-100-point rout in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship on Tuesday.
The Americans crushed Mexico, 130-31, in their first game behindDiamond Stone’s 20 points, Malik Newman’s 19 and 14 apiece from Harry Giles and Ivan Rabb Jr. Rabb Jr. added 12 rebounds and Giles had 10. Here’s the box.
“With the international shot clock of 24 seconds, both teams have to keep playing,” USA coach Don Showalter told SNY.tv by phone from Uruguay. “With our length we caused quite a few turnovers and easy baskets so that was a big difference, obviously.
“I thought Diamond played well. I thought Harry and Ivan both played extremely well, dominated the boards. Our guards got them the ball. They were very unselfish. We had 29 assists. We were an exceptionally unselfish team.”
The U.S. will play Argentina Wednesday night.
“They’ve always played us tough over the years,” Showalter said. “They’re very well coached and it’s going to be a much closer game than this, obviously.”
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