LAS VEGAS — The U.S. is any other step nearer to qualifying for the FIBA Basketball International Cup.
Frank Mason III scored 16 issues and the U.S. beat Uruguay 114-57 on Friday evening within the American citizens’ first recreation of the second one around of qualifying for subsequent yr’s International Cup. The American citizens took command with a 15-Zero run past due within the first quarter, and completed the sport taking pictures 61 %.
Chasson Randle scored 15 issues and Derrick White added 14 for the U.S., which is 6-1 in qualifying. Effects from the primary around lift over, and Friday’s win places the American citizens in an overly sturdy place.
To be confident of qualifying for subsequent yr’s International Cup in China, the entire American citizens wish to do is end some of the most sensible 3 of a six-team workforce that’s additionally composed of Argentina (6-1), Puerto Rico (Five-2), Uruguay (Four-Three), Panama (Three-Four) and Mexico (Three-Four). After rolling previous Uruguay, the U.S. has a two-game lead over fourth position with 5 video games closing.
For the primary around of qualifying, the U.S. went in large part with a roster composed of G League avid gamers. There was once a lot more of an NBA presence Friday, due to it nonetheless being the offseason.
Of the 11 American citizens who were given into the sport, 9 had some NBA enjoy – that workforce combining for 259 appearances. And so they made positive the result of this recreation was once by no means unsure.
It was once 28-Eight after one quarter, 56-24 at halftime. Diego Garcia’s layup halfway throughout the opening quarter were given Uruguay inside of 10-7, and that was once concerning the lone second of hope for the guests.
Sir Francis Bacon and Moore each and every had 4 issues within the 15-Zero first-quarter run, and the American citizens saved overall keep an eye on the remainder of the way in which.
There are 3 “home windows” for second-round video games – one who began Thursday and runs via Monday, any other going from Nov. 29 via Dec. Three, after which the overall one from Feb. 21-25. G-League avid gamers will constitute america in the ones home windows. The International Cup starts Aug. 31 and NBA avid gamers will go back for that.
Uruguay: Hosts Mexico on Monday.
U.S.: Visits Panama on Monday.