USA Remains Unbeaten At FIBA World Championship
RIGA, LATVIA -- All 12 players cracked the scoring column and
the USA pulled away to an 83-54 victory over Canada in a second
round game at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Riga, Latvia, on
Monday (July 4). The victory was the fourth in as many games
for the U.S. in the 16-team world tournament.
James Bell (Villanova) led the balanced U.S. attack with 16 points, while Doug McDermott (Creighton) added 10. None of the U.S. players saw more than 20 minutes of action in the win.
Butler’s Khyle Marshall, who played 18 minutes in the contest, finished with six points, three offensive rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot. He helped the U.S. to a 53-41 rebounding advantage in the game.
Next on the U.S. schedule is a game against Lithuania (3-1). Just one week ago, June 28, the USA squad dropped a 108-75 decision to Lithuania in an exhibition game in Vilnius, Lithuania.
“We just have to play better, we didn’t play well, and they played really well. If we’re going to have a chance against them we’re going to have to play better and hope they don’t play as well,” said U.S. head coach Paul Hewitt.
In another game on Monday, Australia defeated Russia, 85-78. Butler recruit Jackson Aldridge had six points, one assist and two steals for the winning Australia squad.
U.S. Preliminary Round Schedule at the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men
Thursday, June 30 - USA 115, Egypt, 60
Friday, July 1 - USA 80, Serbia 78
Saturday, July 2 - USA 82, China 66
U.S. Second Round Schedule
Monday, July 4 - USA 83, Canada 54
Tuesday, July 5 - vs. Lithuania, 7:30 a.m. (ET)
Wednesday, July 6 - vs. Croatia, 7:30 a.m. (ET)
(Photo by Vytautas Mikaitis)