BASKETBALL: U.S. crushes Uruguay in men’s World Cup qualifier

The qualifying games for the FIBA men’s World Cup in 2019 are continuing in the second round of the Americas group, with the top three teams in Groups E and F to qualify.

The U.S. is in Group E and opened its second round of games on Friday with a 114-57 shellacking of Uruguay to take first place in the group. Coach Jeff van Gundy’s team had a 28-8 lead after the quarter mark and 56-18 at half. The American squad shot 61% from the field and had five men in double figures: Frank Mason (16), Chasson Randle (15), Derrick White (14) and Henry Ellenson and Dwayne Bacon with 10. Friday’s games and standings:

∙ Games: United States 114, Uruguay 57, at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada;
Puerto Rico 82, Panama 73 at San Juan, Puerto Rico;
Argentina 78, Mexico 74, at Mexico City

∙ Standings: United States (6-1), Argentina (6-1), Puerto Rico (5-2), Uruguay (4-3), Panama (3-4), Mexico (3-4).

The second half of this opening window of Group E games continues on Monday:

∙ United States at Panama in Panama City
∙ Mexico at Uruguay in Montevideo
∙ Puerto Rico at Argentina in Formosa

These will be the last games for a couple of months, as the next pair of games will take place on 29 November and 2 December.

In Group F, Canada and Venezuela are both 6-1 now, with Brazil and the Dominican Republic at 5-2 and the Virgin Islands at 2-5 and Chile at 1-6.

The FIBA site has video coverage of these games; the U.S. games are also on ESPN+.