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+.