Jun 21, 2014 12:05 AM by Jordan Mason
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (June 20, 2014) -- The 2014 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team (1-0) built an early double-digit lead, went up 44-15 after the first quarter and cruised to a 156-58 victory over Uruguay (0-1) to open FIBA Americas U18 Championship play on Friday night at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The offensive showing set five USA records in FIBA Americas U18 Championship play, including USA team records for most points scored, largest margin of victory (98 points), most field goals made (59), most team assists (40), and most assists by an individual after Jalen Brunson (Adlai E. Stevenson H.S./Lincolnshire, Ill.) dished out 13. Further, Luke Kennard (Franklin H.S./Franklin, Ohio), who finished with a game-high 30 points after shooting 7-of-12 from 3-point range, tied the USA's U18 record for most 3-point attempts.
"I think the one thing we've been talking about is trying to play unselfishly, and they did that tonight," said USA U18 National Team and University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan, whose USA Basketball head coaching record now stands at 15-0. "Forty assists. They were really unselfish; they played well together. I was really pleased coming out of the half and I feel we got off to a great start at the second half and then it kind of carried on. I thought overall, their willingness to pass and share the basketball was special tonight."
The USA squad, which had 10 players score in double digits, saw all 12 members score by halftime after Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S./Fullerton, Calif.) threw down a rim-rattling dunk at the 2:40 mark of the second quarter.
In addition to Kennard's 30 points, the USA squad received 15 from Justise Winslow (St. John's School/ Houston, Texas); Chase Jeter (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.), Allonzo Trier (Montrose Christian/Seattle, Wash.) and Myles Turner (Trinity H.S./Bedford, Texas) each scored 14; Stephen Zimmerman (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.) shot 6-of-7 from the field and finished with 13 points; Jaylen Brown (Wheeler H.S./Alpharetta, Ga.), Brunson and Johnson chipped in 11 points apiece; while Tyler Lydon (New Hampton School/Elizaville, N.Y.) added 10 points.
"My teammates really helped me today by finding me in good spots," said Kennard. "I was kind of feeling it, but really without my teammates I wouldn't have been able to score like that."
"For me, I just decided to play hard and get my teammates open looks and luckily they came through for me," stated Brunson on his record-setting night. "I'm not satisfied though, we have to keep going and get that gold medal."
Lydon grabbed nine and Turner had eight of the USA's 57 rebounds to help the North Americans outrebound their opponents 57-26, including a 19-5 margin on the offensive glass. Isaiah Briscoe (Roselle Catholic H.S./Union, N.J.) dished out nine assists, while Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.) passed off for six and Kennard had four. Further, Turner was credited for four blocked shots and Jones and Kennard picked off four steals apiece.