The USA Basketball men’s team routed the Dominican Republic 72-56 at the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup in Montevideo, Uruguay to reach the tournament semifinals.
C.J. Williams (Texas Legends, NC State) led the way with 15 points and 4 steals, while Darrun Hilliard (LA Clippers, Villanova) and Jameel Warney (Texas Legends, Stony Brook) each added 13 points in the win.
This one was over early as the US never trailed in the game, leading 20-13 after one, 38- 28 at the half, and 54-40 after three quarters.
“I thought our level of readiness to compete tonight was very high,” USA coach Jeff Van Gundy told usab.com. “We set a good tone defensively. We got to the basket and attacked. That’s a good combination, when you attack on offense and you’re ready to guard defensively.”
Van Gundy’s defense-minded squad held the Dominican to a lowly 30 percent field goal shooting for the game, while themselves shooting a robust 47 percent on the offensive end.
“The win today was all about defense,” said Kendall Marshall (Reno Bighorns, North Carolina). “I think we held them to a low shooting percentage. We finished plays with rebounds. I think the points that they did get, came from self-inflicted mistakes. When we don’t beat ourselves, we can guard anyone.”
Next up for USA (3-0) is matchup against the Virgin Islands (1-2) on Sept. 2 in the AmeriCup semifinals.
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