Kentucky coach John Calipari wondered Saturday if his Team USA squad can keep its foot on the gas “when we get to one of the good teams” at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup. That remains to be seen after a second rout in as many days, this time 109-68 against overmatched Angola on Sunday in Egypt.
That’s a 60-point bludgeoning and 41-point demolition to open pool play, which wraps up for the U.S. on Tuesday against Italy. Calipari’s two Kentucky freshmen, Hamidou Diallo and P.J. Washington, starred again in the latest victory.
Diallo had 15 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists and a block in 22 minutes, while Washington produced 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in 20 minutes after the pair combined for 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in Game 1. Washington scored the game’s first 4 points Sunday and had another flurry in the fourth quarter: a steal and tomahawk dunk, then a driving, violent two-hand slam.
Diallo led all scorers with 11 points in the first half, including a driving three-point play and an array of dunks. The one right before intermission was SportsCenter worthy: Diallo blocked a 3-pointer, raced to the other end and got eye-level with the rim for a nasty windmill finish.
He opened the second half similarly, cocking the ball behind his head for a two-hand jam in transition. It was another good day for the Wildcats in Egypt. Earlier, sophomore Tai Wynyard had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in New Zealand’s loss to France. That came after he delivered 22 points in an opening victory Saturday.
Only two of the three 5-star recruits from the Class of 2018 with UK offers played Sunday. Romeo Langford, who sat out the second half of Team USA’s game Saturday, did not play against Angola. Point guard Immanuel Quickley scored 12 points — hitting three consecutive 3-pointers at one point — and had 2 assists and a steal in 19 minutes. Forward Cameron Reddish had 11 points (also making three 3-pointers) with 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 16 minutes.
Wildcat Stats Through 2 Games
USA vs Angola highlights
What’s next for Team USA in the 2017 FIBA World Cup?
Calipari, Diallo, Washington and Team USA (2-0) will face Italy at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4, in the final game of pool play. The U.S. is in Group D. After the next game, all 16 teams will be seeded and times and matchups set for the round of 16, followed by quarterfinals, semifinals and gold and bronze medal games July 5-9.
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USA vs Angola box score