USA Basketball Starts 2-0 In Second Round Of FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

By Jake Winderman | September 20, 2018

USA Basketball is off to a 2-0 start in the second round of FIBA World Cup qualifications after defeating Uruguay, 114-57, in Las Vegas on Friday, September 14 and Panama, 78-48, in Panama City on Monday, September 17. USA Basketball featured 11 G League alums on their 12-man roster, including Bryce Alford, Derrick White, Chasson Randle, Travis Trice, Ben Moore, Reggie Hearn, Henry Ellenson, Dakari Johnson, Jameel Warney, Dwayne Bacon and Isaiah Hicks. 2018 NBA G League Coach of the Year and Westchester Knicks head coach Mike Miller, served as an assistant coach under head coach Jeff Van Gundy.

Dwayne Bacon, who played in four games with the Greensboro Swarm last season, led all G League alumni in scoring over the past two games, averaging 10 points per contest on 45 percent shooting from the field. Henry Ellenson, who spent time with the Grand Rapids Drive last year, dominated the boards, posting a team-leading 10 rebounds per game. He also averaged 8 points per game on 46.2 percent shooting from the field. 2018 All-NBA G League First Team forward and Texas Legends alumni Jameel Warney was efficient as well, averaging 8.5 points and 5 rebounds per game on 50 percent shooting from the field.

Between the two games, USA Basketball shot 52.1 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The team outrebounded their two opponents by a combined margin of 95-61 and held Uruguay and Panama to a combined 31.9 percent shooting from the field and 17.3 percent shooting from long-range. USA Basketball forced an average of 17.5 turnovers per game and scored 43 total points off of giveaways between the two games.

USA Basketball will resume the second round of FIBA World Cup Qualifying on Thursday, November 29 with a road game against Argentina. Following that contest, USA Basketball will take on Uruguay on the road on Sunday, December 2.

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