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USA U17 team steamrolls Angola 99-56 in FIBA World Championships

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Team USA got all 12 players in the scoring column on Saturday as they rolled past Angola 99-56 in pool play at the FIBA U17 World Championships in Dubai.

The two-time defending champion Americans held off Greece on Friday and jumped out to a 27-5 lead in crushing Angola from the opening tip.

Class of 2016 forward Harry Giles led the charge for the Americans, scoring a team-high 14 points and also tallying six steals as he led the charge as the head of the full court pressure for the United States. Angola simply couldn’t handle the pressure the United States threw at them, as they were held to 29 percent shooting 21-for-71 and had 28 turnovers.

Class of 2016 wing Terrence Ferguson tallied 13 points off-the-bench and knocked in a few three-pointers while fellow 2016 wing Jayson Tatum added 10 and 2015 big man Caleb Swanigan had 10 points of his own.

After a monster outing yesterday, 2015 big man Diamond Stone was once again a force on the glass, as he went for eight points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.

Center Silvio de Sousa led Angola with 17 points. Forward Joao Jungo also added 13 points while forward Bruno Fernando and forward Valdir Manuel had 12 points each.

Team USA plays its next game on Monday at 10:45 a.m. EST against the Philippines and is off to a very good 2-0 start in the World Championships. You can view the full American schedule and roster here.

Here is the USA box score from the Angola game.

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POSTERIZED: Texas A&M-CC with an off-the-backboard dunk

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This is pretty nice from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who has made a habit out of getting themselves on the highlight reel.

Here’s another angle of the dunk:

UNLV’s Stephen Zimmerman out with a knee injury

UNLV forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. shoots against San Diego State during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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The injury Stephen Zimmerman suffered on Saturday will keep the star UNLV freshman out for at least a week, a source told NBC Sports.

The injury is not thought to be serious, however. Zimmerman may be kept out for longer as a precaution, but that’s a result of the Runnin’ Rebels being in a situation where the rest of their regular season is relatively meaningless.

They’re not getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament regardless of how they finish out league play. With back-up center Ben Carter out with a torn ACL, it’s more important to make sure that Zimmerman, who is averaging 10.6 points and 9.1 boards this season, is totally healthy for the Mountain West tournament.

That tournament, mind you, will be played at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.

So the Runnin’ Rebels, regardless of how poor they’ve played this season, will always have a chance to land an automatic bid.

Anyway, the more interesting aspect of this story is how Zimmerman injured the knee. It was a completely avoidable play that came after the whistle, but I’m not sure it was what you would call a “dirty play”. You tell me: