Team USA advanced to the quarterfinals of the U17 World Championships in Dubai on Thursday morning with a 113-71 win over China.
Henry Ellenson led the way with 21 points and 10 boards for the American, while Diamond Stone chipped in with 17 points and eight boards and Malik Newman added 16 points and five assists.
The US will advance to play Serbia in the semifinals on Friday. Serbia beat Canada on Thursday, 71-64, to advance. That game will be broadcast in the States at 10:30 a.m. ET.
The US is going to have an advantage in the front court in every game that they play in this event. Guys like Stone, Ellenson, Harry Giles, Calib Swanigan and Ivan Rabb are just too big and too athletic for these other countries to handle, especially when you consider that the US goes five deep up front. But what was promising in this game, especially when considering his long-term potential as a point guard, was Newman’s play at the point guard spot. He scored, but he didn’t limit himself, creating off the dribble and doing things like passing ahead in transition.
The other semifinal will be played between Australia and the winner of tonight’s Spain-France game.
Here is Thursday’s box score:
After reviewing video for a second straight day, the Mountain West has determined that Boise State should have beaten Colorado State on Wednesday night, but that due to an NCAA rule the outcome of the game cannot be changed.
Boise State’s James Webb III hit a one-handed, banked-in three at the end of overtime in Colorado State’s Moby Arena, breaking an 84-all tie, but after officials reviewed the play on the video monitor, they waived off the basket. Webb got the shot off in time, but the clock operator did not start the clock on time. After using stopwatch technology embedded in the video monitor, the referees determined that it took 1.3 seconds from the time that Webb caught the pass until the time that he got the shot off.
There were 0.8 seconds left when Boise State took the ball out of bounds.
On Thursday, the league announced that the referees followed the correct protocol to make the call.
They released a video that the referees used to make the decision, but upon further analysis — and amid a push on social media — it was determined that there was a difference between the “rate at which the embedded digital stopwatch advanced and the rate at which the game clock regressed during the instant replay review.”
In other words, the referees made the correct call with the evidence they had available, but the conference provided them with flawed evidence.
Boise State lost 97-93 in double-overtime.
The loss came four days after officials botched a call at the end of San Diego State’s win over New Mexico.
When it comes to discussing some of the game of basketball’s best players, specifically those who went directly from high school to the NBA, a question that’s often asked is where said player would have attended college if forced (by rule) to do so. Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are among those who have been discussed in this manner, and in the case of LeBron he’s got connections to two programs within his home state of Ohio.
LeBron’s connected with the Ohio State program, which is outfitted by the Nike’s LeBron signature line, but there’s another program with an even closer connection. That would be Akron, which is led by head coach Keith Dambrot, and all he did was serve as LeBron’s high school coach at St. Vincent/St. Mary’s HS in Akron during the player’s freshman and sophomore years at the school. Also on those teams were two future Akron Zips in guard Dru Joyce and forward Romeo Travis.
Thursday the school announced that it would be honoring James, Joyce and Travis with bobble head dolls to be given out before Akron’s home games against Buffalo (February 16; Joyce’s bobble head), Bowling Green (February 26; Travis) and Ohio (March 1; James).
All three bobble head dolls are wearing Akron uniforms, which in the case of LeBron allows fans to think back and imagine what could have been. Season ticket holders guaranteed one bobble head per account (on each of the three giveaway days), with the first 750 fans in attendance to receive one as well.