Another game, and another comfortable victory for the United States at the FIBA U19 World Championships in Greece.
In 17 minutes of action off the bench, 2016 forward Harry Giles accounted for 17 points and 12 rebounds to help lead Sean Miller’s team to a 93-45 win over Argentina in the Round of 16. Giles was one of three Americans to score in double figures, with fellow 2016 prospect Jayson Tatum adding 14 points and Arizona incoming freshman Allonzo Trier tallying 13.
Villanova freshman Jalen Brunson was next in line with nine points while also dishing out six assists.
All 12 American scored at least two points, and as a team they shot 58.1 percent from the field while limiting Argentina to 21 percent shooting. The game wasn’t the cleanest as the two teams combined to commit 49 turnovers (the United States had 26), but Miller’s team was far better at converting those opportunities into points.
The United States converted Argentina turnovers into 20 points, which was good enough for a 16-point advantage in that category. Add in a 48-14 advantage in points in the paint, and the final margin of victory comes as no surprise. Next up for the United States is Italy on Friday, which beat the Dominican Republic Wednesday.
The Americans could run into hosts Greece in the semifinals, a team that includes Oregon freshman Tyler Dorsey (who scored 28 points Wednesday) and highly regarded 7-footer Georgios Papagiannis. However the Greeks will have to take care of Spain in order to uphold their end of the bargain when it comes to a possible matchup with the United States.