Here’s the release from USA Basketball:
The USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team (1-0) opened play at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship by blowing through the U.S. Virgin Islands (0-1) 131-63 on Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas. Quincy Miller’s (Quality Education Academy / Winston-Salem, N.C.) double-double of 15 points and 17 rebounds led the USA effort as everyone scored, including nine in double digits.
Miller’s rebounds set a new high-water mark for the USA U18 National Team for single-game rebounds at this event, surpassing the previous record of 15 set by Shareef Abdur-Rahim versus Panama in 1994.
Austin Rivers (Winter Park H.S. / Winter Park, Fla.) was the USA’s high scorer with 18 points after firing off 4-of-6 from 3-point; Trevor Cooney (Sanford H.S. / Wilmington, Del.) and LeBryan Nash (Lincoln H.S. / Dallas, Texas) tossed in 15 points apiece; Jereme Richmond (Waukegan H.S. / Waukegan, Ill.) scored 13; while Abdul Gaddy (Washington / Tacoma, Wash.), Kyrie Irving (St. Patrick’s H.S. / Elizabeth, N.J.), Tony Mitchell (L.G. Pinkston H.S. / Dallas, Texas) and Patric Young (Providence School / Jacksonville, Fla.) chipped in 11 points each.
“We have a lot of weapons,” said Young. “Teams are going to have to pick their poison, because no matter what, we’re going to have somebody out there who’s going to be able to score. They’re not going to be able to stop everybody out there.”
The islanders put the first points on the board, a pair of free throws 12 seconds into the contest. But their lead was short-lived. Young got the U.S. going with a powerful put-back at 8:00 and the USA was off and running. Less than two minutes later the lead was 13-2 as six different players produced points in the opening run. By the end of the first 10 minutes of action, the dominating performance on both ends had the U.S. well on the way to the win, 35-8.
“I saw some good things,” said USA U18 National Team and University of Oklahoma head coach Jeff Capel. “I thought Jereme Richmond played a really, really good overall game. Quincy Miller, with 15 points and 17 rebounds, was good. It was good to see Trevor Cooney hit some shots. Austin (Rivers) obviously can score the basketball. He may be our best scorer. LeBryan Nash got into it, so it was good to see a lot of guys have some success.”
The red, white and blue not only put on a highlight-worthy performance over the outmatched Virgin Island squad, it shared the wealth. When Cooney hit a free throw 18 seconds into the third quarter, it marked the 11th U.S. player to put a point on the board. He followed that with a 3-pointer to put the North Americans up 39-8. The Virgin Islands squad made a run with a pair of free throws and a trio of threes, but Capel called a time out, regrouped and his team was off and running again.
At halftime the USA’s lead was 62-28, Miller and Rivers already had 11 points apiece and the only question remained to be answered was what the final score would be. At the end of three quarters the USA’s lead was up to 95-48, Richmond slammed home a dunk off a pass from Young for the 100th point with 9:20 to play and in the end the final was 131-63.
“It’s tough to stay focused, especially with young guys, when you have a lead like we did,” added Capel. They scored eight points in the first quarter and then came back and scored 20 in the second. It’s difficult to play with that kind of lead, but especially with young guys. They have a tendency to let up, take their foot off the gas. I thought we did a little bit better of a job in the third quarter. I thought our zone in the fourth quarter was really, really good.”
The Americans tied a USA Basketball U18 National Team record for 3-pointers made in a single game with 11, which has been done twice before, the last coming in 2008 against Puerto Rico.