There are routs, and then there is the beating that the USA U-17 men’s basketball team put on Japan at the FIBA U-17 World Championships. The final score was 122-38, and the game might not have even been that close.
Here are some quick statistical takeaways from the epic rout:
— The U.S. rolled to a 22-0 lead before Japan hit a bucket
— The Americans led 41-6 after the first quarter and was already shuttling entire new sets of 5 players, Grinnell College-style
— Japan had just one player hit double figures … and he scored 25 of the team’s 38 points
— Final rebounding stats: USA 65, Japan 13
— Points in the paint: USA 86, Japan 14
— Points off the bench: USA 59, Japan 5
The American squad shot an impressive 66 percent from the field in helping improve the nation’s all-time record at the U-17 Championships to 20-0. Still, the blowout was a bit surprising because of the team’s earlier contests. The Americans barely scraped past Greece in their tournament opener, eventually pulling out an 83-73 victory, then had a much easier time with Angola (99-56) and the Philippines (124-64) as a lead up to their cakewalk of Japan. So maybe they just needed to get comfortable with their surroundings in Dubai?
Whatever the reason, Team USA seems to be rolling now, and if their victory against Japan is any indication they should be celebrating another tournament title in a matter of days. The next step, a quarterfinal with China, proved only slightly more difficult than Japan or the Philippines, with Team USA cruising to a 113-71 victory.