Led by a second consecutive double-double from Harry Giles, the United States moved into the quarterfinals at the FIBA U19 World Championship by beating Argentina 93-45 in Crete, Greece.
Giles (Wesleyan Christian Academy; Winston-Salem, N.C.) finished with 17 points on 7 of 10 from the field and added 12 rebounds and a blocked shot in his 17 minutes. Giles is averaging team highs of 14 points and 8.5 rebounds per game as the Americans are 4-0.
“I felt great; I tried to pick up the tempo. It started on the defensive end, just blocking shots and rebounding, and I tried to use that to help me get going offensively and help my team, just help with the energy of the team,” Giles said. “The focus was just go out there and win because we didn’t want to go home. We didn’t travel this far to lose. I just went out there and played hard, and played the way USA should.”
Team USA plays medal round quarterfinal against Italy on Friday. Game time is 11:15 a.m. ET and it will be televised by ESPNU at 1:30 p.m. ET). Italy is 3-1 after an 82-73 win against the Dominican Republic.
Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Prep; St. Louis) had 14 points; Allonzo Trier (Findlay Prep, Nev.; Seattle) had 13 points; Jalen Brunson (Stevenson; Lincolnshire, Ill.), had nine points and a game-high six assists.
Caleb Swanigan (Homestead; Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Josh Jackson (Prolific Prep, Calif.; Southfield, Mich.) each had seven.
“We did some things that were very good tonight. Our turnovers were a concern; anytime you turn the basketball over 26 times that’s not a good sign. So it’s hard for us to have such a positive feeling and I think those 26 turnovers undermined a lot of great things we did,” said USA and University of Arizona coach Sean Miller.
The U.S. led 26-12 after the first quarter and dominated from there.