Harry Giles helps lead USA into Round of 16 at U19 FIBA Americas event

Harry Giles helps lead USA into Round of 16 at U19 FIBA Americas event

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Harry Giles helps lead USA into Round of 16 at U19 FIBA Americas event

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Harry Giles III. Photo: USA Basketball)

Harry Giles III. Photo: USA Basketball)

The United States led for 39:48 of the 40 minutes in beating Egypt 92-50 to close out the preliminary round in the FIBA U19 World Championship in Heraklion, Greece.

The Americans will be the top seed in Group A in the quarterfinals Wednesday. Team USA places Argentina at 11:15 am ET.

The U.S. team got 13 points apiece from Harry Giles (Wesleyan Christian Academy; Winston-Salem, N.C.), Caleb Swanigan (Homestead; Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Prep; St. Louis). Giles also had 12 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 18 minutes. He was 5 of 8 from the field.

Allonzo Trier (Findlay Prep, Nev.; Seattle) scored 12 points; and Josh Jackson (Prolific Prep, Calif./Southfield, Mich.) contributed 10 points.

Outscoring Egypt 25-6 in points off turnovers and 52-27 in bench points, the USA shot 55.9 percent from the field.

“I think in some aspects our team continues to improve,” said USA and University of Arizona coach Sean Miller. This was by far Harry Giles’ best game.  It wasn’t just because of the points and rebounds, but it was everything.  He’s really improving as a defender; he’s playing with great energy and is fun to watch. If we go back to where we were as a team and someone like him in Colorado Springs, and I think we look at him now after we’ve played five games, three in pool play (two exhibition games), he’s improving and that’s the fun part of this, to see young guys improve and also our team continue to develop.”

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