The U.S. under-17 national team shook off a sluggish start and had their way with a smaller Philippines squad as play resumed Monday at the FIBA U-17 World Championships in Dubai.
The U.S. blasted the Philippines 124-64 despite a sloppy performance that featured several missed dunks and layups.
Six Americans scored in double figures, including Henry Ellenson of Rice Lake, who poured in 14 points in just 13 minutes and also grabbed six rebounds. Diamond Stone of Milwaukee Dominican had another double-double, his second in three games at the tournament, finishing with 12 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots in 21 minutes.
Team USA led 32-16 after the first quarter and 61-32 by halftime. The size advantage enjoyed by the U.S. led to a 66-26 edge on the glass and the Americans shot 55.6 percent from the floor to just 35.1 percent for the Philippines.
Malik Newman of Jackson, Miss., and Josh Jackson of Southfield, Mich., led Team USA with 16 points each.
The U.S. advanced through group play undefeated and will face Japan in the round of 16 on Tuesday. Japan is 0-3, opening with an overtime loss to Australia before absorbing blowout losses to Canada and France.
Stone is the Americans’ leading scorer and rebounder through three games, averaging 14 points and 11 boards. Ellenson is averaging 9.3 points per game despite getting just 11.7 minutes per contest.
Team USA is coached by Don Showalter of Iowa City (Iowa) High School.