Henry Ellenson of Rice Lake went for 21 points and 10 rebounds and Diamond Stone of Milwaukee Dominican set a U.S. under-17 record with five blocked shots in Team USA’s 113-71 romp over China in the quarterfinals of the FIBA U17 World Championships Thursday in Dubai.
With the win, the United States advances to a Friday semifinal date with Serbia, which beat Canada 71-64 in its quarterfinal.
On the other side of the bracket, Australia topped Puerto Rico 76-52 and Spain got past France 71-67.
The U.S. continued to dominate foes with its size and depth inside, taking a 30-11 lead after one quarter. Team USA led at the half 51-25.
Ellenson was 10-for-12 from the floor and had five of Team USA’s 22 offensive rebounds, posting a double-double in just 15 minutes of playing time.
“I just brought energy,” Ellenson said. (h/t USABasketball official website) “That’s what we needed. I just got after it defensively and that turns into offense. That was a fun spurt for me, for sure. I think sometimes we just didn’t bring the energy. We were just letting them do whatever.
“So coach called a couple timeouts when we were dead. We just got on our guys to bring the energy, to get the run going because we don’t want to give them any hope to get back in the game.”
Ellenson had 10 of his points during a 12-0 run to close out the first half and Team USA opened the second half with an 18-2 burst—a combined 30-2 run across intermission—to put the game out of reach.
Stone had 17 points and eight rebounds to go with his record-setting five blocks in 20 minutes on the court. He now has 20 blocks in the tournament, also a USA Basketball U17 record for a single event.
The championship game of the event is Saturday.