Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant had a front-row seat Monday during one of the biggest blowouts ever seen in international basketball.
Grant, who is an assistant coach with Wake Forest coach Danny Manning under Kansas coach Bill Self for the USA Under-18 team, watched as the Americans beat Panama 118-26 in St. Catharines, Ont. The U.S. team improved to 2-0 in Group A play in the preliminary round of the FIBA Americas Championship and plays Puerto Rico at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
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The United States outscored Panama 43-0 in the first quarter and led 70-8 at halftime.
“I’ve never seen a score like that after one quarter,” Self said. “After that, they still tried to play the right way.”
The United States beat the Dominican Republic 105-73 in the first game of the preliminary round Sunday. Following the preliminary round, the eight teams in the tournament will be seeded in Thursday’s quarterfinals. The semifinals are Friday. The gold medal game will be played Sunday. The top-four teams qualify for the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.
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