(7-4-21) The USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team (2-0) celebrated the 4th of July beating Mali 100-52. The Victory was the 100th win all-time for the USA in U19 competitions and improved USA’s U19 record in Fourth of July games to 5-0.

USA head coach Jamie Dixon (TCU)

“I thought our offense was really good from the start. They (Mali) came up with some loose balls and hurt us on the glass and that was the biggest difference (in the first quarter). So, we got the rebounds going back our way, and came up with some loose balls. Mali played hard and they played physical, and I think our guys were even surprised by how physical they were and how strong they were.”


The USA had all 12 players score in the game and six players finishing with double-digit efforts.

Mr. Indiana Caleb Furst (Blackhawk Christian) had 14 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 13 minutes. Purdue’s Jaden Ivey had 14 points in 16 minutes and Kenneth Lofton Jr. also had 14 points.

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In the other games from day two, Canada (2-0) defeated Japan (0-2) 100-75, Lithuania (1-1) edged Senegal (1-1) 78-73, Argentina (2-0) pounded Korea (0-2) 112-74, Spain (1-1) nipped France (1-1) 60-59, Turkey (1-1) edged Australia (1-1) 64-62, host Latvia (1-1) held off Iran (0-2) 58-48 and Serbia (2-0) dodged Puerto Rico (1-1) 84-64.

The USA gets back in action on Tuesday in a Group D game with Australia.