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MWCQ Team Sept 2018


  • Date:
    Jul 28, 2020

Las Vegas, Nevada and Panama City, Panama • September14-17, 2018

The USA opened the World Cup Qualifying second round with a pair of impressive victories, defeating Uruguay 114-57 in a home contest, then going on the road to defeat Panama 78-48.

SEPT. 2018 USA RESULTS (2-0)

Uruguay 57
Panama 48

With USA Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Popovich in attendance, the USA dominated Uruguay 114-57 to open second-round play at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas on Sept. 14, 2018.

As the starting floor general for USA, Frank Mason III  led the USA with 16 points and eight assists. Playing cool, calm, and collective, Mason never forced the issue and kept Uruguay's players on their heels whenever he was on the court. Additionally, Mason broke the USA World Cup Qualifiers records of eight assists and shooting 7-of-8 from the field. 

Chasson Randle tallied 15 points on 3-of-5 from 3 in 23 minutes. Derrick White contributed 14 points in front of Popovich and Spurs assistant coach Ime Udoka. Dwayne Bacon and Henry Ellenson both chipped in 10 points each.

USA played superb defense from the start, forcing 18 turnovers, compared to only eight for the red, white, and blue. 

Sharing the ball was a constant theme throughout, for the home team. USA dished out 30 assists, while Uruguay finished with 12. USA mentor Jeff Van Gundy was pleased with how the team played as a unit, instead of trying to pile up individual numbers. 

“I thought we moved the ball well. I thought Frank (Mason) got into the teeth of the defense exceptionally well. And we shared it. FIBA is not about putting up numbers, this is about getting connected to one another in a short period of time and enjoying the competition, forming a brotherhood. And I think if you can do that, you’ll share the ball, you’ll help on defense, and you’ll do all those things to help you win,” said Van Gundy. 

As if foreshadowing the rest of the night, the first play commenced with two offensive rebounds for USA, followed by a Mason put-back to open the game.  

USA outrebounded Uruguay 45 to 27, and had a 24-6 edge in points generated from turnovers. Moreover, USA finished with a commanding 18-2 lead on fast break points.  

The game was never really close. USA jumped out to a 22-7 lead with two minutes to go in the first quarter. Randle capped the first quarter with a 3 to push the score to 28-8. With the score 56-24 at halftime, the second half was essentially for USA to work on their sets, and for Uruguay to play for pride. 

Uruguay came in with the game plan to push the pace whenever they had the opportunity. But to no avail, USA was bigger, stronger, faster both physically and mentally, and Uruguay never stood a chance.  

Van Gundy stressed multiple times how Uruguay didn’t play their best guys for this game because of their harsh travel schedule.  

“So much of it was they were undermanned too. We did a lot of good things, and they were undermanned because they chose to rest their players back home.”

Uruguay as a team shot a meager 18-of-55 from the field, and a staggering 4-of-22 from the perimeter. 

An outstanding smothering defensive effort and balanced scoring propelled the USA to an important 78-48 road victory over Panama on Sept. 17, 2018, in Panama City, Panama.  

“I think our greatest strength is our depth,” said Van Gundy.  “Again, we’ve pretty much done this throughout. We play 10 or 11 guys, anywhere from 10 or 11 minutes up to the low 20’s. We try to take advantage of our depth."

Taking a 2-1 lead with 7:37 remaining in the game, the USA led the rest of way. With both teams struggling to find their shooting accuracy and finding scoring difficult, the USA got points from five different players and slipped out ahead 16-3 after Reggie Hearn drained the first of his four 3-pointers.

Although the USA shot just 33.3 percent (6-18 FGs) from the field in the first quarter, the Americans’ defense frustrated Panama into 2-of-12 shooting (16.7 percent) and forced five turnovers as the USA led 18-7 after the first 10 minutes.

“The biggest thing was coach’s game plan coming in,” said Ben Moore. “We threw Panama off with different sets and guarding different guys. I think coach gave us a great game plan, and we went out there and executed it. We played really hard on defense and that was our biggest emphasis of the game.”
Defense continued to dominate the day, and Panama cut the USA’s lead to 31-23 with 1:53 to play before half.
Another 3 from Hearn was followed by a basket from Derrick White and the USA headed to the locker room at halftime owning a 36-23 lead.
Behind points from four different players during a 10-2 run to open the third quarter, the U.S. expanded its lead to 46-25 and Panama never recovered.
Taking a comfortable 57-38 lead into the final quarter, the USA outscored Panama 16-2 as Chasson Randle, Hearn and Travis Trice made back-to-back-to-back 3s to balloon the USA lead to 73-40. 

“It was a good game for us. We played hard as soon as the ball went up in the air from the jump,” said Henry Ellenson. “I thought guys were unselfish. I thought we listened to the game plan well and really jumped out of the gates to start to the game, and did it again to start the second half to go on a nice little run. The way we played together unselfishly was really good  tonight.”
The USA finished the night shooting 42.6 percent from the field, including 9-of-27 from 3-point. Panama was held to a cold 31.1 percent from the field and made just 5-of-30 from 3-point.
Hearn led the balanced U.S. scoring attack with 12 points, Dwayne Bacon added 10 points, while Trice, Moore and Jameel Warney each accounted for eight points.
Controlling the glass with a 50-34 margin, Ellenson grabbed 11 boards, Warney added eight and White was credited with six rebounds. The U.S. forced 17 Panama turnovers and the USA committed just 12.


Bryce Alford G 6-3 185 23 Oklahoma City Blue/UCLA
Albuquerque, NM
Dwayne Bacon F 6-7 221 23 Charlotte Hornets/Florida State
Lakeland, FL
Henry Ellenson F 6-11 245 21 Detroit Pistons/Marquette
Rice Lake, WI
Reggie Hearn G 6-4 209 26 Grand Rapids Drive/Northwestern
Fort Wayne, IN
Isaiah Hicks C 6-9 242 24 New York Knicks/North Carolina
Oxford, NC
Dakari Johnson C 7-0 255 22 Free Agent/Kentucky
Brooklyn, NY
Frank Mason III G 5-11 194 24 Sacramento Kings/Kansas
Petersburg, VA
Ben Moore F 6-8 220 23 Fort Wayne Mad Ants/SMU
Bolingbrook, IL
Chasson Randle
G 6-2 185 25 Capital City Go-Go/Stanford
Rock Island, IL
Travis Trice G 6-2 177 25 Austin Spurs/Michigan State
Huber Heights, OH
Jameel Warney C 6-7 258 24 Texas Legends/Stony Brook
Plainfield, NJ
Derrick White G 6-5 195 24 San Antonio Spurs/Colorado
Parker, CO
Head Coach:  Jeff Van Gundy
Assistant Coach:  Mike Miller, Westchester Knicks
Assistant Coach:  John Thompson II
Team Physician:  Stephen Foley, Sanford Health (Sioux Falls, SD)
Athletic Trainer:  Ed Lacerte, ProSports Therapy, Inc. (Waltham and Westford, MA)
Team Scout:  Mark Fox
Video Coordinator:  Luke Stanaland



Hearn 1/0 4- 6 .667 4- 6 .667 0- 0 .--- 2/ 2.0 12/ 12.0 0 0 1
2/2 9- 12 .750 2- 3 .667 2- 2 1.000 5/ 2.5 22/ 11.0 10 0 0
Bacon 2/2 9- 20 .450 1- 3 .333 1- 2 .500 5/ 2.5 20/ 10.0 0 0 2
White 2/2 8- 25 .320 2- 10 .200 1- 1 1.000 8/ 4.0 19/ 9.5 10 1 3
Randle 2/0 6- 13 .467 4- 8 .500 2- 4 .500 1/ 0.5 18/ 9.0 4 0 3
Moore 2/0 6- 8 .750 0- 1 .000 5- 6 .833 11/ 5.5 17/ 8.5 3 1 2
2/0 6- 13 .461 3- 7 .429 2- 2 1.000 3/ 1.5 17/ 8.5 9 0 2
Warney 2/0 6- 12 .500 0- 0 .--- 5- 6 .833 10/ 5.0 17/ 8.5 3 0 0
Ellenson 2/2 6- 13 .461 0- 4 .000 4- 4 1.000 20/10.0 16/ 8.0 4 0 1
Johnson 2/2 7- 9 .778 0- 0 .--- 1- 1 1.000 10/ 5.0 15/ 7.5 2 2 0
Hicks 2/0 5- 6 .833 0- 0 .--- 3- 6 .500 9/ 4.5 13/ 6.5 0 0 1
Alford 2/0 2- 5 .400 2- 4 .500 0- 0 .--- 0/ 0.0 6/ 3.0 2 0 1
2 74-142 .521 18-46 .391 26-34 .765 95/47.5 192/96.0 47 4 16
2 37-116 .319 9-52 .173 22-36 .611 61/30.5 105/52.5 25 1 5




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