USA Men’s U18 team defeated Puerto Rico 103-70 in its first game of the FIBA Americas on Monday.
“I thought our guys played with really good energy,” Team USA head coach Shaka Smart said. “We had typical first-game jitters-a lot of execution mistakes and some defensive break downs from a lack of communication, but the energy was really good. And I thought as the game went on, our guys really settled in and played together.”
Washington commit Michael Porter Jr. finished with 20 points (8-12 FG) and five rebounds. Center Jarrett Allen (Texas) had an impressive outing in front of his new coach. He registered 18 points, eight rebounds, a block and steal.
“I thought we played pretty good in our first game,” Porter Jr. said. “There were a lot of areas for improvement, but I thought we played hard.”
Future Huskie Markelle Fultz tallied 14 points (6-9 FG) and three steals. Mohamed Bamba scored 14 points and guard Trae Young led the team in assists with five.
Alexis Negron was Puerto Rico top performer with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Ethan Thompson had 13 points and eight rebounds.
USA shot 52.5 (26-73) percent from the floor and 66.7 (18-27) percent from the free throw line.
All stats and quotes are from the USA Basketball website.