U.S. routs Uruguay in FIBA hoops WC qualifying
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LAS VEGAS — The U.S. is another step closer to qualifying for the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Frank Mason III scored 16 points, and the U.S. beat Uruguay 114-57 on Friday night in the Americans’ first game of the second round of qualifying for next year’s World Cup. The Americans took command with a 15-0 run late in the first quarter, and finished the game shooting 61 percent.
Chasson Randle scored 15 points and Derrick White had 14 for the U.S., which is 6-1 in qualifying. Results from the first round carry over, and Friday’s win puts the Americans in a very strong position.
To be assured of qualifying for next year’s World Cup in China, all the Americans need to do is finish among the top three of a six-team group that also includes Argentina (6-1), Puerto Rico (5-2), Uruguay (4-3), Panama (3-4) and Mexico (3-4). After rolling past Uruguay, the U.S. has a two-game lead over fourth place with five games left.
For the first round of qualifying, the U.S. went largely with a roster composed of G League players. There was much more of an NBA presence Friday, thanks