Kentucky Wildcats' PJ Washington leads United States of America past Italy in U19 World Cup

Ross Houston
July 6, 2017

Defending champions United States beat Mali today to secure a quarter-final place at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Under-19 World Cup in Egypt's capital Cairo. So then we went to the other group and that group went in and played out of their minds, so I left them in.

The US, aiming to make it a hat-trick of triumphs at the biennial event, claimed a 117-69 win over their African opponents at the Cairo Stadium.

The U.S will face Germany in the quarterfinals Friday at a time to be determined. Team USA had seven players finish in double-figure scoring.

One of UK's elite 2018 prospects, Cameron Reddish, had another strong showing with 15 points and five rebounds.

The Americans as a whole played a sluggish second quarter and actually were outscored by a point during the period, with the lead at 50-31 at the break.

P.J. Washington had 20 points against Mali. McCoy scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Including USA's win over Mali, the 6-foot-5 guard from Queens, New York, is averaging 12.8 points (third most on the team), 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

The U.S. was relentless on the glass, out-rebounding Mail 65-29, which helped it record 32 second-chance points compared to Mail's 11.

The United States is looking for its third-straight gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Cup after winning over Serbia in 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic and defeating Croatia in 2015 in Heraklion, Greece.

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