A unique pregame shock was anticipating the U.S. World Cup qualifying group Thursday night, as a motivational speech from Mike Krzyzewski.
Mentor K’s words worked for the Americans once more.
John Jenkins scored 22 focuses on 8-for-9 shooting — including a 6-of-7 exertion from 3-point range — and the U.S. had little difficulty while heading to a 105-71 triumph over Uruguay in a World Cup Americas Region qualifying game, with Krzyzewski sitting courtside to have fun.
“We knew when he came and conversed with us that we needed to give a decent show and play hard,” Jenkins said.
Krzyzewski, the now-resigned Duke mentor, drove the U.S. to three continuous Olympic gold awards in 2008, 2012 and 2016. His message was straightforward, rotating around how playing with USA on a pullover implies playing with satisfaction is an unquestionable necessity.
The Americans tuned in. They outscored Uruguay 33-13 in the subsequent quarter, transforming the game into a runaway, and it remained as such.
“Mentor K conversed with the group five minutes before I went in to talk pregame,” U.S. mentor Jim Boylen said. “How could I should follow that? … It was a truly cool honor, an extraordinary second for us all.”
The success, joined with Puerto Rico’s 75-72 success over Brazil (5-2) in another qualifier Thursday, put the Americans alone on of their passing gathering.
Langston Galloway added 18 focuses for the Americans, who are logical now only two wins from meeting all requirements for the following year’s World Cup.
The U.S. (6-1 in qualifying) made 3-pointers on four successive belongings during that second-quarter burst, and never thought back. DaQuan Jeffries scored 16, Dewan Hernandez added 12 and Robert Woodard II had 11 for the Americans, who were 15 for 29 from 3-point range.
David Stockton, whose father John Stockton — the Basketball Hall of Famer — likewise was in participation, added nine aids 17 minutes for the U.S.
Esteban Batista and Luciano Perodi each had 14 for Uruguay (4-3), which remains solidly in the blend for a World Cup billet. Uruguay has a similar record as Puerto Rico and Mexico, and Colombia (3-4) gave itself new life by revitalizing from 20 focuses down to paralyze Mexico in extra time, 93-89.
The U.S. opened the day attached with Brazil in the Group F standings; there are two gatherings of six groups in the Americas Region, and the main three in each gathering — alongside the best fourth-place group — will go to the World Cup.
The Americans can’t begin pressing for the World Cup yet. However, they can most likely beginning pondering what to bring.
Other than the U.S. what’s more, Brazil, Group F additionally incorporates Puerto Rico, Mexico, Uruguay and Colombia. The other gathering in the Americas Region, Group E, highlights Canada (7-0), Venezuela (6-1), Argentina (5-2), the Dominican Republic (5-2), the Bahamas (2-5) and Panama (2-5).
Uruguay drove 4-0 following 20 seconds, and that was the solitary hurrah for the guests from South America. The remainder of the night was all U.S., which got its simplest success at this point of this passing competition.
“This evening, each person we have played as hard as he could play,” Boylen said.