Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:41 PM by UL Sports Information
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Team USA used a 24-3 run centered around the end of the first quarter to take control and cruise to a 113-57 victory over China in a Pool "D" game of the FIBA U19 World Basketball Championship.
The win improves Team USA to 2-0 in pool play. In the other Group D game on Friday, Russia improved to 1-1 by routing winless Ivory Coast, 78-43. Team USA concludes pool play against Russia on Friday at 1:15 CDT.
Arizona's Aaron Gordon was one of five players in double-figures, posting a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Team USA. Michael Frazier added 15 points, Jarnell Stokes 13 and Marcus Smart and Jahlil Okafor finished with 11 points each.
Shuai Yuan went six-for-10 from three-point to lead China with 18 points.
Payton started for the second straight game, scoring four points with four rebounds, one assist and two steals in 17 minutes of action. He made all three of his shots, making his only field goal attempt and both free throws.
"Today was another big win," Payton said. "We went right at them early and wouldn't let them breath on offense and that helped us to take control.
"We know that the games are going to get closer, but it is nice to get everybody into the game again so that we are all a little bit rested. Tomorrow is important because we want to win our pool and advance.
"Two down and seven to go," Payton added.
Team USA shot above 50-percent for the second straight game, going 44-for-83 from the field (.530) with seven three-pointers. China was 19-for-43 from the field (.442) and nine-for-19 from three-point (.474).
The difference in the game was the stifling Team USA Defense that made 23 steals and forced China to make 32 turnovers. The Americans had a commanding 31-3 lead in points off turnovers.
Team USA also dominated the boards, owning a 50-14 advantage. The Americans scored 22 second chance points.
Payton keyed an 11-0 run over the final 1:33 of the first quarter that turned an 18-17 USA lead into a 29-17 advanatge. During the run, Payton scored two points on a pair of free throws, made a pair of steals with one assist and one rebound.
After Yi Feng Heng scroed a three-point play for China to open the second quarter, Team USA ran off the next 16 points to lead, 45-20, with 5:21 left in the second quarter.
Team USA went on to lead, 63-29, at halftime and 86-39, after three quarters.
Team USA completes Pool "D" play on Saturday (June 28) when they face Russia at 1:15 p.m. CDT. In the other pool game, Ivory Coast will face China at 11:00 a.m. CDT