The United States junior national team was up early Wednesday, even by the standards of Eastern European Summer Time. And Latvia was down early, and out.The U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals of the FIBA U19 World Cup with an afternoon victory that opened the Round of 16 — a 116-66 victory over Latvia, which entered the game winless and somehow left even more so. MORE: SN’s way-too-early rankings for 2019-20 seasonThe Americans got 17 points and 12 rebounds from Purdue center Trevion Williams and 17 points and six rebounds from incoming Villanova power forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl in a game they led 30-15 after one quarter and never allowed to be competitive. Fort Lauderdale prospect Scottie Barnes scored 16 points and passed for four assists.This became by far the team’s best 3-point shooting performance, a 12-of-29 (.414) effort that included multiple 3s from Alabama’s Kira Lewis, Minneapolis prospect Jalen Suggs, Jalen Green of Fresno and Ziaire Williams of Sherman Oaks, Calif. Entering the game, only two players had accumulated more than a single 3-pointer over the first three games. Point guard Cade Cunningham of Montverde Academy in Arlington, Texas, one of the top three prospects in the 2020 class, passed for 10 assists and scored 11 points and registered a +/- rating of plus-47.The U.S. team is coached by Bruce Weber of Kansas State, with assistance from North Carolina Central’s Levelle Moton and Washington’s Mike Hopkins. There will be a day off Thursday, with the U.S. meeting Russia — a 96-83 winner over China — in the quarterfinal round Friday at 11 a.m. ET. The game can be seen on FIBA’s YouTube channel.
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