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2023 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup: USA Dominates Japan to Advance to Semifinals with Impressive 105-61 Victory

The third quarterfinal game of the U19 FIBA World Cup took at Fonix Arena in Debrecen, Hungary was another blowout win with the USA displaying their prowess and advancing to the semifinals.

Eric Dailey Jr with the two handed slam dunk at the 2023 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup
Eric Dailey Jr with the two handed slam dunk at the 2023 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup [Credit: FIBA]

The USA showcased their offensive depth with an impressive six players reaching double figures in scoring. Ian Jackson of the USA scored off the give-and-go to conclude the period, giving his team a slim 23-21 lead. Japan, however, rose to the occasion and put up a spirited fight against the defending champions, surprising many onlookers.

As the second quarter unfolded, the USA began to extend their lead, dominating both offensively and defensively. Asa Newell of the USA showcased his shot-blocking skills, making it clear to Japan that the paint was under his control. Despite the defensive efforts of the USA, Tajon Jacobs of Japan managed a reverse layup and drew a foul, cutting the USA’s lead to five, although he couldn’t convert at the line. Jackson once again closed out a period with a reverse layup, resulting in a 48-36 lead for the USA going into the half.

The third quarter commenced with Tobe Awaka of the USA setting the pace, scoring back-to-back buckets to extend their lead to 16. Tajon Jacobs continued to put up a fight for Japan, accounting for the majority of their points in the third quarter.

Entering the fourth quarter, Japan found themselves trailing by 30 points. The USA maintained their dominance, executing blocks and delivering high-flying dunks. The final score was 105-61 in favor of the USA, securing their spot in the semifinals where they will face France.

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