U.S. Smokes Uruguay, Mexico In U-18 Play

Tyus Jones and his U.S. teammates are off to a great start in the U-18 FIBA Americas Championship. - USA TODAY Sports

Kennard, Winslow and Jones shine.

As the U.S. chases gold in the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship, the team is off to a good start: the US beat Uruguay by 98.

Duke-bound Luke Kennard hit seven 3 pointers to lead the U.S.

Realistically, Uruguay is not much of a threat, so what you have to do is to look at what positives you can draw from beating an outmatched opponent. Coach Billy Donovan points to assists - the U.S. had 40.

The U.S. followed that up with a solid win over Mexico, 100-46 after leading 56-13 at the half.

Justise Winslow, also Duke-bound, had 14.

Canada, as you guys probably know, is a real up-and-comer in basketball. The Dominican Republic was a challenge nonetheless, as the Canadians won by just 12, 79-67.

We'd still bet on them to medal.

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