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USA claim World Cup qualifying win

206   //    24 Nov 2017, 10:39 IST

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United States coach Jeff Van Gundy

The United States made a winning start to their FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifying campaign on Thursday.

Jameel Warney had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds to see Jeff Van Gundy's USA past Puerto Rico 85-78 in their Group C clash in Orlando, Florida.

Reggie Hearn also contributed 17 points for five-time champions USA, who were outscored 23-17 in the first quarter but fought back.

Also bidding to qualify for the 2019 tournament in China, Argentina powered past Paraguay 96-63 and Uruguay beat Panama 86-73 in Group A.

FIBA AmeriCup 2017 MVP Jameel Warney @Fullcoursemeelz...still solid. 17pts & 11reb. for the big man in @usabasketball win. #FIBAWC
— FIBA World Cup (@FIBAWC) November 24, 2017


In Leon, Mexico claimed a 72-66 victory over Cuba.

In Asia, China destroyed Hong Kong 96-44 and South Korea overcame New Zealand 86-80 in Group A.

In Group C, Ahmad Ibrahim (22 points and 10 rebounds) led Lebanon past India 107-72 and Jordan thrashed Syria 109-72.

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