The New Dream Team?
The 1992 US Olympic basketball team, the “Dream Team,” is considered by most to be the greatest team ever assembled. But there is at least one sign that the current U-16 crop may be close to as dominant.
The U.S. men's U16 national team has downed one of the Dream Team’s most impressive records with a 130-31 opening round victory over Mexico at the FIBA Americas Championship on Tuesday.
The young Americans 99-point victory is the largest ever for any American national basketball team, besting the Dream Team’s 76 point drubbing of Cuba in 1992. The team also tied national records for most points in a game, and set new marks in field goals made (56) and rebounds (69).
Check out highlights of Team USA's complete domination of Team Mexico:
The red, white and blue had seven of their 12 players reach double figures with Diamond Stone leading the way with 20 points and eight boards. Ivan Rabb and Harry Giles each posted a double-double as the American’s routed their neighbors to the south.
Team USA downed Argentina 96-72 on Wednesday and then knocked off the Bahamas 121-52 yesterday to finish the group stage undefeated. The win also qualified Team USA for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship. They will compete in a semifinal today against the winner of Puerto Rico and Chile for the right to go to the gold medal game on Saturday night.
Photo: Team USA celebrates during its FIBA Americas game against Argentina on Wednesday, June 12. Team USA won 96-72. (FIBA Americas)