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Eric Dailey Jr., Team USA Throttle Japan to Advance to FIBA U19 World Cup Semifinals

Dailey is averaging 11 points a game in Hungary.




Eric Dailey Jr. is now just two wins away from another gold medal.

Team USA beat Japan 105-61 on Friday in Hungary in the quarterfinals of the FIBA U19 Word Cup. Incoming Oklahoma State freshman Eric Dailey Jr. again scored in double figures, dropping 12 points to go with five rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in just 16 minutes of on-court action.

Dailey has scored in double figures in every game thus far at the event. He is averaging 11 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks in just 16.9 minutes a game. His per 40 averages continue to be dominant at 25.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.3 steals and 2.8 blocks.

Japan played the Americans tight in the first quarter, as a last-second shot gave Team USA a 23-21 lead heading into the second. But then the Americans flexed their depth and wore Japan out, outscoring the Japanese squad by 10 in the second quarter, 19 in the third and 14 in the fourth.

Dailey was one of six Americans to score in double figures.

Japan’s Tajon Akira Jacobs was the game’s leading scorer, and despite the team result, he turned some heads. A Hawaii commit by way of the NBA Global Academy in Australia, Jacobs scored 20 points and was 4-for-8 from 3-point range. Listed at 6-foot-8, Jacobs is averaging 17 points a game during the tournament and shooting 39% from 3.

The Americans await the winner of Serbia and France in Saturday’s semifinal.

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