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USA Basketball tops Colombia 95-77 in World Cup qualifying

BARRANQUILLA, Colombia (AP) USA Basketball is on the brink of qualifying for next years World Cup.

John Jenkins scored 26 points and the U.S. defeated Colombia 95-77 on Monday night in a second-round qualifying game. The win put the Americans constantly in place to clinch an area on the planet Cup to be held per year from now in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia once the next window of games occurs in mid-November.

Langston Galloway and DaQuan Jeffries each scored 14 points for the U.S., which quit the games opening basket, then scored another 12 points rather than trailed again.

Ahead out with this particular win is big-time for all of us, Jenkins said. Were very excited.

Jenkins was stellar in this two-game window for the U.S., like the Americans 105-71 make an impression on Uruguay on Thursday in NEVADA. His numbers in those games: 48 points on 17-for-25 shooting an astounding 14 for 21 from 3-point range.

He was 8 of 14 from beyond the arc on Monday, the final three of these 3s to arrive the ultimate minutes of the fourth because the U.S. pulled away.

His leadership has been the largest section of this, U.S. coach Jim Boylen said. He loves playing on the highway. He loves playing in hostile places. And hes in great shape. He came in in great condition. He believes in USA Basketball. He believes in what were doing. Hes elite at carrying out a idea and hes a veteran player who relishes wearing that USA uniform.

It could take nothing lacking an all-out collapse for the U.S. never to qualify for the planet Cup. The Americans come in a six-team group in this round of qualifying, and the very best three teams in the group are guaranteed places in next years 32-nation field.

The U.S. is 7-1, two games before Brazil, Mexico and Uruguay (all 5-3) in Group F. Puerto Rico is 4-4 and Colombia is 3-5. You can find only four qualifying games left for every team.

A couple of end-of-quarter spurts proved crucial for the U.S.

The Americans outscored Colombia 8-2 in the ultimate minute of the next quarter, turning that which was a seven-point edge right into a 45-32 lead at the break. And in the 3rd, a 14-6 set you back end the time gave the U.S. a 70-50 lead entering the ultimate 10 minutes of play.

We just kept going, kept fighting, kept playing and shots began to fall, Jenkins said.

TIP-INS

USA: The U.S. trailed for just two 2: 22 out of a possible 80 minutes in both games in this qualifying window, another matchup being Thursdays 105-71 victory over Uruguay in NEVADA. … The Americans have won their last six qualifying games, doing this by typically 20.3 points. … Eric Mika finished with seven points and a team-high nine rebounds.

Colombia: Braian Angola had a team-high 18 points. … The hosts were outscored 51-12 from 3-point range.

OTHER GAMES

In other Group F qualifying games Monday, Mexico topped Brazil 82-72 and Uruguay defeated Puerto Rico 78-70.

In Group E another six-team group in FIBA Americas region qualifying Canada remains in charge. The Canadians rolled past Panama 106-50 on Monday night. Venezuela beat the Dominican Republic 76-72, and Argentina held off the Bahamas 95-77.

Canada is 8-0, Venezuela is 7-1 and Argentina is 6-2, meaning those nations have the within track for the top-three spots for the reason that group and a global Cup berth. The Dominican Republic is currently 5-3, and Panama and the Bahamas are both 2-6.

FIELD UPDATE

Along with Philippines and Japan, which qualified as host nations, some spots in the 32-team World Cup field have already been clinched in recent days. FIBA, basketballs governing body, said Finland, Lebanon, Ivory Coast and New Zealand may also be now officially in next years tournament.

UP NEXT

USA: Host Brazil on Nov. 11, site TBA.

Colombia: Face Puerto Rico on Nov. 11.

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