Darius Miller scored 10 points and grabbed three boards in just 15 minutes of action as the USA U-19 team held off Lithuania 76-69 to remain unbeaten at the FIBA World Championships. Miller was a key to the win for the US, who will face Canada in the medal round quarterfinals on Friday. With the USA up only three early in the fourth quarter, Darius scored six straight points for the Americans and added a block and a steal to stretch the lead out to nine. Lithuania rallied to tie it up before Kansas’ Tyshawn Taylor scored 4 of his 13 points in the dying minutes to put the Lithuanians away.
Miller pointed to his team’s intensity as the deciding factor in the game. “They didn’t play a lot of guys so I think they got tired so when I came in and just tried to play with a lot of energy and it just worked out for us. My teammates did a good job of getting me the ball when I was open,” said Miller. “I think we played with a lot more intensity in the second half, we came out ready to play and ready to go. They we’re playing with a lot of intensity and we had to match it in the second half to come out with the win.”
Lexington’s Shelvin Mack added five points for the Americans, who are one of two unbeaten teams remaining in the competition. The other is Australia, and everything indicates it will take commitment to defense and a total team effort to stop Australia’s tough, scrappy leader.
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