Hawes Shines in U.S. Opening Round Victory

June 28, 2006

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Incoming Washington freshman Spencer Hawes hit all four of his shots from the field and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds as the host United States men's under-18 Team (1-0) registered a 111-64 victory over Uruguay (0-1) Wednesday night in its debut at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men at Bill Greehy Arena, St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas.

The USA is off Thursday and wraps up its preliminary play Friday against Brazil in a 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) game.

Hawes tallied 11 points in 18 minutes, including four early in the game that sent the Americans to a 14-4 advantage with 5:17 left in the first quarter.

'It was extremely important to get out to a quick start. In your first game you want to build confidence right away and you want to make sure you don't give the other team any confidence. I thought we came out very focused and took it to them right away,' said USA and University of Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar.

'I was happy with our defense for the most part, but we have to work on transition defense. I was most pleased with our sharing of the basketball. We did a good job of sharing the ball, especially in the first half,' added Romar.

Uruguay cut the USA lead to 18-11, but the Americans closed out the quarter impressively and led 33-18. The U.S., which did not commit a turnover in the first 10 minutes, shot a sizzling 68.4 percent in the opening quarter to Uruguay's frigid 38.9 percent.

Defense was the theme of the second quarter as the USA outscored Uruguay 24-7 to take a commanding 57-25 lead to the locker room. Uruguay managed to make just 2-of-14 field goal tries.

The USA advantage stood at 77-43 after the third stanza, and the U.S. men rolled on in for the win.

The U.S. dominated the glass outrebounding Uruguay 50 to 27, including 25 offensive boards. The Americans finished shooting 47.4 percent from the floor, but made just 7-of-25 3-point tries. Uruguay shot a dismal 38.7 percent overall, including 4-of-18 for 22.2 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.

In other action Wednesday, Argentina (1-0) romped past the Bahamas (0-1) 99-59, while Canada (1-0) handled Puerto Rico (0-1) 90-73.

Preliminary round play continues on June 29 and concludes June 30. The top two finishing teams in each preliminary round group advance to the medal round semifinals on Saturday, July 1. Teams placing third and fourth in each preliminary round group will advance to the consolation semifinals on Saturday.

The FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Men Finals will be held Sunday, July 2. The top four finishing teams at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship qualify for the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship.

(Some text courtesy of USA Basketball)
For more details, including a complete game recap and boxscore go to: USA Basketball

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