LOS ANGELES (Rio 2016 Olympic Games) - China head coach Gong Luming readily admits he expected his team to be overmatched against the USA in their exhibition game on Sunday in California.
More than 19,000 fans filed into the Staples Center in Los Angeles and watched the two-time defending Olympic champions roll to a 106-57 triumph over the Chinese.
What Gong wanted before the tip-off is for his 2015 FIBA Asia Championship winners to gain experience against the best, and the USA, the team most people expect to capture the gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games next month, are certainly that.
Al Thornton scored 24 points as he carried Philippines-Mighty Sports pummeled South Korea, 86-65, to notch its second straight victory in the 2016 William Jones Cup Monday in Taiwan.
Thornton also had seven boards as he sank crucial baskets to pace PH-Mighty Sports which is now 2-0 in the tournament.
Zach Graham added 13 points, while Dewarick Spencer contributed 12 markers.
NBA All-Star and Team USA point guard Kyrie Irving says he is not worried about facing Australia at the Rio Olympics.
Irving, who was born in Melbourne but elected to play for the US, also said he has not thought about going head-to-head with his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Matthew Dellavedova.
"My job is not to worry about them," Melbourne-born Irving told AAP on Sunday.
Seven imports and seven local players.
That’s the composition of the Philippine-Mighty Sports team representing the country in the 38th William Jones Cup in Taipei.
Unlike the Gilas Pilipinas teams that represented the country in the recent Jones Cup tournaments, this group of players are heavily reinforced by foreign players – five that have played in the PBA and two stalwarts from the Korean Basketball League.
LOS ANGELES -- The ball. That's what Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski came up as part of a list of things that are going to be challenging for the Americans during this five-game exhibition tour before they head to Rio de Janeiro for the Summer Olympics.
It takes some time to adjust to the Molten basketball, which is used in international competition and is said to be a bit slicker than the Spalding basketballs used in the NBA, Krzyzewski said on Sunday after his team's 106-57 rout of China.
Even with superstars such as Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James pulling out of consideration for this Olympic team, Team USA is so much better than the teams they'll be playing during these warm-up games, it's hard to assess just where the American team is.
In one heart-stopping moment, Philippine national youth basketball player Jonas Tibayan took a bad spill in the team’s game against China in the 2016 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship on Sunday in Tehran, Iran.
Tibayan, a 6-foot-3 veteran of the Batang Gilas program who suited up alongside Troy Rosario, Mac Belo and the Gilas cadets in the SEABA Stankovic Cup last May, hit his head on the way down and had to carried off the floor on a stretcher.
But Batang Gilas coach Mike Oliver confirmed to InterAksyon.com in an exclusive online interview that there is no major concern as far as Tibayan’s condition is concerned.
LOS ANGELES -- Just two games into the U.S. basketball team's pre-Olympic tour, coach Mike Krzyzewski already sees the start of something big.
Kevin Durant scored 19 points, Klay Thompson added 17 and the Americans rolled to a second straight blowout exhibition victory, 106-57 over China on Sunday night.
DeMar DeRozan scored 13 points in his hometown, and DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points and seven rebounds in the second stop on the five-city tour leading the Americans to Rio de Janeiro.