USA Basketball looks to move closer to World Cup
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 14, 2018 07:16 AM
FILE - In this June 2, 2016, file photo, television announcer Jeff Van Gundy speaks before Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, in Oakland, Calif. Former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy will lead the U.S. menís basketball team through the early stages of qualifying for the 2019 Basketball World Cup. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The spot that USA Basketball hopes to have in next year's FIBA World Cup cannot be clinched nor lost on Friday, when the Americans play host to Uruguay to begin the second round of qualifying.
This much is certain: The road to China gets a whole lot smoother with a win.
Should the Americans beat Uruguay in Las Vegas on Friday night, they would be assured of having a two-game lead over the fourth-place team in Group E with five games left in qualifying. And that's all that matters — to be guaranteed of reach the World Cup, the U.S. needs only to finish in the top three of the group standings.