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Stanley Johnson scores 18 as USA drops Mexico at FIBA Americas

USA Basketball's U-18 squad was led in scoring by an Arizona signee and saw significant contributions


USA Basketball's second game of the FIBA Americas Under-18 tournament wasn't quite the 98-point blowout Billy Donovan's squad put on a day earlier, though a 100-46 victory on Saturday shed a little more light on the talents of one future Arizona Wildcat and three more who could become one.

Stanley Johnson led the USA with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting in just 19 minutes of play while adding seven rebounds and four steals. A day after he came out perhaps overly-aggressive, which led to foul trouble, Johnson put the energy in the right places as his team once again started out with a dominating defensive performance.

The game looked like it was about to be as gruesome as Friday's 156-58 victory against Uruguay. At halftime, the USA defense anchored by Johnson, Duke's Justise Winslow and Texas-bound center Myles Turner allowed just 13 points and led 56-13. The third quarter went in Mexico's favor, 23-21, before the US closed out strongly by outscoring its opponent 23-10 in the fourth.

Allonzo Trier, an Arizona target who is the only member of the 2015 class to start through two games, scored another 14 points and dished another three assists -- he put in the same numbers on Friday -- in just 15 minutes of play.

Guard Isaiah Briscoe again was feeling unselfish and handed out four dimes to go with his eight points and team-high 10 rebounds. Fellow Arizona recruit Chase Jeter grabbed nine boards and scored 10.