SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The workforce that USA Basketball assembled for its ultimate two FIBA AmeriCup qualifying video games knew it will be collectively for less than a couple of week.The gamers made probably the most of that point.Ra’Shad James scored 21 factors, and the U.S. completed AmeriCup qualifying with a 6-0 file, beating Mexico 96-75 on Saturday. Brandon Bass scored 12 factors for the Americans, who outscored the Mexicans 33-12 from 3-point vary.”Any participant would wish to be part of a scenario like this,” James stated. “You had guys that purchased into the system in a short time … a selfless bunch of fellows.”Joe Johnson completed with 11 factors, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the U.S., William Davis added 10 factors and Isaiah Thomas — on the lookout for an NBA comeback — had 9 factors in 20 minutes.AmeriCup is the championship for the nations within the FIBA Americas area; the U.S. has gained it seven instances in 9 earlier probabilities, and it got here into its two video games in San Juan figuring out it already had a berth within the September 2022 event secured. It wound up beating the Bahamas and Mexico by a mixed 37 factors in these video games anyway.Edgar Garibay completed with 19 factors and 9 rebounds for Mexico.It did not take lengthy for the U.S. to make Saturday’s sport a runaway.Mexico was inside 14-10 after the primary six minutes, and that was concerning the final time it had any real looking upset hope. The Americans went on a 13-0 run to push the result in 17 late within the opening quarter, Dakota Mathias made a 3-pointer with 3:13 left within the half to make it 53-24, and the end result was by no means in query once more.”We actually characterize one thing greater than ourselves, and we did that,” U.S. coach Joe Prunty stated. “We talked about how we had an ordinary to uphold.”Prunty additionally raved about how selfless the Americans had been, even citing Thomas for giving again some minutes Saturday so others might play extra.”The approach they represented each other, the way in which they represented Team USA, it was a tremendous job by [USA Basketball men’s national team director] Sean Ford and the employees to place collectively a workforce like this,” Prunty stated.The U.S. improved to 11-1 towards Mexico in senior stage FIBA or FIBA Americas video games.It took precisely one yr for the U.S. to get by AmeriCup qualifying; the Americans opened the method by successful 83-70 in San Juan over Puerto Rico on Feb. 20, 2020, and that may be the closest sport that they had within the six-game collection.The coronavirus pandemic pressured the final two units of two-game qualifying home windows into bubbles, first at Indianapolis in November when the U.S. clinched its AmeriCup berth and now these video games in San Juan. Mike Fratello coached the U.S. within the first two home windows, Prunty took over for these video games and the Americans put collectively three completely different rosters for the three units of video games.AmeriCup qualifying was step one in an extended course of towards making the fields for the 2023 Basketball World Cup and the 2024 Paris Olympics. Only the host nations — the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia for the following World Cup, and France for the 2024 Olympics — mechanically qualify for these tournaments. All different nations should graduate by a collection of different tournaments, such because the AmeriCup, to make these fields.