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Diamond Stone

USA Basketball's U16 National Team opened play Tuesday at the FIBA Americas Championship in Maldonado, Uruguay with a resounding 130-31 blowout of Mexico.

The outcome was never in doubt as the USA raced to a 15-1 lead and took a 68-16 advantage into halftime.

"I was very pleased with the team's effort," USA head coach Don Showalter said. "There are three things that we try to instill in our players. The first is unselfishness, the second is to play smart and the third is to play aggressively. I thought we accomplished those three things today."

Seven American players reached double figures, led by 20 points and eight rebounds from 6-foot-9 post Diamond Stone of Dominican (Whitefish Bay, Wis.).

"I was pretty nervous going into the game," Stone said. "But after I made my first shot I was just going with the flow."

Malik Newman of Callaway (Jackson, Miss.) added 19 points while Ivan Rabb (14 points, 12 rebounds) and Harry Giles (14 points, 10 rebounds) both notched double-doubles.

The victory brings the USA's record in U16/U17 play to 29-0 dating back to 2009. Tuesday's 99-point final margin was the largest of any game during that span.

The United States continues qualifying round play Wednesday against Argentina, a 74-53 winner over The Bahamas on the opening day of competition in Uruguay.