In Prague, Czech Republic, Virginia center Mike Tobey had a strong outing as the U.S. U19 men's basketball team routed Canada, 109-67, in the FIBA U19 World Championship quarterfinals on Friday.
Tobey, who did not play in the Americans' 71-62 win over Serbia on Wednesday, had 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots in 12 minutes of action.
"My teammates did a good job of putting me in position to put some points on the board and get some rebounds," Tobey said.
Tobey shot 4-for-6 from the field and 2-for-3 from the free-throw line. He was the second-leading rebounder for the U.S., which had a dominant performance on the boards, outrebounding Canada 54-35.
"The coaches all push to crash the glass," Tobey said. "We’re lucky to have great, very physical big men who are able to push around the other team and get a lot of rebounds and we’re fortunate to have that."
Tobey was one of seven American players to score in double figures. Marcus Smart led the U.S. with 14 points. The U.S. also got strong outings from Michael Frazier (12 points), Aaron Gordon (12) Jahlil Okafor (12), Montrezl Harrell (11) and Elfrid Payton (10)
"At this point it’s win or go home," Frazier said. "So it definitely feels good to advance and have the opportunity to play in the semifinal (today)."
Next up for the U.S. is a semifinal matchup with Lithuiana on Saturday. The winner of the game, which can be viewed on ESPN3.com, will advance to Sunday's championship game to face the Australia-Serbia winner. With the tournament championship in sight, Tobey says the U.S. can't take any opponent lightly.
"We can’t go in there thinking that we’re just going to win the game. We have to go in there with our best effort every game," Tobey said. "There’s just two days left and that’s what it all comes down to, so we have to come into these next games more focused than ever and come out and play as hard as we can and try and get a 'W'."