Omaha Biliew shows out on first two days of FIBA U19 World Cup


Tyler Coe

TJ Otzelberger calls out a play against Oklahoma State on Feb. 11, 2023.

Iowa State’s incoming freshman phenom Omaha Biliew helped Team USA come out of the first two days of the 2023 FIBA U19 World Cup undefeated.

Biliew and the USA Basketball U19 team started off hot as they took down Madagascar in dominant fashion. The team kicked off Saturday morning by winning 136-69.

The 136 points were the most that Team USA ever scored in the FIBA World Cup. The monstrous win was in part thanks to the efforts of Biliew.

Biliew neared a double-double as he finished the game with 10 points and eight rebounds. His eight rebounds were also the most on the team.

Not only did Biliew score in the double digits, but he hit all four of the shots he put up. Biliew also had a pair of tone-setting dunks to fire up his team.

Along with the dominant offensive performance, Biliew added a steal and an assist to his stat line. It was clear that when Biliew was on the court, the team thrived.

Biliew helped Team USA carry that momentum into the second day of competition as the team came back from down 12 to take down Slovenia 77-72 Sunday.

Although Biliew had a quieter day against Slovenia, he came alive at the end to help fuel Team USA’s comeback. Biliew ended the game with three points, two steals and one block.

Biliew’s only points of the day came when the team needed it most. With time running down in the third quarter, Team USA was trailing by double-digits. Biliew caught a pass in the corner and put a three.

As the shot fell, it was clear that the tides shifted. From that point on, Team USA rallied and outscored Slovenia 25-11 in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.

Team USA is now 2-0 in pool play and will finish with Lebanon at 8 a.m Tuesday.