Team USA dominates Lebanon to finish FIBA U19 World Cup pool play undefeated


Jacob Rice

Conrad Hawley talks to an Iowa player on the court during the 2022 CyHawk men’s basketball game. Dec. 8, 2022.

Omaha Biliew continued to dominate on the world stage as he helped Team USA take down Lebanon 122-70 on the final day of pool play at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup.

Team USA was undefeated going into Tuesday morning’s game with just Lebanon standing between them and a top seed going into bracket play. With Biliew on the starting lineup, Team USA made quick work of Lebanon, nearly putting the game away at halftime.

After two hot performances from Team USA, it was expected that Lebanon would not pose much of a threat. Team USA started off on fire by destroying Madagascar in a record-setting 136-69 victory.

Following the huge win on the first day of competition, Team USA fought back from down 12 to take down Slovenia 77-72 on day two. Although Biliew had a quieter day against Slovenia, he still showed up when it mattered most.

Throughout the first two days of competition, Biliew had 13 points, eight rebounds, three steals, one assist and one blocked shot. Biliew was efficient in the short time he had on the court.

As the final day of pool play rolled around, Team USA expected another strong outing from the Iowa State freshman. Biliew earned the starting spot and did not disappoint.

Biliew played for nearly 20 minutes and amassed eight points, two rebounds, two steal and two blocked shots. His defense was a big reason that Team USA held on to a big lead going into the half.

With halftime approaching, Biliew swatted a shot attempt to help Team USA hold nearly a 40-point lead. Biliew ended the day shooting 50% from the field and knocking down three of his four free throw attempts.

After locking up the title in Pool B, Team USA will look to build off its undefeated record going into bracket play.

Team USA will face off against China on Wednesday in the first round. China ended pool play with an 0-3 record.