After losing in its opening game of the Olympics to France, USA basketball took care of business against overmatched Iran, winning 120-66 to improve to 1-1.
Former Weber State star and current Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard scored 21 points to lead all scorers. All seven of Lillard’s seven made field goals came on 3-pointers and he shot 7 of 13 from 3-point range. He also dished out five assists and grabbed two rebounds.
“I think we came out with a lot more urgency,” Lillard said, per USA Basketball. “Our energy was higher, we played at a faster pace. We were more aggressive, and we played like ourselves. We didn’t come out here and think that it was just gonna happen, we made it happen, and that’s the way that we got to play if we want to be successful in these Olympics.”
Five other Americans scored in double figures — Devin Booker (16), Jayson Tatum (14), Zach LaVine (13), Kevin Durant (10) and Khris Middleton (10).
The USA led by 30 at halftime and never let off the gas pedal.
The United States is in second place in Group B and will need a win against the Czech Republic on July 31 to secure its spot in the quarterfinals — the top two teams from each group make the quarterfinals.
Joe Ingles scores 14 points to help Australia to win over Italy
Utah Jazz guard Joe Ingles was instrumental in Australia’s 86-83 victory over Italy, improving the Boomers’ record to 2-0.
Ingles scored 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting and had five assists and four rebounds. He was one of five Australians to score in double figures, with NBA players Aron Baynes and Patty Mills among them. Jock Landale led Australia with 18 points.
Nico Mannion, son of former Utah Utes and Utah Jazz basketball player Pace Mannion, had 21 points for Italy. Mannion cut Australia’s lead to three points with 24 seconds left in the game, but Matisse Thybulle made two free throws to secure Australia’s win.
Australia plays next against Germany on July 31.
Rudy Gobert, France dominate Czech Republic to stay undefeated
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert scored six points as France routed the Czech Republic, 97-77, improving to 2-0.
Gobert had 10 rebounds and two assists along with his six points.
Evan Fournier scored 21 points to pace the French.
Next up, France takes on Iran on July 30.
Former BYU women’s rugby player Jordan Matyas makes Olympic debut as USA beats China
Former BYU women’s rugby player Jordan Matyas and the USA beat China 28-14 in women’s rugby sevens.
The United States and China were tied at 7-7 early before the USA dominated the rest of the match. Matyas played four minutes in the USA’s opening match.
Matyas and the USA will take on Japan at 3 a.m. MDT on July 29.
University of Utah graduate Alexis Lagan finishes 21st in women’s 25-meter pistol qualification
University of Utah graduate Alexis Lagan was the top American in 25-meter pistol qualification, finishing 21st overall with a score of 288-7x. Only the top eight competitors advance to the finals.
It was the best individual placement of the Olympics for Lagan, who finished 38th in the 10-meter shooting qualification.
Real Salt Lake forward Douglas Martinez starts as Honduras loses 6-0 to South Korea
Real Salt Lake forward Douglas Martinez started and played 45 minutes for Honduras, but did not attempt a shot and was subbed off at halftime as South Korea won 6-0.
Honduras is now out of the men’s soccer tournament, finishing in last place in Group B with one win and two losses.
Former Utah women’s basketball player Kim Gaucher plays in Canada’s win
Utah women’s basketball legend Kim (Smith) Gaucher made her 2020 Tokyo Olympic debut, playing 11 minutes and grabbing a rebound as Canada beat South Korea 74-53.
Canada is now 1-1 in Group A play.
The 37-year-old new mother and Canada will play next against Spain on July 31.
7/28, 6 p.m. MDT: Alexis Lagan (Team USA, University of Utah graduate), women’s 25-meter air pistol qualification.
7/29, 3 a.m. MDT: Jordan Matyas (Team USA, former BYU rugby player), women’s rugby vs. Japan.
7/29, 5:06 a.m. MDT: Rhyan White (Team USA, Utah native), women’s swimming 200m backstroke qualification
7/29, 7:30 p.m. MDT: Jordan Matyas (Team USA, former BYU rugby player), women’s rugby vs. Australia.
7/29, 8:05 p.m. MDT: Taylor Sander (Team USA, former BYU volleyball player), men’s volleyball vs. Brazil.