Bruno Caboclo leads Brazil to victory over the USA in the FIBA ​​World Cup qualifiers

WASHINGTON (AP) – USA basketball still has work to do before qualifying for next year’s World Cup.

Former Toronto Raptors first-round pick Bruno Caboclo scored 24 points, Georghino De Paula added 18 and Brazil significantly improved its chances of making the 32-team World Cup field by beating the United States 94-79 in Friday’s qualifier.

The USA would have secured a place in the World Cup with a win. The Americans now have to wait at least until Monday, when they host Colombia.

Langston Galloway was the top scorer in the USA with 14 points, while Charlie Brown and Alize Johnson scored 10 each.

The USA still controls its timing destiny.

The Americans lead Group F with a 7-2 record, one game ahead of Brazil (6-3). The winner of the game between Mexico and Uruguay, which will be played later on Friday night, will also be 6-3 and lose 5-4. Puerto Rico (4-4) and Colombia (3-5) are also in the group; These two teams also meet on Friday night.

All the USA has to do is finish first, second or third to automatically qualify for the World Cup. The Americans have three qualifiers left _ one Monday, then two more in February.

Brazil never trailed on Friday, leading by as many as 25 points and holding a 58-34 halftime lead.

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