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USA under-18 basketball team coasts to win over Panama ... by 92 points

| Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 6:42 a.m.
Armando Bacot scored a game-high 17 points in a 92-point win over Panama on June 11, 2018.
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Armando Bacot scored a game-high 17 points in a 92-point win over Panama on June 11, 2018.

It's official. We have made America great again.

If President Donald Trump wanted to show a sign of power during his summit with North Korea, he found it in Team USA basketball.

The Americans beat Panama, 118-26. That was in the FIBA U18 tournament.

That's not a misprint. The Red, White and Blue won by 92 points. USA! USA! USA!

I'm sure somewhere in Singapore, Dennis Rodman is impressed.

Apparently, there is no mercy rule in that competition.

Consider some of these mind-blowing numbers.

• Panama didn't score in the first quarter.

• The Americans jumped out to a 45-0 lead

• It was 70-8 at halftime.

• Team USA shot 62 percent from the floor in the first half.

• All 12 players scored. But none of them needed more than Armando Bacot's 17.

These highlights sum it up.

Did we breech any sort of international code of conduct here? Team USA is 2-0 in preliminary-round play. Up next is Puerto Rico on Tuesday night.

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