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USA wins the Gold - Jul 1, 2010


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BIG FINAL
USA - Brazil 81-78
USA outsmarted Brazil 81-78 winning the Gold in San Antonio. USA had to work very hard in order to take the Big Final and they made it. It means that USA finished FIBA Americas U18 Championship with perfect 5-0 record. Silver medal belongs to Brazil. It is important to mention that both teams booked a spot for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. Kyrie Irving (191-G) shined for USA with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. He was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 28. Austin Rivers (191-G) helped with 19 points, while Vander Blue (191-G) added 13. Quincy Miller-Scott (203-F/C-93) registered double-double of 11 points and 12 boards. In Brazil, Lucas Nogueira (212-C-92) shined with 22 points and 14 boards. Felipe Vezaro (190-G-92) followed him with 17 pts. USA grabbed the title thanks to great performance in the last quarter. The Americans entered to the last ten minutes with 5-point deficit, but they managed to tie the score quickly and later finished Q4 with 23-15. Of course, that was enough for the Gold in San Antonio. Before the last period, everything looked good for Brazil who was 34-35- up at the half time (22-15 Q1, 12-20 Q2). In third frame both teams were on fire, but Canadians scored 28, while USA stopped on 24 pts. However, that was not enough for Canada as Kyrie Irving and his teammates exploded in the last ten minutes taking the Gold medal on this prestigious event. In 2008, USA failed in the Finals against Argentina.

Places 3-4
Canada - Argentina 86-83 OT
Kyle Wiltjer (206-C) made a three pointer with 1.7 seconds left in overtime to give Canada an 86-83 win to get the Bronze medal in the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Argentina, who won the Americas title in 2008, this time finished as No.4. Both countries qualified for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. Kyle Wiltjer was the leading scorer in Canada with 27 points. Myck Kabongo (188-G-93) secured a nice help and was close to make triple-double: 15 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists. Julian Clarke (191-G) added 14 pts. In the loosing squad, Carlos Paredes (201-F/G-92) shined with 28 points and 8 rebounds. He was the MVP of this game with valuation 28. Marcos Delia (207-C-92) had 11 pts and 7 boards. Argentina was a better team at the beginning as they made 10-15 lead in the first quarter. Canada slightly improved in Q2, but still it was Argentina who ended it with 17-19. It means that Carlos Paredes and his teammates were decent 7-point up at the half time and were looking good. Third period ended with 18-18 tie and Argentina was on the right way to victory. However, Canadians exploded in the last quarter and mostly owing to Kyle Wiltjer finished it with 26-19, for 71-71 tie at the end of regular time. Both teams were leveled in OT, until the last 1.7 seconds when Wiltjer drained a winning triple for Canada.

Places 5-6
Uruguay - Puerto Rico 78-64
Uruguay outplayed Puerto Rico 78-64 to finish as No.5 in San Antonio. Uruguay ended this event with decent 3-2 record. On the other side, Puerto Rico had only one victory also in five appearances. Mathias Calfani (199-C-92) shined for the winners with 32 points and 14 rebounds. Calfani earned the MVP title for this meeting reaching valuation 34. Ivan Loriente (184-G-92) was the second scorer in Uruguay with 22 pts, while Luciano Parodi (G-94) added 12. In the loosing squad, Christopher Ortiz (93) replied with 16 points and 5 boards. Emmanuel Andujar (92) had 12 pts and 8 boards. Uruguay was slightly better in the first period ending it 21-19. They took full control on Puerto Rico in the second frame and jumped to 39-29 at the half time. Nothing has changed after the breather as Uruguay was better team in Q3 and Q4 as well. Puerto Rico slightly improved in that second half, but that was not enough against tough Uruguayans. At the end Uruguay celebrated 78-64 victory for the fifth place on 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Both teams failed to qualify for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship.

Places 7-8
Mexico - U.S. Virgin Islands 86-89 OT
USVI grabbed overtime win against Mexico to avoid the last place at FIBA Americas U18 Championship in San Antonio. USVI did not disappoint at this event as they registered 2-3 record. On the other side, Mexico ended winless with 0-5 but they played pretty good in this meeting and were close to take it. Merwin Potter (93) was the leading scorer in USVI with 22 points. Aaron Brown (193-G-92) was the MVP in USVI with valuation 21. He collected 20 points and 11 rebounds for 28 minutes on the court. Javier Martinez (93) followed with 13 pts and 7 rebs. In Mexico, Kevin Acosta (175-G-91) was good with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Sergio Panduro (G-93) had 18 pts. USVI took control on Mexico from the very beginning. Merwin Potter and his teammates made nice 16-24 lead in the first ten minutes and until the half time they jumped to 32-42. Mexico drastically improved after the breather. Kevin Acosta was on fire and he paced Mexicans to nice 17-9 in Q3. They made 25-23 in the last quarter for 74-74 tie at the end of the regular rime. USVI was slightly better in overtime (12-15) and avoided the last place in San Antonio.   




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FIBA Americas U18 Final Standings
 1. USA
 2. Canada
 3. Brazil
 4. P.Rico
 5. Argentina
 6. Chile
 7. US Virg.Isl
 8. Dominican R.
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nickeil ALEXANDER-WALKER
  CAN
  (195-G-98)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Alexander-W., CAN17.4 
 2. Brissett, CAN16.4 
 3. Porter, USA15.8 
 4. Figueroa, DOM14.6 
 5. Arroyo, CHI14.4 
 6. Wigginton, CAN14.0 
 7. Fultz, USA13.8 
 8. Aguirre, CHI13.6 
 9. Negron, PUR13.4 
 10. Jackson, PUR12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christian NEGRON
  PUR
  (200-F/C-98)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Negron, PUR13.6 
 2. Simmons, ISV11.6 
 3. Uchendu, BRA9.2 
 4. Allen, USA9.0 
 5. Pereira, BRA8.6 
 6. Brissett, CAN7.8 
 7. Claxton, ISV7.2 
 8. Familia, DOM6.8 
 9. Haase, CHI6.8 
 10. Bamba, USA6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Shaivonte GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER
  (193-F/G-98)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Gilgeous-A., CAN5.4 
 2. Fultz, USA5.2 
 3. Corvalan, ARG5.0 
 4. Aguirre, CHI5.0 
 5. Coleman, USA4.4 
 6. Ruivo, BRA4.0 
 7. Wigginton, CAN3.4 
 8. Young, USA3.2 
 9. Stevens, ISV3.2 
 10. Haase, CHI2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Markelle FULTZ
  (195-SG-98)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Fultz, USA3.2 
 2. Gilgeous-A., CAN3.0 
 3. Brissett, CAN2.4 
 4. Corvalan, ARG2.4 
 5. Aguirre, CHI2.4 
 6. Alexander-W., CAN2.4 
 7. Lema, ARG2.0 
 8. Washington, USA1.8 
 9. Arroyo, CHI1.8 
 10. Porter, USA1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nicolas CLAXTON
  (201-G/F-99)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Claxton, ISV3.6 
 2. Negron, PUR2.4 
 3. Banks, USA1.8 
 4. Pereira, BRA1.6 
 5. Waldron, DOM1.6 
 6. Familia, DOM1.5 
 7. Bamba, USA1.2 
 8. Lorca-Lloyd, USA1.2 
 9. Thompson, PUR1.2 
 10. Allen, USA1.0 
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