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USA celebrate Gold in Sao Sebastian - Jun 21, 2012

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USA - Brazil 81-56
USA deservedly earned the title at U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They registered the fifth win in a row at the tourney to claim the Gold medals. USA overcame hosting Brazil in Sao Sebastian. Julius Randle (203-F-94) stepped up with 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners. USA quickly started the game building a 24:16 lead. Brazil managed to slow down their opponents in the second quarter. The hosts cut the deficit to 6 points at halftime 31:37. But the North American team took over once again in the third term. They went on a 10:0 run in the third term to boost the lead to 18 points. Julius Randle was pivotal in the second half for the USA. He scored 14 points to help the team clear off. USA entered the fourth frame up by 16 points and never looked back on the way to the victory. Jarnell Stokes (203-PF-94) delivered 11 points, while Marcus Smart accounted for 10 points in the win. Arthur Fernandes (182-PG-95), Lucas Dias (205-C-96) and Matheus Pereira had 11 points each for Brazil.

Places 3-4
Canada - Argentina 68-66
Canada celebrated Bronze medals at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship in Brazil. They held off Argentina in an exciting consolation final clash. Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) stepped up with 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Canada eked out a narrow 17:15 lead after the first quarter. They stayed aggressive defensively and were able to protect the lead in the second frame. Canada ensured a 29:25 halftime advantage. Canada boosted the gap in the third quarter. The North American team entered the final quarter up by 6 points. Canada led by as many as 10 points in the fourth period but Argentina went on a 10:2 run to cut the distance to two points. They had a chance to tie things up but missed it and Canada escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Andrew Wiggins (202-F-95) accounted for 14 points and 11 rebounds for Canada. Duane Notice had 11 points in the victory. Gabriel Deck (199-F/C-95) replied with 23 points for Argentina. Lucas Gonzalez chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Places 5-6
Mexico - Puerto Rico 75-73
Mexico finished their U18 Fiba Americas Championship campaign on a high note. They claimed a tough two-point win over Puerto Rico. Jose Estrada (190-G-94) came up with 28 points to lead the winners. Puerto Rico got to a strong start. They eased to a 23:12 lead ten minutes into the game. But Mexico responded almost immediately. They went on a 24:13 run in the second quarter to draw things level at 36. Mexico slowly regained the lead. They fired 25 points in the third quarter to accumulate a 6-point lead before the fourth term. Puerto Rico worked hard to deny the deficit but Mexico hung on to snatch a difficult win at the end. Gabriel Vazquez (94) chipped in 13 points, while Kevin Lagunas produced 11 points and pulled down 15 boards in the win. Jerome Caraballo (95) replied with 13 points for Puerto Rico. Wilfredo Rodriguez netted 11 points in the losing effort.

Places 7-8
U.S. Virgin Islands - Colombia 77-52
US Virgin Islands clinched the 7th position at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They defeated Colombia on the final day of the tournament to claim the spot. Khalid Hart (198-SF-95) stepped up with 20 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Virgin Islands held their opponents to just 5 points in the first quarter. The Islanders grabbed an 11-point lead. They stretched the margin to 17 points at halftime 30:13. Colombia improved offensively in the third quarter. They knocked down 25 points but Virgin Islands easily matched the effort scoring 26 to enjoy an 18-point lead before the fourth quarter. Virgin Islands maintained the lead throughout the final period and celebrated a well-deserved win. Justin Gray (198-F) accounted for 17 points, while Kyle Hodge had 10 points in the win. Tony Trocha (206-C/F-94) answered with 20 points for Colombia. Brian Angola netted 15 points in the loss.   

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USA celebrate title in Saint Catharines - 6 days ago
FINAL USA - Canada 113-74 USA are crowned champions in Saint Catharines. They drubbed hosting Canada in the Final on Saturday. Cole Anthony (188-G-00) came up with 18 points to pace the winners. USA unleashed 61 points in the first period to open a massive 28-point halftime lead. USA dominated in the second half and raced to a well-deserved win at the end. Quentin Grimes (196-G-00) and Matthew Hurt (203-SF-00) had 17 points apiece for the winners. A.J. Lawson (201-G-00) replied with 18...   [read more]

Canada and USA to clash for title in Saint Catharines - 7 days ago
USA - Argentina 104-92 USA advanced into Final in Saint Catharines. They outlasted Argentina in a tough semifinal clash on Friday. Six players scored in double digits for the North American side. Quentin Grimes (196-G-00) delivered 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. USA sank 54 points in the first half to take a 15-point halftime lead. Argentina did not allow their opponents to get away with an easy win keeping the pressure throughout the second half. Nevertheless the USA hung on...   [read more]

Argentina, Canada, USA and Puerto Rico enter semifinal stage - 8 days ago
Dominican Republic - Argentina 70-87 Argentina bettered Dominican Republic to stay in the title quest in Saint Catharines. Marcos Giordano (183-PG-00) delivered 35 points to pace the winners. Argentina fired 31 points in the opening frame to take a 17-point lead. Argentina maintained the lead in the second half to rally to the win. Juan Ignacio Marcos (187-G-00) had 14 points for the winning side. Alanzo Frink (203-F-00) replied with 27 points and 7 rebounds for Dominican Republic. Pa...   [read more]

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FIBA Americas U18 Final Standings
 1. USA
 2. Canada
 3. Argentina
 4. P.Rico
 5. Chile
 6. Dominican R.
 7. Panama
 8. Ecuador

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Giordano, ARG18.5 
 2. Frink, DOM18.2 
 3. Quinones, DOM17.5 
 4. Miller, CAN17.3 
 5. Caffaro, ARG16.7 
 6. Nembhard, CAN15.7 
 7. Moncayo, ECU15.3 
 8. White, USA15.3 
 9. Lawson, CAN14.8 
 10. Marcos, ARG14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Lorca-Lloyd, CHI11.3 
 2. Caffaro, ARG8.8 
 3. Frink, DOM8.7 
 4. Robinson, USA8.5 
 5. Samuel, CAN8.0 
 6. Gunn, PAN7.8 
 7. Capurro, ECU7.7 
 8. Torres, PUR7.3 
 9. Miller, CAN7.3 
 10. Lombardo, PAN7.3 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Nembhard, CAN8.8 
 2. Arroyo, CHI6.5 
 3. Andrade, PAN5.4 
 4. Farabello, ARG5.3 
 5. Santiago, PUR5.3 
 6. Dosunmu, USA4.5 
 7. Anthony, USA4.2 
 8. Marcos, ARG4.0 
 9. Brown, CAN4.0 
 10. Grimes, USA3.8 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Nembhard, CAN2.7 
 2. Andrade, PAN2.2 
 3. Moncayo, ECU2.2 
 4. Gunn, PAN2.2 
 5. Rubel, DOM1.8 
 6. Maxey, USA1.8 
 7. Farabello, ARG1.8 
 8. Grimes, USA1.7 
 9. Patterson, CAN1.5 
 10. Marcos, ARG1.5 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Conditt, PUR3.3 
 2. Lorca-Lloyd, CHI2.8 
 3. Hurt, USA1.5 
 4. Capurro, ECU1.5 
 5. Davis, USA1.2 
 6. Rivera, ECU1.2 
 7. Caffaro, ARG1.0 
 8. Bediako, CAN1.0 
 9. Frink, DOM1.0 
 10. Linares, PUR1.0 
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