The USA (5-0) advanced to the FIBA Americas Men’s U18 Championship gold medal game for fifth straight time after holding off a game Argentina (3-2) squad 104-92. The USA winning effort was led by 26 points from Quentin Grimes (College Park H.S./The Woodlands, Texas) and Coby White (Greenfield H.S./Goldsboro, N.C.) added 25 points.
The Americas will face in Saturday’s gold medal game (8:15 p.m. EDT) the winner of this evening’s Canada (4-0) versus Puerto Rico (3-1) semifinal contest.
Kentucky commit Tyrese Maxey missed his second straight game after injuring his ankle in pool play.
Argentina did what no other team had been able to do so far against the USA, keep it close. The U.S. led 24-18 in the first quarter and by halftime had expanded its advantage to 54-39. Argentina outscored the U.S. 20-17 in the third to reduced the lead to 71-59 heading into the final 10 minutes, but the USA had an answer for every Argentina rally and for the fifth consecutive game broke the century mark in recording a win.
Matthew Hurt (John Marshall H.S./Rochester, Minn.) assisted the U.S. to the win with 16 points, Ayo Dosunmu (Morgan Park H.S./Chicago, Ill.) added 13, while Cole Anthony (Archbishop Molloy H.S./Briarwood, N.Y.) and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Bishop Miege H.S./Shawnee Mission, Kan.) each tossed in 10 points.
The USA dominated the boards, outrebounding Argentina 47-28 as Grimes and Hurt each grabbed eight, and Josiah James (Porter-Gaud School/Charleston, S.C.) and Robinson each secured seven rebounds.
The U.S. made 51.8 percent of its shots and Argentina hit 50.0 percent of it tries. Argentina held the advantage from the foul line making 24-of-30 tries, while the USA was 11-of-16 from the charity line.