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USA under 18 wins gold with 113-74 victory over Canada

Cole Anthony (USA Basketball)

The USA (6-0) withstood an early run from host Canada (5-1) and dominated the game’s final 36 minutes to claim a 113-74 victory and the 2018 FIBA Americas Men’s U18 Championship gold medal Saturday night in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

The USA has now captured the last five and nine of the 11 previous FIBA Americas Men’s U18 gold medals, and owns a 59-2 all-time win-loss record at the event.

Falling behind 12-7 with 6:23 left in the opening stanza, USA guard Coby White (Greenfield H.S./Goldsboro, N.C.) scored five consecutive points to help launch the USA on a 12-0 run as the Americans took control 19-12 and went on to own a 29-20 lead after completion of the first period.  

 

Stomping on the gas pedal, the USA outscored Canada 32-13 in the second quarter and retired to the locker room at halftime holding a 61-33 lead. The USA never looked back and sailed on to the convincing 113-74 win.

Seven U.S. players scored in double digits. Cole Anthony (Archbishop Molloy H.S./Briarwood, N.Y.) led the way with 18 points; Quentin Grimes (College Park H.S./The Woodlands, Texas) and Matthew Hurt (John Marshall H.S./Rochester, Minn.) tossed in 17 points each; Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Bishop Miege H.S./Shawnee Mission, Kan.) added 14 points; Armando Bacot(Trinity Episcopal School/Richmond, Va.) was credited with 13 points; Coby White (Greenfield H.S./Goldsboro, N.C.) had 11 points and Ayo Dosunmu (Morgan Park H.S./Chicago, Ill.) finished with 10 points.

Canada, which came into the gold medal game leading all teams in rebounding, was outrebounded by the U.S. contingent 58-45. Bacot and Josiah James (Porter-Gaud School/Charleston, S.C.) each grabbed eight rebounds, while Grimes and Robinson-Earl snatched seven boards each.

The USA defense limited Canada to 33.3 percent shooting for the game and forced 18 turnovers.

In the day’s earlier games, Argentina (4-2) earned the bronze medal with an 87-79 victory over Puerto Rico (3-3), Chile took fifth place after edging Dominican Republic (2-4) 69-63, and Panama (1-5) picked up its first win for seventh place after surpassing Ecuador (0-6) 66-51.

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