The USA Basketball Men’s U16 team routed the Dominican Republic 94-45 at the 2017 FIBA Americas Championship Thursday in Formosa, Argentina.
ESPN No. 12 ranked high school sophomore James Wiseman (The Ensworth School) had 15-points with 10 rebounds, frosh Zion Harmon (Bowling Green H.S) scored 14, and frosh R.J. Hampton (Little Elm HS) added 11 points in the win.
“Our effort was great tonight,” U16 head coach Don Showalter told usab.com. “Our kids came out with a great mindset and played tremendous defense. We did a great job defensively. All 12 guys came in with the right attitude and mindset about playing defense.”
The Americans’ tough D limited the Dominican to a lowly 35 percent shooting, which led to 21 US points in transition.
With the easy buckets, USA shot a blistering 64 percent from the field, while they also crushed DR on the boards 51-32.
This was a complete wipeout from the beginning as the US led 46-22 at the half and 67-31 at the end of the third quarter.
With the win, the Americans earned a spot in the medal semifinals and secured a berth at next year’s 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup.
“First of all, that’s what you want to do, qualify for the U17 World Cup next year,” said coach Showalter. “The kids understand that, and now we want to finish out [this] tournament the right way”
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