The USA Basketball Men’s U16 team trounced Canada 111-60 Sunday to capture the Gold medal at the 2017 FIBA Americas Championship in Formosa, Argentina.
ESPN No. 2 ranked high school sophomore Vernon Carey Jr. (University School of Nova South) had a team-high 19 points, 4 assists, and 5 rebounds and was named tournament MVP.
“Vernon Carey Jr. is a grown man,” sophomore teammate DeVion Harmon told usab.com. “If you ask me, he’s the No. 1 player in the country. I love playing with him. Seeing the excitement he brings to the games, his diving on the ground, blocked shots, his dunks. The one that he had tonight in the gold medal game is definitely a Sports Center Top Ten.”
Harmon (John Guyer HS), frosh Jalen Green (San Joaquin Memorial), and frosh Jeremy Roach (Paul VI Catholic) added 13 points each, while frosh Zion Harmon (Bowling Green HS) chipped in 12 points with 6 assists in the win.
This game was over early as USA led 26-16 after one quarter, 49-24 at the half, and 82-36 at the end of the third.
It was an offensive onslaught for the Americans, whose whopping 111 points in the final punctuated a record 563 points scored in the tournament, two points shy of the team’s all-time U16 record.
The US shot a blistering 60 percent from the field and 56 percent from three, while holding the Canadians to a lowly 30 percent field goal shooting.
With the victory, the Americans captured their fifth-straight FIBA U16 Americas gold medal.
“It never gets old,” said USA head coach Don Showalter. “We had a great game plan. (USA assistant coaches) Scott Fitch and Stan Waterman did a fantastic job on the scout. Our kids just executed it to perfection, and I think it showed in the way we started out tonight.”
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