Sunday, July 11, 2010

FIBA U17 World Championship -- USA Over Canada 103-83

Oh, Canada
Canada's Dyshawn Pierre may have drawn first blood, but Team USA consigned the Canadians to the #3-#4 game Sunday with a 103-83 win over Team Canada. The USA's Young Guns will meet Poland Sunday to determine which country will win FIBA's 1st U17 World Championship. The Canadians provided the Americans with their sternest test since their opening game 82-70 win over Argentina on July 2. Team USA tied the game at 8:38 of the 1st Quarter on two made free throws from Adonis Thomas, then took the lead on a Brad Beal trey at 8:18. 6-1 guard Kevin Panagos brought the Canadians even again with a three point field goal of his own, but the Americans retook the lead 8-5, with a Quinn Cook three pointer at 7:32, and never looked back. The Canadians were down 13 at the end of the 1st Quarter 30-17, but won the 2nd Quarter 25-18, to draw within six by the half (48-42), but Team USA won the 3rd and 4th Quarters, pushing their record for quarters to 25-3 for this competition, and cruised home 103-83.

Leaders, Double-Doubles
Kentucky-bound Michael Gilchrist paced all scorers with 30 points on 11-15 (0-0, 11-15) and 8-10 shooting and 15 rebounds (6-9-15)  in 25 minutes of play. This is Gilchrist's first double-double of the competition, providing a hint of things to come in Lexington no doubt.  Forward James McAdoo also logged a double-double for the Americans, scoring 10 points (on 4-13, 2-3 shooting) and 12 (6-6-12) rebounds. Brad Beal (17 points) and Adonis Thomas (12 points) also scored in double digits in 32 and 21 minutes of play respectively. 6-7 guard Andrew Wiggins paced Team Canada with 20 points on 7-13 (0-1, 7-12) and 6-9 shooting in 22 minutes of play. Kevin Panagos chipped in 17 points on 5-13 (4-10, 1-3) and 3-4 shooting. Junior Lomomba, a 6-5 guard out of Longueuil, Canada , was the 3rd member of the Canadian squad to score in double digits, logging 13 points on 5-15 (0-3, 5-12) and 3-5 shooting. Dyshawn Pierre matched Michael Gilchrist's 15 rebounds with 15 (5-10-15) of his own.

Team USA will face Poland, 75-65 victors over Lithuania in the other semi-final game, on Sunday afternoon in the Gold Medal game.

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