USA Men Claim Bronze With 96-72 Win Over Spain

Randall Padilla
July 11, 2017

R.J. Barrett of Montverde Academy (Fla.) was named Most Valuable Player as he led Canada to the gold medal at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in Egypt.

The Canadians rolled to a 79-60 win over Italy to claim their first gold medal in the event.

A day after he poured in 38 points against the Americans, Barrett, a 17-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., earned tournament MVP honours.

Outscoring the US 6-2 over the third quarter's first 1 minute and 34 seconds, Germany pulled ahead 37-35, marking the first time in the USA's five games that it found itself trailing in the second half.

It was Iran's first win in the tournament as the Persians lost to USA, Italy, Angola, Spain, Egypt and South Korea.

Canada led from the outset on their way to the top of the podium
Canada led from the outset on their way to the top of the podium

Canada's star young prospect RJ Barrett once again led the way - as he has all tournament - with team highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds to go with four assists while Abu Kigab chipped in 12 points, 10 rebounds and two assists. At times, we needed stops and we just couldn't get a rebound, things like that. Team USA outscored Germany 21-4 over the final 7:20 of the quarter to grab a 56-41 lead.

Barrett, a 6-foot-7 wing who has Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Arizona, and IN among some of his early recruiting leaders, was 10-of-18 from the field, 2-of-6 from the ac and 12-of-15 at the free-throw line. 6-foot-11 UNLV signee Brandon McCoy, the team's second leading scorer, added eight points and seven caroms.

Getting beat on the glass 23-14 in the first half, the US out-rebounded Germany 30-14 in the second 20 minutes to finish the night with a 44-37 advantage on the glass.

The USA men in 13 FIBA U19 World Cup appearances has now won six golds, three silver and one bronze medal, while compiling an overall record of 91-14. Purdue's Carson Edwards paced the USA with 13 points, while Payton Pritchard of OR followed with 12 points.

"I think everybody had chills", said Rana.

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