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USA U-18 team advances to FIBA America Gold Medal Game


Julius Randle, a Dallas native and one of the best big men in the Class of 2013, scored 15 points and grabbed four boards to lead the way for Team USA as they advanced past Argentina 107-72 in the FIBA Americas U-18 championship.

Argentina held an early lead, but Syracuse-bound wing (and younger brother of Notre Dame’s Jerian) Jerami Grant threw down a dunk to give the United States the lead that was never relinquished.

It was a balanced effort for the Americans, as seven players finished with double figures. Duke-bound Rasheed Suliamon finished with 14 points, while future Memphis Tiger Shaq Goodwin had 13. Goodwin, who scored 30 points in a win over the Virgin Islands, scored seven straight points -- including back-to-back three point plays -- to stretch a lead that remained at ten for much of the second quarter to 53-36.

The USA will advance to take on Brazil, who beat Canada 66-62. The Americans beat the Brazilians 83-64 on Monday.

(Photo via Team USA’s site)

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.