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USA U16 team goes 3-0 in pool play at FIBA Americas, rolls to semifinals


(Markus Howard/USA Basketball)

USA Basketball’s U16 team started 3-0 in pool play at FIBA Americas this week in Argentina. The Americans average was of victory was above 51 points per contest as the depth, athleticism and skill of the group was too overwhelming for Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Brazil.

Since the USA group is so deep, other teams often stay somewhat close for a quarter before a second-quarter surge pushes the Americans to a huge halftime lead.

The team set a record for 3-pointers made in a single game at the event by going 19-for-44 (43 percent) in a win over the Dominican Republic, led by Class of 2017 guard Gary Trent Jr.'s seven 3-pointers and 25 points.

Class of 2017 big man Wendell Carter went for 21 points and 11 rebounds while Class of 2018 forward Jalen Hill had 14 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Brazil to push the team into the semifinals. In the opening game, Class of 2017 guard Markus Howard went for 19 points on 62 percent shooting.

USA has already qualified for the U17 FIBA World Championships by placing in the top four for this years FIBA Americas. The Americans now will play host Argentina (2-1) at 7:30 p.m. EDT on June 13 for a right to play in the title game on June 14.