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UK recruits help U.S. take FIBA title

HAMBURG, Germany — University of Kentucky commitment Michael Gilchrist scored 18 points, and the United States won FIBA's Under-17 championship with a 111-80 victory over Poland on Sunday.

Fellow UK commitment Marquis Teague chipped in eight points and eight assists for the U.S. (8-0), which won its games by an average of 34.8 points.

"Best game we've had here," USA Coach Don Showalter said. "I thought we put it all together. I thought every player played his best game today."

North Carolina commitment James McAdoo led the U.S. with 20 points. Florida commit Brad Beal added 19 and was named tournament MVP.

Beal averaged a team-leading 18.3 points in the tournament while shooting 47.4 percent from three-point range (31-for-65). McAdoo, who averaged 15.0 points and 7.3 rebounds, also made the all-tournament team.

UK target Quinn Cook had 11 assists for the U.S., which forced Poland (7-1) into 27 turnovers. The U.S. team scored the last 12 points of the first half to take a 58-41 lead.

The U.S. never led by fewer than 14 points in the second half.

"The key to the game was the last two minutes of the second quarter," Showalter said. "We were up by five and we stretched it to 17 at halftime so that was a huge stretch for us. Teams in the second half just wear down. We keep bringing people off the bench and our opponents just wear down."

The U.S. outrebounded Poland 46-28, getting 22 offensive rebounds. UK targets Adonis Thomas and Johnny O'Bryant had eight and seven rebounds, respectively. Mc-Adoo also had seven.

"We got great play from our center position," Showalter said. "Johnny really came to play today ... and what can you say about our guards and forwards? It was just a team effort, you just can't single out any one person because they all did a great job."

Another UK target, Tony Wroten, had 13 points.

The U.S. dominated the tournament from its first game to the last, averaging 107.5 points and outrebounding its eight opponents by an average of 13 a game.

The team also was unselfish; 58.9 percent of its 336 field goals came on assists.

"We're definitely a deep team and that showed today," said Cook, who averaged a team-high 7.4 assists. "We're definitely at our best when we're up and down, (we're an) up-tempo team."

Canada rallied to beat Lithuania 83-81 in the bronze- medal game.

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