After their closest game this week, Team USA’s U18 men’s basketball team will play for a Gold Medal on Saturday.
Team USA defeated Argentina in the semifinal round of the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship on Friday, 104-92. The 12 point win is Team USA’s closest margin of victory in five games at the FIBA Americas this week. Coming into Friday, they had won their previous four contests by an average margin of 61 points per game.
Rochester, Minnesota native Matthew Hurt registered another double-digit scoring performance, scoring 16 points. He added eight rebounds and blocked three shots in 27 minutes. Hurt has started all five games for Team USA this week.
Through 5 games Hurt is averaging 13.8 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 61% from the field.
Greenwood, Indiana native Trayce Jackson-Davis had 2 points and 2 blocks in 10 minutes of action. He is averaging 8.2 points and 4 rebounds while shooting an incredible 90% from the field on the week.
With the win, Team USA will play Canada on Saturday in the Gold Medal game. Canada defeated Puerto Rico in the other semifinal game on Friday, 95-89.
Saturday’s gold medal game is at 8:15 p.m. EDT. You can stream it live here on You Tube or on Team USA’s Facebook page.
Team USA has captured the past five and eight of the 10 previous men’s U18 gold medals, and currently owns a 58-2 all-time record at the event.
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