25 Jun

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Myles Turner, Team USA defeat Canada to earn Gold Medal at FIBA Americas U18

(via University of Texas Athletics)

(via University of Texas Athletics)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Incoming University of Texas freshman Myles Turner posted five points, five rebounds and a game-high four blocked shots to help Team USA to a 113-79 victory against Canada in the Gold Medal Game of the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship on Tuesdayevening. Turner started the game and converted 2-of-2 field goals (including 1-of-1 from three-point range) in 16 minutes of action.

With his four blocked shots in Tuesday’s victory, Myles Turner set a USA U18 competition record with 18 total blocks during the five-game tournament. The previous mark was 13 set by both Tim Young and Shareef Abdur-Rahim in the 1994 FIBA Americas Junior World Championship Qualifier.

During the tournament, Myles Turner started all five games and averaged 7.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and a team-best 3.6 blocks in just 15.4 minutes per contest. He converted 13-of-19 (.684) field goals, including 1-of-1 from three-point range, and 9-of-12 (.750) free throws. Nine of his 24 total rebounds came off the offensive glass.

With the win, the Americans posted a 5-0 mark and captured its seventh gold medal all-time in the tourney, having previously won the championship in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2012.

 

2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship Results (Team USA schedule only)

Championship Round

Tuesday, June 24 (Gold Medal Game)

USA 113, Canada 79

 

Monday, June 23 (Semifinals)

USA 90, Dominican Republic 56

 

Preliminary Round Group B

Sunday, June 22

USA 118, Argentina 64

 

Saturday, June 21

USA 100, Mexico 46

 

Friday, June 20

USA 156, Uruguay 58

 

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