Gary Trent Jr. equaled a tournament record with seven three-pointers and scored 25 points to lead the United States to a 151-51 victory against the Dominican Republic at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Argentina.
Trent (Apple Valley, Minn.) tied the USA and FIBA Americas U16 record for made threes set by Bradley Beal in 2009.
The Americans made 19 three-pointers overall, setting the event’s single-game record. The USA’s previous record was 13 (2009); the previous tournament record was 14, set by Canada and Chile in 2011.
Also, the U.S. team’s steals record fell as the Americans had 25; the former mark was 23 against the Bahamas in 2013. Team USA also set the team and tournament record with 44 three-point attempts, besting the mark of 22.
The win and Brazil’s loss guaranteed the U.S. team a spot in the medal round and also assured the Americans a spot in the U17 World Championship next year.
Trent shot 7-for-12 from the arc to lead all scorers.
“It was just my teammates,” Trent said. “They put me in the right spots. It was up to the point guards running the offense and finding me.
“It’s really great. I’m glad I have the opportunity to play for USA Basketball. Without this opportunity, I couldn’t even get close to that record. So, I want to thank USA Basketball for having me.”
Markus Howard (Findlay Prep, Nev./Chandler, Ariz.) shot 6-of-10 from distance and finished with 20 points; Jaylen Nowell (Garfield H.S./Seattle) had 13 points, three assists and three steals; and Robert Woodard(Columbus, Miss.) added 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Changing up the defense, the U.S. team put together a 22-0 run, which saw seven players score, to open the second quarter. The lead had grown to 55-22 with 4:40 left in the second quarter.
“We got the first-game jitters out yesterday,” said Nowell. “So today we came in and were more poised and we were able to knock down shots. We were able to trap. Our traps were very aggressive today. That’s one of the main reasons we were able to get so many steals. And our rotation was great, too.”
The team concludes preliminary play on June 12 (5:15 p.m. ET) against Brazil (0-2).