Team USA U17 sets program record in 133-81 victory in FIBA World quarterfinals

Team USA U17 sets program record in 133-81 victory in FIBA World quarterfinals

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Team USA U17 sets program record in 133-81 victory in FIBA World quarterfinals

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Collin Sexton (Photo: USA Basketball)

Collin Sexton (Photo: USA Basketball)

The U.S. Men’s U17 team set a program record for points with a 133-81 victory against South Korea to advance to the semifinals of the FIBA U17 World Championship in Zaragoza, Spain.

The Americans will face Lithuania on Friday (ESPNU/ESPNEWS, 3 p.m. ET). Turkey faces host Spain in the other semifinals. The gold and bronze medal games are Sunday.

Collin Sexton (Pebblebrook/Mabelton, Ga.) scored 24 points, including 12 in the first half in which all 12 players on the roster scored. Kevin Knox II (Tampa Catholic/Riverview, Fla.) had 15 points in the first half and finished with 17, Carte’Are Gordon (Webster Groves/St. Louis) scored 16 points, Wendell Carter Jr. (Pace Academy/Fairburn, Ga.) and Austin Wiley (Spain Park/Hoover, Ala.) scored 12 apiece. Troy Brown (Centennial/Las Vegas) and Gary Trent Jr. (Apple Valley/Burnsville, Minn.) each had 11.

“We went out there and executed pretty well,” Sexton said. “Everybody played unselfish. We just have to close the game out better. We started the first half and we blew them out. In the second half we just got a little lackadaisical on defense, we really weren’t rebounding and playing hard. But we still had a great team effort overall.”

The Americans had a 66-22 advantage on the boards with every member of the team grabbing at least two rebounds. Jaren Jackson Jr. (Park Tudor School/Carmel, Ind.) led the team with eight; Gordon and Immanuel Quickley (John Carroll School/Havre de Grace, Md.) grabbed seven each; and Carter and Knox had six each.

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