The 2016 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team jumped out to a 14-0 in the first 2:24 and dominated Egypt 104-57 in a preliminary round game Sunday in Spain.
The U.S. team earned the No. 1 seed from Group A and will face winless Argentina on Tuesday in the Round of 16.
“From here on out we have to treat every game like it’s our last,” said guard Markus Howard of Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.). “We have to treat every game like a (NBA Finals) Game 7. We have to have that mindset and mentality that it could be our last game, so we have to play our hardest and not let anybody get the best of us.”
The Americans had seven players in double figures:
- Howard shot 5-of-9 from 3-point and finished with 19 points and six assists.
- Gary Trent Jr. (Apple Valley/Burnsville, Minn.) scored 17 points and had three steals;
- Troy Brown (Centennial/Las Vegas) and Austin Wiley (Spain Park/Hoover, Ala.) posted double-doubles with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Brown added five assists and four steals;
- Jordan Brown (Woodcreek/Roseville, Calif.) scored 12 points on 6-of-8 from the field;
- Wendell Carter Jr. (Pace Academy/Fairburn, Ga.) had 11 points and nine boards;
- Carte’Are Gordon (Webster Groves/St. Louis) finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.
“We came out right away and really took it to them right off the bat,” said USA U17 head coach Don Showalter (USA Basketball), who is now 26-0 as head coach of USA U16/U17 teams since 2009. “We need to do that to teams in order to get us going, and also to get other teams to understand that this is as hard as we’re going to play throughout the whole game. So, I was really pleased with how we started those first five, six, seven minutes. We did a great job there.”