Justise Winslow shines as US bags FIBA U18 gold medal

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Colorado Springs, CO, United States (4E Sports) – Duke-bound Justise Winslow recorded 20 points and 10 boards as the United States squad clinched the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 gold medal with a 113-79 win over Canada Tuesday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

Arizona signee Stanley Johnson added 19 while reserves Jalen Brunson, Isaiah Briscoe and Luke Kennard all scored in double figures for the Billy Donovan-coached squad.

Small forward Dillion Brooks led Canada with 27 points while Huntington Prep (West Virginia) wing Montaque Gill-Caesar added 22 points.

With the Americans committing 14 combined turnovers in the first quarter, Canada cut the lead to two twice, in the first few minutes of the second quarter.

However, the US used its depth to create some separation in the second quarter. Canada committed four turnovers in a 90-second span, which let the Americans extend the lead to 30-21. The US would build on that lead, which got as high as 16 in the second quarter.

The Americans entered halftime with a 49-35 lead that Canada failed to overcome in the second half. They won every game this week by at least 34 points.

This is the third time Donovan had led Team USA to gold. In 2012, he led the U18 team to gold, followed by winning U19 gold the next season. Providence’s Ed Cooley and Arizona’s Sean Miller served as assistant coaches.

The Dominican Republic bagged the bronze medal with a 64-53 win over Argentina.

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