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August 2014
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USA wear down Serbia to book place in Final

DUBAI (FIBA U17 World Championship) - The United States took advantage of their depth to wear down Serbia in a 89-68 victory to reach the Final of the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship - moving just one win away from their third straight title.

The final result was not indicative of how hard the two-time undefeated reigning champs had to work to get the victory.

Four Americans scored in double figures led by 15 points from Malik Newman while Harry Giles collected 10 points and 12 rebounds for the USA, who will take on the winners of the second Semi-Final between Australia and Spain for the 2014 U17 Worlds title.

Serbia will take on the losers of that game for the last podium spot.

Nikola Rakicevic paced the Serbs with 19 points while Stefan Peno had 18 points, four assists and three rebounds and Vojislav Stojanovic also had 18.

Serbia missed a number of lay-ups and open looks in the first quarter as USA opened a 17-7 lead. The Serbs made just 4 of 23 shots in the first quarter, trailing 24-16 after 10 minutes.

Serbia eventually got some of their shots to fall and grabbed the lead at 31-29. The Americans led just 39-36 going into the locker room.

The USA depth began to show in the third quarter and Serbia were getting worn down, making just 5 of 19 shots in the third quarter.

The Americans were up 59-48 after 30 minutes and little in the fourth as the Americans pushed the lead out to 23 points.