USA cruise past Turkey for fourth straight title, Lithuania finish third
ZARAGOZA (2016 FIBA U17 World Championship) - The United States continued their reign over the FIBA U17 World Championship by easing past Turkey 96-56 for the 2016 crown and their fourth straight title in the biennial tournament.
USA captain Gary Trent Jr. scored 17 points and tournament MVP Collin Sexton collected 16 points and 8 assists as the Americans registered the largest winning margin in tournament history - topping the 111-80 blowout of Poland in the 2010 title game. Wendell Carter Jr. chipped in with 11 points and 8 rebounds.
Turkey came out with a punch, forcing three USA turnovers and taking an 8-2 lead. But the Americans finished the first quarter on a 23-2 run to go up 25-10. Don Showalter's side continued to pour it on in the second quarter and extended the lead to 50-20 at intermission. The title holders never took the foot off the gas and extended the lead out to 40 points in the historic win.
Third place went to Lithuania, who rolled past Spain 81-63 to reach the podium for the first time in the competition's history. Arnas Velicka collected 18 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals and Ignas Sargiunas scored 14 points to lead Lithuania. The hosts Spain fell behind by 15 points in the first quarter and never got back into the game despite 17 points and 15 rebounds from Sergi Martinez.
Canada finished their U17 Worlds in strong fashion with a 99-68 blowout of France for 5th place. Ignas Brazdeikis collected 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Canadians, who lost at the Quarter-Finals stage for a third straight U17 Worlds. Danilo Djuricic added 14 points for Canada while Jaylen Hoard scored a team-high 17 points for France.
After reaching the final in the last two U17 Worlds, Australia finished seventh in Zaragoza as Patrick Bines scored 13 points and Sam Froling collected nine points and 15 rebounds. Lee Junghyun paced Korea with 21 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals as the Asians picked up their best-ever placing.
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United States beat Turkey 96-56
Lithuania beat Spain 81-63
Canada beat France 99-68
Australia beat Korea 83-76