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FOURTH FIBA MEN'S JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1991

FOURTH FIBA MEN'S JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1991

Edmonton, Canada - July 18-24, 1991


From the start, the 1991 USA men's Junior World Championship team set its sight on one thing -- reclaiming the title that had been lost to Yugoslavia in 1987. When it was all done, the USA team, relying on a balanced offensive attack, returned home with the gold.

1991 Junior World Championship Team
1991 USA Junior World Championship Team


1991 USA RESULTS (8-0)
USA
124
Japan
51
USA
86
Nigeria
73
USA
106
Spain
101 (OT)
USA
69
Argentina
62
USA
97
Canada
72
USA
94
Brazil
78
USA
76
Yugoslavia
74
USA
90
Italy
85 (OT)

1991 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMP. FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (8-0) 9. Soviet Union (7-1)
2. Italy (7-1) 10. China (3-5)
3. Argentina (4-4) 11. Australia (5-3)
4. Yugoslavia (3-5) 12. Syria (3-5)
5. Romania (5-3) 13. Angola (3-5)
6. Spain (4-4) 14. Uruguay (3-5)
7. Brazil (6-2) 15. Nigeria (2-6)
8. Canada (3-5) 16. Japan (0-8)

The USA's symmetry became obvious right from the start. The United States, coached by the University of Florida mentor Lon Kruger, notched an opening blowout of Japan, 124-51, as all 12 U.S. players scored and 11 had eight or more points. Behind 25 points from 6'6' Lance Miller and 22 more from 6'4' Wesley Person, the Americans recorded a come-from-behind 86-73 win over Nigeria, then in overtime overcame Spain, 106-101 as 6'3' Bryan Caver paced the U.S. with 24 points.

The U.S. was again tested and again it successfully met the challenge, claiming a 69-62 victory over stubborn Argentina. The 4-0 Americans faced host Canada next, and the U.S. team continued to jell as it captured a 97-72 victory in a contest in which all 12 USA players again scored. An expected tight battle with Brazil never materialized as the U.S., behind Caver's 17 points, handed Brazil a solid 94-78 loss.

Four years earlier, Yugoslavia beat the United States twice to win the 1987 Junior World Championship title. The 1991 semifinals featured the USA against Yugoslavia with the winner earning the right to advance to the gold medal game.

As it had done throughout the tourney, the United States relied on its balance to earn a hard fought 76-74 win. Neither team could dominate in the first 20 minutes and at the half the game was an even affair, 34-34. The U.S. opened the second half by scoring 10 consecutive points, but then the Yugoslavs answered with eight points of their own to keep the game tight. With the game deadlocked 72-72 and only 23 seconds to play, 6'8' Antonio Lang calmly sank two foul shots to give the U.S. a 74-72 advantage, then shortly later added two more free throws to push the U.S. lead to 76-72. Yugoslavia scored with six seconds remaining to make it 76-74, but the U.S. let time expire and claimed the win.

Facing unbeaten Italy in the gold medal game, the Americans fell behind early and by halftime trailed 44-30. Things did not improve early in the second half for the U.S., and in fact, with just 12 minutes to play Kruger's troops lagged behind Italy by 17 points, 64-47. But the tide slowly turned and the USA's Caver took charge. With the U.S. trailing 75-71, Caver drove to score with 2:26 remaining and less than 30 seconds later, Caver recovered a blocked shot and went coast-to-coast for a layup to even the score, 75-75. Caver sank two free throws with 37 seconds to go, but Italy sank a bucket to send the game to overtime.

In overtime the USA once again fell behind, only to be bailed out by Caver. Down 85-81, Caver hit a jumper with 1:07 to go, added a layup and foul shot with 33 seconds on the clock, then sank two free throws with four seconds left to seal the 90-85 victory and the gold medal for the United States. 6'3' Khalid Reeves led the U.S. with 22 points, while Caver finished with 19 points, 18 coming in the second half and overtime.

 

1991 USA Men's Junior World Championship Roster

 

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL
HOMETOWN
Vincent Baker
F
6-11
215
19
Hartford
Old Saybrook, CT
Craig Brown
G
6-3
178
19
Florida
Steelton, PA
Bryan Caver
G
6-3
175
18
Seton Hall
Trenton, NJ
Jamal Faulkner
F
6-7
200
19
Arizona State
Middle Village, NY
Antonio Lang
F
6-8
206
19
Duke
Mobile, AL
Jarvis Lang
G
6-6
220
19
North Carolina-Charlotte
Farmville, NC
Lance Miller
G
6-6
200
19
Villanova
Bridgewater, NJ
Cherokee Parks
C
6-11
232
18
Marina H.S.
Huntington Beach, CA
Wesley Person
G
6-4
170
19
Auburn
Brantley, AL
Khalid Reeves
G
6-3
185
19
Arizona
New York, NY
Brent Scott
F
6-9
245
19
Rice
Lansing, MI
Edward Stokes
C
7-0
245
18
Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
HEAD COACH: Lon Kruger, University of Florida
ASSISTANT COACH: Dan Hays, Oklahoma Christian College
ASSISTANT COACH: Jim Molinari, Bradley University (IL)
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Ernie Lowe, Oxford, MS
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Ed Lacerte, Boston Celtics

1991 USA Men's Junior World Championship Cumulative Statistics

NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
ST
Miller 8
42- 97
.433
5- 15
.333
21- 29
.724
35/ 4.4
110/ 13.8
9
13
Caver 8
34- 63
.540
3- 10
.300
23- 32
.719
19/ 2.4
94/ 11.8
29
16
Person 8
33- 66
.500
9- 29
.310
14- 17
.824
13/ 1.6
89/ 11.1
5
6
Reeves 8
29- 54
.537
4- 14
.286
18- 25
.720
19/ 2.4
80/ 10.0
16
7
Stokes 8
28- 49
.571
0- 0
.000
15- 32
.469
57/ 7.1
71/ 8.9
2
7
Lang 8
18- 34
.529
0- 0
.000
27- 38
.711
42/ 5.3
63/ 7.9
5
12
Faulkner 8
27- 56
.482
1- 5
.200
0- 6
.000
11/ 1.4
55/ 6.9
4
7
Lang 8
15- 25
.600
0- 0
.000
16- 19
.842
24/ 3.0
46/ 5.8
1
9
Brown 8
18- 50
.360
1- 11
.091
2- 5
.400
22/ 2.8
39/ 4.9
6
10
Parks 8
15- 19
.789
0- 0
.000
6- 10
.600
36/ 4.5
36/ 4.5
3
2
Baker 8
14- 30
.467
0- 0
.000
8- 18
.444
17/ 2.1
36/ 4.5
0
5
Scott 7
11- 15
.733
0- 0
.000
1- 2
.500
8/ 1.1
23/ 3.3
0
5
USA 8
284-558
.509
23- 84
.274
151-232
.651
303/ 37.9
742/ 92.8
80
99
OPP. 8
215-497
.433
42-118
.356
124-177
.701
218/ 27.3
596/ 74.5
58
51