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1990 USA Men's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team

FIRST JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT -- 1990

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Montevideo, Uruguay • July 14-22, 1990


Featuring a talented squad with several future NBA players, the USA traveled to Montevideo, Uruguay with two goals, to qualify the United States for the 1991 FIBA Men's Junior World Championship and earn a gold medal. Head coach Ron Arrow's USA team realized both goals by sweeping its competition and rolling to a perfect 7-0 record and the gold medal.

 
1990 USA RESULTS (7-0)
USA
120
Venezuela 68
USA
143
Panama 103
USA
  89
Costa Rica 44
USA
  87
Brazil 79
Final Round
USA
124
Puerto Rico 68
USA
  97
Uruguay 73
USA
105
Argentina 73
1990 JUNIOR WORLD  CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL  STANDINGS
1. USA (7-0) 6. Cuba (3-4)
2. Argentina (6-1) 7. Panama (3-4)
3. Brazil (5-2) 8. Venezuela (1-6)
4. Uruguay (4-3) 9. Canada (1-4)
5. Puerto Rico (4-3) 10.Costa Rica (0-5)

Outscoring opponents by an average of 109.3 ppg. to 72.6 ppg., a 36.7 ppg. margin, the USA was even more dominating on the boards. The United States grabbed an average of 45.3 rpg., nearly doubling its opponents output of 26.7 rpg. Calbert Cheaney led all U.S. scorers, averaging 21.6 ppg., while Grant Hill averaged a team second best 16.3 ppg.

Opening against Venezuela, the U.S. held a 65-35 halftime lead and cruised to the 120-68 victory. In a total team effort, seven players finished in double-digits, including Cheaney and Hill, who scored 18 points apiece.

After holding a 67-57 advantage at the half, the USA turned it up a notch to outscore Panama 76-46 in the second half and earn a 143-103 victory. Hill led the United State's offensive show with 28 points, Terry Dehere added 23 and Allan Houston had 22.

Behind a 22 point effort by Hill, the U.S. easily downed Costa Rica 89-44 in its third contest. After leading 49-34 at the half, the U.S. allowed just nine Costa Rican field goals in the second half and sailed to the 89-44 victory.

Meeting an undefeated Brazilian team in its final preliminary round contest, the USA earned its closest victory of the tournament, 87-79. Brazil kept the game within reach by shooting 56.3 percent (9-16 3PTs) from beyond the arc. However, the U.S., which shot 0-6 from three-point, scored 58 points from inside the paint (29-56 FGs). The USA's scoring effort was aided by Cheaney, 34 points and Allan Houston, 22 points.

Meeting Puerto Rico in the semifinals, the USA dashed out to a 57-33 halftime lead and reeled off a 124-68 victory as all players scored with Cheaney posting a game-high of 27 points.

The USA downed host Uruguay 97-73, after leading 47-37 at the half, in its second semifinal match behind the scoring efforts of Ed O'Bannon, 19 points, Derrick Martin, 18, Cheaney, 17, Houston, 14 and Hill, 13 points.

The victory set up a gold medal contest between two undefeated teams, as Argentina also stood at 6-0.

In the gold medal contest, the U.S. jumped out to a 49-34 halftime advantage and Argentina was never able to recover as the United States went on to earn the 105-73 decision and the gold medal. Cheaney once again led the U.S., scoring 26 points.

Brazil defeated Uruguay 69-61 for the bronze medal

1990 USA USA BASKETBALL MEN'S JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT
WGT
AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Calbert Cheaney F 6-7
200
18 Indiana Evansville, IN
Terry Dehere G 6-3
180
18 Seton Hall Jersey City, NJ
Grant Hill F 6-8
205
17 South Lakes H.S. Reston, VA
Allan Houston G 6-5
178
19 Tennessee Knoxville, TN
Darrick Martin G 5-11
170
19 UCLA Los Angeles, CA
Conrad McRae F 6-7
225
19 Syracuse Brooklyn, NY
Lance Miller F 6-6
200
19 Villanova Bridgewater, NJ
Ed O'Bannon C 6-8
215
17 Artesia H.S. Lakewood, CA
Anthony Reed F 6-9
220
19 Tulane Monroe, LA
Brent Scott C 6-9
245
19 Rice Lansing, MI
Richard Thomas G 6-0
174
19 Illinois State Maywood, IL
Luther Wright C 7-1
290
18 Elizabeth H.S. Elizabeth, NJ
Head Coach: Ronnie Arrow, University of South Alabama
Assistant Coach: Glen Clem, Walker Junior College (AL)
Assistant Coach: Scott Thompson, Rice University (TX)
Team Physician: Gerard Lawrence (Willimantic, CT)
Athletic Trainer: Tim Garl, Indiana University

1990 USA USA BASKETBALL MEN'S JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/ AVG
AST
STL
Cheaney 7
60- 89
.775
1- 3
.333
12- 19
.632
42/ 6.0
151/ 21.6
8
16
Hill 7
43- 80
.538
0- 0
.000
28- 49
.571
43/ 6.1
114/ 16.3
13
25
Houston 7
38- 66
.576
6- 13
.462
14- 24
.583
29/ 4.1
96/ 13.7
26
13
O'Bannon 7
34- 54
.630
0- 0
.000
17- 20
.850
44/ 6.3
85/ 12.1
9
10
Dehere 7
21- 45
.467
6- 23
.261
8- 9
.889
11/ 1.6
56/ 8.0
13
4
Martin 7
23- 38
.605
3- 8
.375
6- 8
.750
16/ 2.3
55/ 7.9
21
19
Wright 7
21- 34
.618
0- 0
.000
4- 13
.308
44/ 6.3
46/ 6.6
3
8
Scott 7
18- 25
.720
0- 0
.000
8- 22
.364
25/ 3.6
44/ 6.3
2
6
Thomas 7
13- 30
.433
0- 2
.000
13- 23
.565
13/ 1.9
39/ 5.6
13
16
Reed 7
14- 28
.500
0- 0
.000
5- 12
.417
21/ 3.0
33/ 4.7
1
6
Miller 6
9- 21
.429
0- 4
.000
4- 6
.667
9/ 1.5
22/ 3.7
0
10
McRae 7
7- 13
.538
0- 0
.000
10- 16
.625
20/ 2.9
24/ 3.4
1
8
USA 7
310-523
.593
16- 53
.302
129-221
.584
317/45.3
765/109.3
110
141
OPP. 7
188-492
.382
29-103
.282
103-186
.554
187/26.7
508/ 72.6
62
109

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