menu close twitter facebook snapchat instagram youtube article basketball gallery graph left-arrow right-arrow search star trophy video net clipboard shield-check shield-star stopwatch

Men's Teams

Nov 23, 2017 7:30 PM est
USA 85 vs. PUR 78
FIBA World Cup of Basketball for Men
2017-19 Americas World Cup Qualifier
Nov 26, 2017 5:00 PM est
USA 91 vs. MEX 55
FIBA World Cup of Basketball for Men
2017-19 Americas World Cup Qualifier

Men's Shop

REPRESENT YOUR FAVORITE PLAYERS

Shop Now USA Basketball

Women's Teams

2017 USA Women's Teams Schedule
Jul 29, 2017 3:00 PM edt ESPN3
USA 73 vs. JPN 66
USA Women's U19 World Cup Team
2017 FIBA Women's U19 World Cup
Jul 30, 2017 3:00 PM edt ESPN3
USA 82 vs. RUS 86
USA Women's U19 World Cup Team
2017 FIBA Women's U19 World Cup - Gold Medal Game
Aug 12, 2017 3:00 PM edt
USA 78 vs. AUS 60
USA Women's U23 National Team
2017 U24 Four Nations Tournament
Aug 13, 2017 3:00 PM edt
USA 107 vs. CAN 61
USA Women's U23 National Team
2017 U24 Four Nations Tournament
Aug 15, 2017 3:00 PM edt
USA 103 vs. JPN 71
USA Women's U23 National Team
2017 U24 Four Nations Tournament

Women's Shop

GRAB YOUR OFFICIAL TEAM SHIRTS NOW

Shop Now USA Basketball
Scottie Barnes

Hot-Handed USA U16 Men Sprint To 121-49 Semifinal Victory Over Argentina

  • Date:
    Jun 17, 2017

-- U.S. To Meet Canada In Gold Medal Contest --

Shooting a sizzling 60.0 percent on the night and racing to a 71-21 halftime lead, the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team (4-0) took down host Argentina (2-2) 121-49 on Saturday night in Formosa, Argentina. The victory set up a North American gold medal contest against also-unbeaten Canada (4-0). The win also advances the USA to its fifth-straight FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Men gold medal game, with the July 18 tip-off set for at 8 pm EDT.

Argentina will face Puerto Rico (2-2), which fell to Canada 81-66 earlier in the evening, in Sunday’s bronze medal match (5:45 p.m. EDT).

The gold medal game will be streamed live on Facebook.com/USABasketball, and all four of Sunday’s games will be streamed live online at YouTube.com/FIBA.

Scottie Barnes (Cardinal Newman H.S./West Palm Beach, Fla.) scored a game-high 20 points and had six of the USA’s U16 men’s record 26 steals. He also set a USA U16 men’s record by hitting a perfect 8-of-8 from the line, which surpassed the 6-of-6 record by Sterling Gibbs in 2009 and his free throws made equaled the eight made by Jordan Brown in 2015.

“I knew it was a big game that would get us into the gold medal game,” said Barnes. “Coaches just wanted us to go in and play our hearts out and show our respect to Argentina. I felt that I should play my heart out and give it all I’ve got for my team and for my country.”

All 12 members of the USA squad got on the scoreboard, including Romeo Weems (New Haven H.S./Chesterfield, Mich.) with 17 points; De'Vion Harmon (John Guyer H.S./Corinth, Texas) and Jeremy Roach (Paul VI Catholic H.S./Leesburg, Va.) scored 12 points apiece; Jalen Green (San Joaquin Memorial H.S./Fresno, Calif.) notched 11; and Vern Carey Jr. (University School/Southwest Ranches, Fla.) and James Wiseman (The Ensworth School/Nashville, Tenn.) chipped in 10 points apiece.

De’Vion Harmon dished out four of the USA’s 15 assists, and Roach and Isaiah Todd (John Marshall H.S./Richmond, Va.) were credited for three steals each.

For the fourth time in as many games, the USA struck first and never trailed. After opening with a 6-0 spurt, Argentina got its first five points from the line to cut it to 6-5. However, an 8-0 run sparked a 24-4 scoring spree that left the North Americans with a comfortable 30-9 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

“Our first goal was to come out and really deliver the first punch, so to speak,” said USA U16 head coach Don Showalter, who has guided the previous four USA U16 men’s teams to gold. “We wanted to score first, get into it defensively and take away everything they wanted to do. Coach Waterman and coach Fitch had a great game plan. They did a great job letting the kids know what to expect from an Argentine team than was much better than the score indicated.

“Canada has played very well this tournament. They have some really good shooters. Their perimeter game is really good. They’re going to be ready for us, no question about that. It’s going to be a great gold medal game.”

After spotting Argentina a point from the line in the opening minute of the second quarter, the U.S. strung together an 18-2 run that put the visitors up 48-12 with 5:29 still to play in the half.

“We wanted to come out and give them the first punch, because we knew they were going to have a good crowd,” said Roach. “We knew they were going to be into it, so we just wanted to come out with great energy. It felt good, though. Their crowd was really getting into it. It was fun.”

By the midway break the USA’s lead was up to 71-21, leaving little doubt as to the outcome, only the final score.

By halftime all 12 members of the red, white and blue squad were in the scorebook, led by 14 points from Barnes and 10 from Roach, as the team combined to shoot a red-hot 69.2 percent (27-39 FGs) from the field. Also at the half, the USA’s rebounding margin was 23-9, and the USA, which was credited with 16 steals by halftime, had scored 35 points off of 22 Argentine turnovers.

The U.S. outscored Argentina 18-11 in the third quarter and 32-17 in the fourth to bring the game to a close.

In being credited for 26 steals, the team set a USA U16 men’s record. The previous high-water mark was 25 steals set by the 2015 USA U16 squad against Dominican Republic.

Finishing the contest shooting an even 60 percent (45-75 FGs) from the field, the USA scored 54 points off 38 Argentina turnovers, outscored the South Americans 70-10 in the paint, 22-5 on second-chance points and 75-18 off the bench.

“Canada has played very well this tournament,” said Showalter. “They have some really good shooters. Their perimeter game is really good. They’re going to be ready for us, no question about that. It’s going to be a great gold medal game.”

“(We have to) bring good energy like we have been doing all four games,” added Roach on the USA’s plan against Canada. “We also need to rebound, play good defense, get out on the break, just play hard.”

In classification semifinal games today, Dominican Republic (2-2) defeated Venezuela (0-4) 71-57, and Mexico (1-3) picked up its first win with a 71-60 defeat of Paraguay (1-3). Dominican Republic and Mexico will compete for fifth place, while Paraguay will go up against Venezuela for seventh place.

Argentina, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United States have booked a ticket to the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup, which will be hosted by Argentina in Rosario and Santa Fe. Because Argentina is hosting the event, there is more than national pride on the line for the fifth-place finisher – the winner also will punch its ticket to the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup. 

USA Basketball has claimed the gold medal in all four editions of the biennial event, which was first held in 2009, and under the direction of Showalter, the USA is now 24-0 in FIBA Americas U16 Championship action. Additionally, USA U16 men’s teams have scored 100 or more points in 19 of 24 games all-time at the competition.

Showalter is being assisted on the sideline by Scott Fitch (Fairport H.S., N.Y.) and Stan Waterman (Sanford School, Del.).

As of March 1, 2017, 13 of the 48 former USA U16 National Team members were under contract in the NBA, four were competing professionally in international leagues, 20 were competing in the NCAA and 11 were still in high school.

2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship

WHERE TO WATCH: Facebook.com/usabasketball or YouTube.com/FIBA

Gold Medal Game: USA vs. Canada (June 18 @ 8 pm EDT)

 

 

Related Videos

The 2017 USA Women's National Team closed out its final day of training with a high-energy, competitive contest.

Go behind the scenes with the 2017 USA Men's U16 National Team and its golden victory over Canada.

  • Date:
    Jun 16, 2017

The four-member USA 3x3 National Team is ready for the challenge the June 17-21 FIBA 3x3 World Cup poses.

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2017

As the USA Men's U16 National Team heads to Argentina for the FIBA Americas U16 Championship, check out a recap of the past week of training.

Related Content

In 2017, USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year Jameel Warney helped the USA to a gold medal at the FIBA AmeriCup, where he was MVP, and to two FIBA World Cup Qualifying wins in November.

USA National Team head coach Dawn Staley and USA Women's National Team director Carol Callan discuss the 29-member USA National Team player pool.

Headlined by 13 Olympic and/or FIBA World Cup gold medalists, 29 athletes were named to the 2017-20 USA Basketball Women’s National Team pool, from which the 2018 USA World Cup Team is expected to be selected.

Developmental Coaches of the Year

Tags

Leading the USA U16 National Teams to perfect, 5-0 records and gold medals, USA head coaches Carla Berube and Don Showalter today were named as co-recipients of the USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year award.

Janelle Bailey

Tags

The tournament's leading scorer and a gold medalist at the 2017 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup, Janelle Bailey today was named the 2017 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year.

Coach Licensing & Organization Accreditation Login



Forgot Password?