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Additional Quotes: USA 120, Canada 71

  • Date:
    Jul 7, 2018

Game Story
• Box Score

USA head coach Don Showalter (USA Basketball)
On the game:
We got down in the first quarter, but we knew they were going to come out and really give us their best shot right off the bat. They are well prepared and well coached. 

We got down eight at one point, 28-20, but in the second quarter our defense turned up a notch. We used different guys, and I thought our zone press was really good in the second quarter. And the kids just wanted it a little more, I think. They wanted to prove that they get the job done.

On France:
Well, they have three guards who are as good of guards as we are going to see. So, we have to do a good job with them. I think they try to control the game with their guards, so we are going to have to do a good job of getting the ball inside and hammering it inside with our bigs and make them play us inside as well.

You feel confident the team can perform as well against France as it has in the past two games?
I feel confident that we are going to give it a great shot. That’s all you can ask for. But, the way this team has really come together has really been unbelievable. From my standpoint as a coach, this is the fifth U17 team I’ve coached, and they have probably bought in and come together closer than any other team I’ve ever had.           

Scottie Barnes (University School/West Palm Beach, Fla.)
On the game:
From the second to the fourth quarter, we played really well. They came out strong and were knocking down big shots. But, in the second quarter, we just started playing our game and got back to what we usually do. 

What was the difference in the second quarter?
I think we just turned it up. They gave us all they had in the first quarter, but we already knew things were going to go our way. I don’t think we were ever nervous. We knew what we needed to do. When we play our game, we are the best team here.   

Jalen Suggs (Minnehaha Academy/Minneapolis, Minn.)
On the game:
That was exciting. We went through a little bit of adversity. First quarter, it was really close. I think we were down by seven. But, we came out in the second quarter and brought energy and tied the game up, and then we never looked back. Third and fourth quarter, I think we played with more energy than we did the whole tournament, and it really showed. 

On France in the gold medal game:
France has a lot of good guards. They can play the game really well. So, like we did today, we are going to come out hard and try to impose our will and not give up.

Romeo Weems (New Haven H.S./New Haven, Mich.)
On the game:
We played with high energy. We knew they were going to throw punches, and they threw them in the first quarter, so we just had to keep playing. I just thought I had to bring energy for the team, and I just played hard. 

What was the difference in the second quarter?
We got on each other. In the huddle, we said we’ve got to turn it up. So, we just got on each other and stayed together.

 

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