The USA Basketball U17 team is trying to win another gold in the FIBA World Championships this summer and the group earned another blowout win with a 84-66 final score over Turkey in group play.
Class of 2017 guard Collin Sexton led a balanced American effort in Spain with 20 points while Marquette incoming freshman guard Markus Howard had 12 points. Class of 2018 big man Cart’Are Gordon had 12 points while Class of 2017 guard Gary Trent Jr. also added 10 points. Five-star 2017 forward Wendell Carter had nine points and 14 rebounds for the Americans. Turkey falls to 1-1 after defeating Egypt in its opener.
The Americans beat Taiwan, 119-45, on Thursday as Kevin Knox led seven double-figure scorers with 15 points.
Next, the Americans play Egypt on June 26 in the final game of group play before the Round of 16 begins on June 28.
This is a very solid start for the Americans in group play as they’ll be heavily favored again on Thursday against Egypt. With a lot of different scoring options, the American attack has been very tough to stop as they’ve been way more athletic and talented than every team they’ve faced so far. The Americans will really be tested once they get out of group play and into the elimination round, where things will become more difficult.
Shooting 30 percent from three-point range shows that the team still has one weakness to work on before the tournament begins. But so far, the USA team is off to a good start in Spain.