USA Basketball U17 advances to gold medal game at FIBA World Championships

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The USA Basketball U17 team is advancing to the gold medal game after another convincing win in Spain on Friday. In the semifinals, the Americans knocked off Lithuania, 98-70 as they’ll play on July 3rd for the gold medal.

Incoming Marquette point guard Markus Howard continued his strong tournament with a team-high 16 points while going 3-for-7 from 3-point range while Class of 2017 guards Gary Trent Jr. and Collin Sexton both finished with 15 points.

Howard is shooting 48 percent from 3-point range through six games in the FIBA World Championships as he’s been lethal from the perimeter.

Class of 2018 forward Carte’are Gordon finished with 13 points while Class of 2017 forward Kevin Knox finished with 10 points.

So far, this American team has been able to score like crazy despite only shooting 32 percent from 3-point range during the tournament. In the championship, the Americans will have to play Turkey, a team they defeated in group play, 84-66,