The 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship gold medalists!

In its toughest game of the tournament, the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team (5-0) remained perfect with a convincing 113-79 victory over Canada (4-1) to claim the 2014 FIBA Americas Championship gold medal on Tuesday night at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The USA upped its record at the zone championship to 48-2 and has now medaled in every U18 competition, having won seven gold medals (1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014), while capturing silver in 2008 and bronze in 2002.

The three USA team captains, Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S./Fullerton, Calif.), who was named MVP of the tournament, Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.) and Justise Winslow (St. John’s School/Houston, Texas), all of whom had previously won two gold medals on USA Basketball teams, combined for 47 points, 17 rebounds, nine assists and six steals.

†“I’m just honored,” said USA U18 National Team and University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan, who also led the 2012 USA U18 team and 2013 USA U19 World Championship Team to gold and owns a USA Basketball head coaching record of 19-0. “I think that as a coach in this kind of event, you’re only as good as your players. I’ve been very fortunate that in he past three years, I’ve coached some great guys, great kids and have had some great coaches working with me. These guys were unbelievable to deal with. The bought in, they listened and they’re the ones who really played well. I’m just happy I could be a part of it and be taken along for the ride.”

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