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ST. CATHARINES, Ontario — Cole Anthony scored 18 points to help the United States win its fifth straight FIBA Americas under-18 title and ninth in 11 years, 113-74 over Canada on Saturday night.
Quentin Grimes, the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, and Matthew Hurteach add 17 points, and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 14 for the U.S. team coached by the University of Kansas’ Bill Self. Anthony is from Archbishop Molloy High School in New York; Grimes from The Woodlands, Texas; Hurt from Rochester, Minnesota; and Robinson-Earl from Shawnee Mission, Kansas.
Coby White, a Greenfield School product and bound for the University of North Carolina, was one of three U.S. players named to the all-tournament team alongside Grimes and Cole Anthony. In the title game, White produced 11 points and six rebounds, while handing out a pair of assists. That followed a 104-92 victory over Argentina in Saturday’s semifinal, where White, the Wilson Times Athlete of the Year, poured in 25 points and added five rebounds on 9-of-14 shooting.
A.J. Lawson led Canada with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
The United States, Canada and semifinal losers Argentina and Puerto Rico earned spots next year in the FIBA U19 World Cup. The U.S. was 6-0 in the event to improve to 59-2 in the history of the competition.
“You can always play harder than what you think you’re playing,” White said after the U.S. claimed the gold medal. “You can always give more, compete every possession and never take anything for granted. Just playing with these guys was fun. I’ve never really played on a team like this, but I feel like we gelled and came together like a real brotherhood, like family, quickly. That helped, too.”
In the third-place game, Argentina beat Puerto Rico 87-79. Chile was fifth, beating the Dominican Republic 69-63, and Panama edged Ecuador 66-51 for seventh.
“It feels great,” White said. “I know all the hard work is paying off, but I’m more happy that we won the gold medal and we put it on for the USA.”