HAMBURG, Germany -- Saving their best performance for last, and fittingly seeing all-12 members of the USA U17 World Championship Team score, the Americans' depth and teamwork again proved, as it had all tournament, too much for its opponent and the U.S. ran to a 111-80 victory over Poland (7-1) Sunday to claim the gold medal in the inaugural 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship in Hamburg Germany.
Team USA beat Canada in the semifinals, but saved their best for last.
"Best game we've had here," stated USA U17 World Championship Team head coach Don Showalter. "I thought we put it all together. I thought every player played his best game today.
"Coming into the tournament we said we wanted to improve a little bit every game and I thought today was just fantastic for our kids. We got great play from our center position. Johnny (O'Bryant) really came to play today and Andre (Drummond) did a great job; and what can you say about our guards and forwards? It was just a team effort, you just can't single out any one person because they all did a great job," continued the U.S. mentor.
U.S. guard Brad Beal who averaged a USA high 18.3 ppg. and made 47.7 percent (31-65 3pt FGs) of his 3-point tries, was selected MVP of the World Championship, and teammate James McAdoo (Norfolk Christian H.S. / Norfolk, Va.), who averaged 15.0 ppg. and 7.3 rpg., while shooting 65.6 percent from the floor, joined Beal on the five member all-world championship tournament team.
The two squads played evenly for much of the first period and after the USA crept out to a 29-21 lead, Poland's Daniel Szymkiewicz hit net on a shot from just beyond half court to end the quarter and close the U.S. lead to 29-24.
Poland continued to stay with the U.S. and with 2:54 remaining before halftime the U.S. lead stood at 46-41.
Fueled by points from four different USA players, the Americas closed out the second quarter on a tear, pouring in 12 consecutive points to take a 58-41 lead to the locker room at intermission.