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Trio of future Blue Devils lead the USA U18 team to victory

Team USA for the FIBA Americas U18 Championship won the gold medal in the 2014 tournament after defeating the Dominican Republic in the semi finals and Canada in the finals. It comes as no surprise that the trio of future Blue Devils led the squad, as they did during the preliminary round games.

Before the final two games of the tournament, USA Basketball conducted an interview with Class of 2015 commit Luke Kennard for his take on the previous three games against Uruguay, Mexico and Argentina. Kennard also talked about the Dominican Republic game and gave his thoughts about the USA coaching staff.

In the semi final game against the Dominican Republic, the United States served up a 90-56 victory. Incoming freshman Tyus Jones scored 14 points in the contest, scoring the second-most amount of points for the team. He also recorded seven assists, two steals and three rebounds. Kennard scored 11 points for the United States and recorded two steals. Incoming freshman Justise Winslow had an off night. None of his shots fell for him, but he helped the team by grabbing three rebounds and had two assists.

In the highlights, Jones is number six, Kennard is number seven and Winslow is number 10.

In the gold medal match, the United States beat the Canadians 113-79.  Winslow had his best game of the tournament, completely turning things around from the day before. He had a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. He also nabbed four steals. He led the United States in all three of those statistic categories for the final game. He also contributed two assists during the game. Kennard scored 10 points and had four rebounds, along with one steal. Jones scored eight points on the night, as well as recording five assists and two rebounds.

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