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Team USA win seventh consecutive FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup to continue historic run

[Credit: FIBA]

Italy 88 – 129 USA

ISTANBUL, Türkiye – Led by Cameron Boozer and Koa Peat, USA were crowned FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup champions for the seventh consecutive time with a convincing win over Italy.

The United States continued their domination of this competition having won every installation while being on a 51-game winning streak.

Star forward Boozer dropped a staggering 24 points, 13 rebounds along with a couple of assists and steals while Peat led the game in scoring with 26 to go with eight rebounds.

Italy put up a spirited performance in Istanbul with impressive individual showings from Achille Lonati (20 pts, 3 rebs) and Maikcol Perez (18 pts, 8 rebs and 8 assists)

USA took the lead almost instantly as Brandon McCoy threw down a dunk after just a couple of seconds, but Lonati responded with a three at the other end.

AJ Dybantsa dropped two jams in 14 seconds as USA continued to force their opponents into turnovers with their high pressure.

Dybantsa’s tough euro step into the layup through traffic gave his nation a 14-point lead halfway through the first quarter.

Peat impressed in the opening 10 minutes as he dropped nine points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal as his side led 19-32 heading into the second quarter.

Tyran Stokes got off the mark with a layup to give USA a 20-point advantage with eight minutes until half time.

A Lonati corner three pushed him up to 14 points, but the US responded on the fast break as Boozer threw it down for two.

A few moments later, Jalen Haralson found Peat with a lob and the latter converted to put his side up by 17 points with the interval approaching.

On the stroke of halftime, McCoy bounced the ball off the glass for Stokes to slam it down on the fast break, giving the US a 37-point lead at halftime.

Two minutes into the third JJ Mandaquit’s missed three-point attempt was caught by Peat for the putback dunk giving the six-time champions a 40-point advantage.

Peat continued to show his ability to complete flashy finishes as he caught a lob from Stokes for his 24th point of the game halfway through the penultimate quarter.

A few minutes later Diego Garavaglia drained a triple, but he could only cut the lead back to 37 as Italy remained quite a way behind.

Team USA started to build some real distance as Caleb Holt’s second three-point attempt dropped through the nylon for his fifth points.

Jaden Toomb’s fastbreak flush gave the Americans their 100th points heading into the fourth with a very convincing 37-point lead.

Despite such a huge deficit Italy continued to fight as Maikcol Perez finished on the inside to take his points tally up to 14.

On the next possession, the USA hit a stunning play as Dybantsa lifted the ball up to McCoy for the highlight slam.

The Americans closed out a historic victory to continue their 14-year domination of the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup.

Cameron Boozer spoke to EliteScholars after the game and shared his thoughts on winning the title alongside his twin brother Cayden Boozer:

“I feel great, it’s a great team, so proud of these boys. It’s a great accomplishment.

Of course its special doing it with someone you grew up with, we be twins so its a great thing to do together.”

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