RIGA, LATVIA -- A game that included a match-up of future Butler
teammates came down to a late tip-in before the USA slipped past
Australia, 78-77, in the consolation finals of the FIBA U19 World
Championship in Riga, Latvia, on Sunday, July 10. The victory
gave the USA fifth place in the 16-team tournament.
Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut) tipped in his own miss with 29 seconds remaining to give the USA a 78-77 lead, and the U.S. survived a final three-point field goal attempt by Australia to gain the one-point win.
The U.S. trailed 57-52 with 2:30 remaining in the third quarter before Butler’s Khyle Marshall scored on a short jumper to ignite a 6-0 U.S. run. Tim Hardaway, Jr., (Michigan) followed with a lay-up and Marshall capped the run with a rebound basket to give the U.S. a 58-57 lead. The red, white and blue finished the third quarter with a 60-59 advantage.
Hardaway led the U.S. with 21 points, while Doug McDermott (Creighton) added 13 and Meyers Leonard finished with 10. Marshall had four points and one rebound.
Australia was led by Hugh Greenwood with 26 points. Jackson Aldridge, who will be a freshman at Butler this fall, finished with 11 points and four rebounds. The 6-1 point-guard hit a pair of three-point field goals in the game.
The USA finished the FIBA U19 World Championship with a 7-2
U.S. Preliminary Round Schedule at the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men
Thursday, June 30 - USA 115, Egypt, 60
Friday, July 1 - USA 80, Serbia 78
Saturday, July 2 - USA 82, China 66
U.S. Second Round Schedule
Monday, July 4 - USA 83, Canada 54
Tuesday, July 5 - USA 107, Lithuania 105 (OT)
Wednesday, July 6 - Croatia 87, USA 85
Friday, July 8 - Russia 79, USA 74
Saturday, July 9 - USA 84, Poland 47
Sunday, July 10 - USA 78, Australia 77
(Photos courtesy of USA Basketball/FIBA)