USA U19 hoops wins Lithuanian showdown


Patric Young scored seven of his 15 points in overtime to help the U.S. U19 men's national basketball team edge Lithuania, 107-105, Tuesday, in one of the most anticipated games of the tournament in Riga, Latvia.

The Americans came back from a six-point deficit in the extra period to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals. Lithuania is expected to join them.

"I was not doing much early on but I was able to pick it up in overtime," Young said. "I hope we get to play this team again because they are good."

Jeremy Lamb led the U.S. with 35 points, including the game-winning basket with two seconds left. Stanford sophomore Anthony Brown did not play.

Lithuanian Jonas Valanciunas, the fifth pick in June's NBA draft, recorded 30 points and 15 rebounds.

The Americans meet Croatia on Wednesday.

Earlier, the U.S. won its first game of the second stage, beating Canada, 83-54 The contest was never in doubt as the Americans pulled away with a strong first half, racing to a 46-23 lead into the intermission.

James Bell led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds while Doug McDermott added 10 points. Bell was 6-of-9 from the field, including a 4-of-6 effort from long range.

Brown contributed two points, three rebounds and two assists. He missed all four of his 3-point attempts.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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