LSU’s Miller scores in double-digits, Team Usa wins gold

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In a match that arrived down to the wire, the United states of america adult males (7-) ongoing with their balanced group efforts and unselfish engage in to maintain off France (5-2) 83-81 and gain the gold medal on Sunday at the 2021 FIBA U19 Environment Cup for Adult men in Riga, Latvia.

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That staff incorporated LSU transfer Adam Miller who scored in double figures in the championship sport.

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With the acquire, the Us residents claimed back again-to-back gold medals at the FIBA U19 Entire world Cup and have gained gold in 4 of the earlier 5 U19 Entire world Cup functions (2021, 2019, 2015, 2013). The United states also has gained 14 consecutive game titles at the event relationship back again to 2017.

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“We battled. We had been worn down, but we battled down the extend and uncovered a way, so I am happy of them,” stated United states of america head mentor Jamie Dixon (TCU). “That is a seriously great France workforce that actually responded, competed and played properly jointly. They (France) are obviously pretty talented and very well coached and have been alongside one another a very long time to my knowledge, but glad we had been equipped to pull it off.”

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Miller, who transferred to LSU this spring soon after his freshman season at Illinois, had a good sheet for the championship game, enjoying 22 minutes. He hit 4 area plans, all four totally free throw attempts and concluded with 12 factors, 4 rebounds, two assists and 3 steals.

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The Usa surrendered the direct at the 8:26 mark of the next quarter after a 3-pointer from France and would not regain an benefit right until late in the fourth quarter when changes have been designed.

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“Defensively we obtained the stops, so that is what served us, and on offense we experimented with to go down reduced to Kenny (Lofton Jr.) late,” stated Dixon. “We did not tackle the force very well, and they had been seriously aggressive and really physical on balls screens, drives and denials, and we did not cope with it very well. But, definitely our protection bought it performed down the stretch, we took absent the 3 and saved them off the foul line.”

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The Individuals regained the guide at the 6:51 mark in the fourth quarter, taking a 69-68 guide all through an 11- operate in the ultimate stanza. The United states held on to capture the gold medal.

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The United states finished with five players scoring in double-figures with Jaden Ivey top the United states, recording a team-high-tying 16 factors, 4 rebounds, three steals and one particular block while Kenneth Lofton Jr. (Louisiana Tech/Port Arthur, Texas) also experienced 16 details, seven rebounds, two helps and a single steal. Miller additional 12 points Mike Miles (TCU/Lancaster, Texas) contributed 11 factors, seven rebounds, six assists and a game-substantial 4 steals and Chet Holmgren chipped in 10 factors, two rebounds and five assists.

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The United states dished out 18 helps in the sport, forced France into 16 turnovers, which led to 21 factors, and outscored its opponent 44-22 in the paint. The United states completed the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup with the most overall factors (665), assists (177) and blocked pictures (53) and third in rebounds (351).

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