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Austin Rivers sets new FIBA-Americas U18 Championship record

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Austin Rivers sets new FIBA-Americas U18 Championship record

http://www.fibaamericas.com/noticiasread4_us.asp?r=ZAFBAQIFEK&t=SWMYGHIDOX

SAN ANTONIO (FIBA-Americas U18 Championship for Men) - Austin Rivers scored 35 points, making 9 three pointers in a row before missing, to lead the United States over Canada 122-89 in the semifinals of the FIBA-Americas U18 Championship for Men played at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio, Texas.

Rivers shot 9-12 from three point range and made those 9 shots in a row, setting a new FIBA-Americas U18 Championship record. He missed his first three point shot with 5:09 left in the third quarter.

In the first quarter Rivers opened the game with a three pointer and paced the USA with a total of 5 three point shots and they won the first ten minutes 37-10. Rivers led the USA with 17 points.

Then in the second quarter Canada had their best offensive performance with 29 points but could not stop the United States as they made 31 to finish the first hlf 68-39. Rivers led USA with 20 points and made one three pointer.

Rivers made three baskets from long range in the third quarter before he missed and the game was out of range for the Canadians at that point. At the end of the third quarter the lead was 100-61.

In the final ten minutes the long distance shots from Trevor Cooney and the dominance inside by his teammates closed the game.

USA was led by Rivers who netted 35 points andn Tony Mitchell followed with 13.

In the loss Myck Kabongo had 32 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds.

Wednesday, June 30:

13:00 US Virgin Islands vs. Mexico (7th)
15:00 Puerto Rico vs. Uruguay (5th)
17:00 Canada vs. Argentina (Bronze)
19:00 USA vs. Brazil (Gold)


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idk who had a better game

idk who had a better game rivers or kabongo

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According to Draftexpress,

According to Draftexpress, Myck had that 32 in garbage time.

I fear Rivers is a effective scorer. What else can he do? Is he a good defender?

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I was about to say....

Yeah, I was going to post something, this kid seems for real. I mean, scoring 35 on 12-18, 9-12 3's in 22 minutes is fricking impressive. Supposedly Kabongo scored points when the game was way out of hand and Sim Bhullar the 7-4 soon to be junior scored 14 in 17 mins. But man, Austin Rivers has to be one of the younger players on the team, and even if he is not, it seems like his being ranked near the top of his class is justified in his play seemingly everywhere. He has killed it in every game so far, and Canada is not exactly a slouch. Not to mention, Kabongo is known for his tough D, and for being to cover either guard spot, so it was not like he was just popping treys. Great game, I would have to think he and Quincy Miller have to get consideration for being near the top of the 2011 class with their play in the U18. Mike Gilchrist and the much ballyhooed prospects of the U17 seem to be somewhat struggling, but those two players seem to be big contributors in the U18's total domination so far. Will be interesting to see what happens when they play European competition though, as they have only played in the tourney of Americas so far.

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Who had better game?

Is that a good question when the final score was 122-89?

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Also of note....

Lucas Nogueira of Brazil, the 7 footer whose profile was recently updated here, scored 16 points to go with 12 boards and 8 blocks against Argentina today and will be going up against the US tomorrow. He appears to be skinny as a rail, but for some reason I am always excited about seeing a 7 footer with potential. Will be interesting to see how he performs against the stacked team USA tomorrow. His team probably stands no chance, but I know team USA does not have anyone who is presumably as tall or long as Nogueira (I think on this site he is under Lucas Riva, or maybe I saw that elsewhere).

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thats cool, i cant keep up

thats cool, i cant keep up with the young international games. we need more posts like this about the young talent in the world.

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Q. miller is the best player

Q. miller is the best player in that class IMO he's a matchup problem. Killed perry jones in AAU. Played with J.Wall in aau along with d-one sports thats loaded. Purvis,JT terrell, d. bello, b. daniels. NORTH CAROLINA LOADED WITH TALENT.

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I watched the game and i

I watched the game and i don't know why DX are saying Kabongo had his points in garbage time. He played the game with high intensity until the end.It was basically a 1 vs 5 lol. Austin Rivers 35 points were more impressive because he did it in 22 mins the kid was like 9 for 9 from 3 point range at one point.And man those 3 were deep!

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I see Austin Rivers as a

I see Austin Rivers as a Stephen Curry clone. They play and are built just alike.

Both are big-time shooters, good playmakers (esp. in pick-and-roll), and both have very solid quickness and ball-handling ability. Rivers, like Curry, isn't a very good defender though, isn't a physical presense and lacks a degree of athleticism. I think Rivers will be a very good player in the future, but he could be an absolutely elite NBA PG if put in the right situation like Curry or Steve Nash are in.

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Rivers is a pretty good

Rivers is a pretty good athlete. He definitely has the edge over Curry in that regard.

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Any advantage he has over

Any advantage he has over Curry in athleticism is extremely marginal

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