The United States defeated Australia 99-92 in the FIBA Under-17 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Saturday. The title is the third consecutive championship for Team USA.
Australia proved to be the United States’ toughest opponent, leading 17-7 in the early minutes of the game.
The U.S. led 28-27 at the end of the first quarter. The Americans led 50-43 at halftime and after three, 74-64.
Homestead senior Caleb Swanigan had six points on 2-of-3 shooting from the field and 2 for 2 at the line. He also had six rebounds and a steal in the win.
Swanigan averaged 8 points and 5.7 rebounds in the seven tournament games.
As soon as final horn went off, it was like it’s done, Swanigan said on USA Basketball’s website. They had some miraculous shots at the end. It all paid off. It finally worked out, and it was just great and a testament to all our hard work.
Malik Newman of Jackson, Mississippi, the tournament’s MVP, led the Americans with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Jayson Tatum of St. Louis had 15 points and Harry Giles of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Josh Jackson of Southfield, Michigan, each scored 13.
Diamond Stone of Milwaukee was also named to the All-Tournament Team.
Australia’s Dejan Vasiljevic scored a game-high 29 points, and Tom Wilson added 23. Vasiljevic and teammate Isaac Humpheries were also named to the All-Tournament Team, as was Serbia’s Nikola Rakicevic.
The U.S. is now 23-0 in the three editions of the U17 world championship tournament.
Serbia defeated Spain 62-59 to take third place.