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Team USA wins gold at FIBA AmeriCup 2017

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The U.S. Men’s Basketball Team has won the 2017 FIBA Americup Tournament, overcoming a 20-point second half deficit against Argentina, 81-76.

Down 48-28 with 8:13 left in the third quarter, the Americans relied on a balanced scoring attack to rally their way to the gold medal. The win was the eighth time the United States has won the tournament, and their seventh overall championship.

Unlike in previous years, the majority of the team members for this year’s competition was made up of D-League veterans, as well as players who have some experience playing in the NBA. Jameel Warney, who played for the Texas Legends last season, was named the tournament’s MVP, and led his team in scoring in the gold medal match, finishing with 21 points and seven rebounds.

The team was steered by veteran NBA coach and current ESPN Analyst Jeff Van Gundy, who took on the challenge even with an unheralded lineup. His experience shined throughout the tournament, as he masterfully called the right plays, and even built the confidence of his players.

The 2017 edition of the AmeriCup Championships may no longer be a qualifying tournament for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, but the Americans still gave it their all as they wanted to prove that they are still kings of the sport in the continent. The country will continue to be represented by G-Leaguers and even some Americans who are playing in Europe, as the new home-and-away format for the qualifiers will begin in November, which means NBA players will be off the table.