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Thursday June 21, 2012Donovan Leads USA Basketball to Gold at U18 FIBA Americas

Gainesville, Fla.

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Florida men’s basketball head coach Billy Donovan led USA Basketball to a gold medal in the 2012 U18 FIBA Americas championship, capping a 5-0 record with an 81-56 win over Brazil in the gold medal game Wednesday evening in Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso, Brazil.


“I told our guys after that they’re the ones that made it all possible,” Donovan told “There was a lot of sacrifice. We had a lot of good players and I think they all understood that they all could probably score more, they all could probably do more, but maybe it wouldn’t be the best thing for our team. I was just really proud of the way they sacrificed for one another, they sacrificed for our country and they really wanted to win.


“If it wasn’t for those guys as the head coach and one of the coaches who was part of this I would have never and the chance to experience this. So I got the chance to experience something I’ve never experience in my life and I owe a lot to those guys. When you have them for three days of tryouts and a week and you have to play in this type of competition you never know how it’s going to go and I thought they did a terrific job.”


The USA held a six-point halftime lead in the game before breaking it open in the second half. It was the second time the Americans defeated Brazil in a three-day span, as the teams closed group play facing off. The top four teams from the event – USA, Brazil, Canada and Argentina – earned a spot in the 2013 U19 World Championships. Serving as assistants at the event were VCU head coach and former Gator assistant Shaka Smart and Gonzaga head coach Mark Few. Florida athletic trainer Dave Werner served as the USA trainer for the tournament.


USA Basketball Results at U18 FIBA Americas (5-0)

Preliminary Round

June 16

U.S. Virgin Islands


June 17



June 19




June 20



Gold Medal Game

June 21




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