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Saturday July 6, 2013Frazier Scores 9 In Semifinal Win; Donovan Leads USA Into Gold Medal Game

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Florida head coach Billy Donovan has led USA Basketball’s U19 team to the gold medal game at the FIBA World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. The American squad posted a 100-60 win over Lithuania in the semifinals on Saturday to earn a spot in the final against Serbia.

 

Florida guard Michael Frazier II (Tampa, Fla.) scored nine points against Lithuania, shooting 3-for-4 from the 3-point line.

 

"I thought it (the USA's focus and intensity) was really good," said Donovan. "This was a game where our guys came out and really from start to finish played really, really good basketball and I was proud of them tonight.

 

"We gave ourselves an opportunity to play for the gold medal, that was the goal and now we'll have a great challenge against a Serbia team that obviously we played in an incredibly hard-played game a couple of days ago."

 

The teams met in the group stage, with the USA claiming a 71-62 win against Serbia on July 3. The Serbian team has been the only opponent to stay within 25 points of the USA during the competition.

 

The gold medal game will be at 2:15 p.m. Eastern on Sunday and will be streamed live on ESPN3.

 

The countries previously met in the 2007 gold medal game, with Serbia claiming the victory. This year marks the 11th playing of the U19 World Championships (formerly the Junior World Championships), and the USA will be playing for its fifth gold medal all-time.

 

Preliminary Round Results

Date

Opponent

Result

Score

Frazier Points

June 27

Ivory Coast

W

88-29

2

June 28

China

W

113-57

15

June 29

Russia

W

115-47

12

 

Eighth Final Round Results

Date

Opponent

Result

Score

Frazier Points

July 1

Brazil

W

91-66

5

July 2

Australia

W

94-51

5

July 3

Serbia

W

71-62

0

 

Knockout Rounds

Date

Round

Opponent

Score

Frazier Points

July 5

Quarterfinals

Canada

109-67

12

July 6

Semifinals

Lithuania

100-60

9

 

All-Time USA Finishes at U19 World Championships

Year

Finish

Location

1979

Gold

Latvia

1983

Gold

Spain

1987

Silver

Italy

1991

Gold

Canada

1995

7th

Greece

1999

Silver

Portugal

2003

5th

Greece

2007

Silver

Serbia

2009

Gold

New Zealand

2011

5th

Latvia

2013

??

Czech Republic

 

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