Goodwin Wins Gold Medal With USA Basketball U18 Team Wednesday
June 20, 2012
Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, BRAZIL - University of Memphis incoming freshman Shaq Goodwin had four points and five rebounds in USA Basketball's 81-56 championship game win over host Brazil at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship Wednesday. It was the second time the U.S. defeated Brazil in the tournament, also posting an 83-64 victory over the host squad during pool play June 18.
The Americans won their sixth gold medal in the U18 competition, joining the 2010, 2006, 1998, 1994 and 1990 U.S. teams that also placed first. In its history at the FIBA Americas U18 tournament, Team USA has a 43-2 overall record (.956 winning percentage), including a current winning streak of 10 straight (5-0 in 2012; 5-0 in 2010).
Goodwin becomes the first Memphis Tigers player to win a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, but is not the lone Tiger to win international gold in recent years. Rising Memphis sophomore Adonis Thomas was a member of two U.S. gold-medal winning teams in 2009 (U16) and 2010 (U17).
Goodwin, who netted double figures in three of Team USA's five games in the tournament, helped his squad pull away in the second half. Holding only a 37-31 advantage at the half, the U.S. picked up its defensive intensity and outscored Brazil 19-9 in the third period to take a 56-40 advantage into the final quarter. The Americans continued to pull away in the fourth period en route to the 81-56 final.
Team USA built a 24-16 advantage by the end of the first period, but Brazil's zone defense in the second quarter helped the home team climb back into the contest and trail by only six points at the break (37-31).
Goodwin shot 1-of-3 from the field and 2-of-4 from the free throw line for his four points in just over 15 minutes of action.
Julius Randle led the U.S. effort with a double-double performance of 18 points and 12 boards. Jarnell Stokes had 11 points and four rebounds, while Marcus Smart added 10 points, four assists and six steals.
Team USA shot 43.5 percent from the floor, and held Brazil to 37.3 percent from the field. The U.S. shot 63 percent from the free throw line (17-of-27), while the host squad hit only 44.4 percent from the charity stripe (12-of-27). The U.S. collected 18 steals and forced 26 Brazil turnovers.
For a second-straight game versus Brazil, the battle on the glass was close, with the U.S. holding a narrow 44-38 advantage. In the June 18 contest, the Americans out-rebounded Brazil 43-39. Team USA held advantages in fastbreak points (23-9), points off turnovers (18-9) and second-chance points (14-12).