The United States’ Under-16 team begins its expected romp through the FIBA Americas championship starting Wednesday with a game against Brazil in Cancun, Mexico.
Of course, there was a time that Brazil, and other American countries, could give the top Americans a challenge, but that time is no longer. This year’s team, coached by Sue Phillips of Archibishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif., has gone unbeaten in the only two FIBA Americas’ competitions (in 2009 and 2011), and has beaten Brazil three straight times by an average margin of 30.3 points.
Then again, Brazil did only lose by 17 points in 2009, by far the closest game USA’s U16s have played in their 10 straight wins. The Americans have broken the 100-point barrier five times in their ten games, and never allowed more than 54.
This year’s roster includes six players from the Class of 2016 and six from the Class of 2015, including 6-9 Nancy Mulkey of Texas, who replaced Tori McCoy after McCoy was injured.
The 2015 players are DeJanae Boykin of Flowers High School in Maryland, Kalani Brown of Salmen H.S. in Louisiana, Asia Durr of St. Pius X in Georgia, Taylor Murray of Annapolis Area Christian in Maryland, Arike Ogunbowale of Divine Savior Holy Angels in Wisconsin, and Katie Lou Samuelson of Mater Dei in Santa Ana, Calif.
The younger players, aside from Mulkey, are Chassity Carter of Dickson County High School in Tennessee, Lauren Cox of Flower Mound in Texas, Crystal Dangerfield of Blackman in Tennessee, Chelsea Dungee of Preston Public in Oklahoma, Sabrina Ionescu of Miramonte in California,
The United States will play three games in Pool A, against Brazil, Argentina and Costa Rica, and then barring an upset of epic proportions, will move into the medal round Saturday. The gold medal game will be Sunday at an as-yet undetermined time.
2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship Schedule
Preliminary Round Groups
|Group A||W-L||Group B||W-L|
|Costa Rica||0-0||Puerto Rico||0-0|
|Wednesday, June 19|
|2:00 p.m.||Costa Rica - Argentina|
|4:00 p.m.||Venezuela - Canada|
|6:00 p.m.||USA - Brazil|
|8:30 p.m.||Puerto Rico - Mexico|
|Thursday, June 20|
|2:00 p.m.||Brazil - Costa Rica|
|4:00 p.m.||Canada - Puerto Rico|
|6:00 p.m.||Argentina - USA|
|8:00 p.m.||Venezuela - Mexico • stats|
|Friday, June 21|
|2:00 p.m.||Costa Rica - USA|
|4:00 p.m.||Puerto Rico - Venezuela|
|6:00 p.m.||Brazil - Argentina • stats|
|8:00 p.m.||Mexico - Canada • stats|
|Saturday, June 22|
|Time TBD||Classification Semifinal 1: A3-B4|
|Time TBD||Classification Semifinal 2: B3-A4|
|Time TBD||Medal Semifinal 1: A1-B2|
|Time TBD||Medal Semifinal 2: B1-A2|
|Sunday, June 23|
|Time TBD||7th/8th Place Game: Classification Semifinals Losers|
|Time TBD||5th/6th Place Game: Classification Semifinals Winners|
|Time TBD||Bronze Medal Game: Medal Semifinals Losers|
|Time TBD||Gold Medal Game: Medal Semifinals Winners|