"Best game we've had here," stated USA U17 World Championship Team and Mid-Prairie High School (Iowa) head coach Don Showalter. "I thought we put it all together. I thought every player played his best game today.
"Coming into the tournament we said we wanted to improve a little bit every game and I thought today was just fantastic for our kids. We got great play from our center position. Johnny (O'Bryant) really came to play today and Andre (Drummond) did a great job; and what can you say about our guards and forwards? It was just a team effort, you just can't single out any one person because they all did a great job," continued the U.S. mentor.
U.S. guard Brad Beal (Chaminade College Prep H.S. / St. Louis, Mo.), who averaged a USA high 18.3 ppg. and made 47.7 percent (31-65 3pt FGs) of his 3-point tries, was selected MVP of the World Championship, and teammate James McAdoo (Norfolk Christian H.S. / Norfolk, Va.), who averaged 15.0 ppg. and 7.3 rpg., while shooting 65.6 percent from the floor, joined Beal on the five member all-world championship tournament team.
The two squads played evenly for much of the first period and after the USA crept out to a 29-21 lead, Poland's Daniel Szymkiewicz hit net on a shot from just beyond half court to end the quarter and close the U.S. lead to 29-24.
Poland continued to stay with the U.S. and with 2:54 remaining before halftime the U.S. lead stood at 46-41.
Fueled by points from four different USA players, the Americas closed out the second quarter on a tear, pouring in 12 consecutive points to take a 58-41 lead to the locker room at intermission.