The gold medal game was played before a partisan, standing-room only crowd whose energies helped propel Argentina to a 20-11 early lead and a halftime margin of 35-28.
The U.S.A. cut the second half deficit to five, 39-34, but was unable to get any closer as Argentina answered any charge with one of their own.
Kemba Walker led all scorers with 21 points and added seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal in 36 minutes of play.
Walker averaged 13.4 points, 5.0 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals throughout the five-game event. Asked to sum up his international play experience, which started on July 1st and ended 17 days later, Walker said:
- "I think we did a pretty good job. We made it to the championship, we played as a team throughout the whole tournament. To be together 18 days, I think we did an excellent job. That team's been together for two years and they outplayed us. But we're going to come back next year and try to get it done."
The other NYC area player on the national team, rising senior shooting guard Dominic Cheek from St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, N.J., had five points and five boards in 18 minutes of the finale. He averaged 5.2 points and 2.4 rebounds.
The USA U18 FIBA Americas record is now 33-2. Canada took the bronze medal via an 83-68 win over Puerto Rico.