No one expected the U16 El Salvadoran team to beat the U16 American team. The population of the U.S. is 50 times that of El Salvador, millions of dollars more are pumped into the U.S.A. basketball system, and the U.S.A.’s U16 women’s team has secured the gold medal in the FIBA championship in 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2017 and are now 25-1 in FIBA championship action.
But, if Danny O’Shea could beat his athletically superior older brother, Kevin, down Cherry Hill, then it’s conceivable that the El Salvadoran team could shock the world in the opener of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Chile on Monday.
Even if a picture
says a thousand words scores 1,000 points.
This went actually how you thought it’d go. The U.S. used their size advantage to score 70 points in the paint, CBS Sports reports, and Londynn Jones’ game-high 21 points could have beaten El Salvador alone.
The final score:
The highlights are….lopsided.
El Salvador should hold their heads high. The following day, the USA beat up on Chile by a score of 109-44.
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