When his classmates ask what did he do for summer vacation, Cox Mill High rising junior Wendell Moore will have quite the story to tell.
Moore earned a spot on the USA Basketball U16 national team, and the Americans won a gold medal Sunday at the FIBA U16 Americas international tournament. It was the fifth straight USA win in the event. Moore and the Americans beat Canada 111-60.
Holding Canada to just 29.6 percent shooting, USA shot 60.0 percent from the field. But Canada did manage to do something to the Americans that no other team could at the five-game tournament:
Get a lead.
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Canada hit a pair of 3-pointers, sandwiching a Zion Harmon 3-pointer for the Americans, and held a 6-3 edge to open the game. However, following a pair of free throws from Moore -- plus a Moore steal and layup -- the Americans took the lead for good 7-6. Moore’s spurt kicked off an 11-0 run that led the blowout.
"It never gets old," said USA U16 head coach Don Showalter, who has directed all five of USA Basketball's U16 National Teams. "We had a great game plan. (USA assistant coaches) Scott Fitch and Stan Waterman did a fantastic job on the scout. Our kids just executed it to perfection, and I think it showed in the way we started out tonight."
Moore -- considered the No. 1 recruit in North Carolina for the class of 2019 -- finished with seven points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists.