Gordon Hayward and Shelvin Mack, sophomores on Butler University’s basketball team, recently helped the United States U19 team take home the gold medal at the U19 World Basketball Championship. The US beat Greece 88-80 to cap off an undefeated tournament.
From David Woods, IndyStar.com:
Fittingly, Mack, the team captain, scored Team USA’s final four points on free throws.
“I felt very blessed with the opportunity that I had to come here and be with such great guys,” Mack said. “I had a great time with my teammates.”
Although Hayward was the only U.S. player who did not score in the gold-medal game — he logged 25 minutes and missed his only two shots — his play over 11/2 weeks landed him a spot on the all-tournament team. He scored 20 points in a quarterfinal victory over Canada and 15 in a semifinal comeback against Croatia.
“It’s just a great feeling, a great accomplishment, to represent your country and finish first and get the job done,” Hayward said. “Bonding with these guys for however long we did is great, and all our hard work paid off, so it’s a great feeling.”
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