Kentucky recruits and Team USA provide fireworks in Fourth of July blowout of China

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Perhaps inspired by a significant date in history, the United States crushed China 116-47 on Wednesday on the final day of group play at the FIBA U17 World Championship. The competition is being played in Kaunas, Lithuania.  The USA ran through its group with ease, going 5-0 and winning by an average margin of 40.6 points per game. Croatia was the only other country to emerge from the prelims unbeaten.   On the Fourth of July against China, the United States led 77-34 entering the final stanza, then erupted for 39 fourth-quarter points – its best single-quarter output in Lithuania.  Seven Americans scored in double figures, led by Jayhawk commitment Conner Frankamp with 17. Frankamp’s running mate at the point guard position, recruit  of Apple Valley (Minn.), handed out 11 assists.


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