Hawes Helps U.S. Juniors Reach Semifinals

June 30, 2006

SAN ANTONIO - Washington-bound Spencer Hawes registered eight points and four rebounds Friday, helping the United States men's team win its pool with a 90-66 victory over Brazil in the 2006 FIBA Americas under-18 championship at Bill Greehy Arena, St. Mary's University.

The Americans (2-0) won Pool A and advance to a semifinal matchup on Saturday with Pool B runner-up Canada. Washington's Lorenzo Romar is serving as the head coach for the U.S. team.

Hawes hit 3-of-10 shots from the field and converted 2-of-4 free throws. He also contributed an assist, steal and blocked shot.

The 6-foot-11 center from Seattle Prep High School tallied 11 points and led all rebounders with eight during Wednesday's 111-64 opening-round win over Uruguay.

In other action, the Bahamas led from the start of the game until there was 2:37 left in the game, but all that really mattered was that Puerto Rico was on top when the buzzer sounded and captured an exciting 79-77 win Friday afternoon. Friday's second game, which determined the top spot in Pool B, ended as another nail-bitter with Argentina (3-0) on top 90-79 over Canada (2-1).

The top two finishing teams in each preliminary round group advanced to the medal round semifinals on Saturday, July 1. Teams placing third and fourth in each preliminary round group advanced into Saturday's consolation semifinals.

The FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Men Finals will be held Sunday, July 2. The top four finishing teams at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship qualify for the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship.

(Some text courtesy of USA Basketball)
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