Team USA fell to host Argentina, 77-64, in the championship game at the FIBA Americas U18 tournament in Formoso, Argentina. UConn incoming freshman Kemba Walker scored 21 points in the defeat and was named the tournament Most Valuable Player.
Argentina used two big runs to secure the victory: 14-2 in the first quarter and 11-0 in the third. USA Coach Bob McKillop described the environment as hostile and credited the Argentina team with being very talented and deserving champions. He said the experience will assist the players in their upcoming college careers.
In July 2009, the U19 World Championship will be held in New Zealand and the USA will have the opportunity for redemption against Argentina and other top international teams.