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Basketball: Guyer's Harmon scores 13, USA nabs gold medal

Guyer point guard De'Vion Harmon scored 13 points and was one of six players to reach double figures Sunday night as the USA men's U16 national team routed Canada for a 111-60 win in the finals of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Formosa, Argentina. 

Harmon, who will be a junior this fall, scored 11 of his points in a 49-point first half.  Vernon Carey Jr. led all scorers with 19 points and was named MVP. Harmon was one of three to finish with 13. 

Team USA won all five of its tournament games by an average margin of 57.6 points and has now won gold in all five editions of the biennial event, which was first held in 2009. Team USA has now qualified for the 2018 U17 World Cup for Men. 

Harmon is ranked as the No. 10 point guard in the country in the class of 2019 in 247Sports' composite rankings after putting up 18.7 points, 4.8 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore. He averaged 1.6 steals per game and led the Wildcats in every major statistical category except rebounds before being named co-MVP of District 6-6A.

He was one of 32 players invited to a camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The final 12-man roster was announced June 5. 

Team USA rolled to the finals with wins over Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Argentina. Its largest margin of victory was 75 points. On Sunday, Team USA shot 60 percent from the floor and held Canada to just under 30 percent shooting.

USA was also dominant in the paint, outscoring Canada 60-10. 

STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.