CRAWFORD | Onuaku finds his place for Team USA U19 World Champions
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Louisville sophomore-to-be Chinanu Onuaku was something of a surprise in making the U19 World Championship team, but he made a steady contribution to the team that won its second straight championship by beating Croatia 79-71 in overtime Sunday in Heraklion, Greece.
Onuaku led the American team with 12 blocked shots in seven games. He also added 4.6 points and 5 rebounds per game while shooting 72.2 percent (13 of 18 from the field) in starting six of the seven games.
The US team became the first since the 1983 American squad to repeat as champion.
The player of the game for the U.S. was Villanova commit Jalen Brunson, a point guard who scored 14 points and dished out seven assists without a turnover in 40 minutes.
The US also got 13 points and 14 rebounds from Winston-Salem, N.C., high school product Harry Giles, despite his worst shooting game of the tournament, just 4-of-20.
Jayson Tatum, another high school standout, finished with 13 points, and led the way for the U.S. in overtime, which the Americans began with a 10-0 run, the last two by Onuaku.
The Cardinals’ big man played a role. He had a big block in overtime, and finished with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks.
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