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Tommy Lloyd coaches USA Basketball to gold medal at FIBA U18 AmeriCup

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Add gold medalist to Tommy Lloyd’s growing list of achievements as a head coach.

Lloyd coached the USA Basketball Men’s U18 team to a gold medal, as the Americans defeated Argentina 110-70 Sunday to take home first place in the FIBA Under-18 Americas Championship.

The Arizona coach was joined on staff by Texas Tech coach Grant McCasland (Texas and Notre Dame coach Micah Shrewsberry.

The USA team dominated the competition, winning six games in seven days by an average margin of 43 points (including a bruising 150-54 win over Belize in group stage).

Host country Argentina stood little chance against the US in the gold medal game. After a tight first quarter, the Americans went on an 18-0 run before halftime to open the game up.

Point guard Darius Acuff Jr. won tournament MVP honors, averaging 7.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 24.2 minutes.

Lloyd previously served as a court coach for the 2022 USA Men’s U18 team and has also been a USA Basketball committee member.

Later this summer Arizona alum and Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr will try to lead the USA Men’s senior team to a gold medal at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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