By KEVIN HARRIS
CAIRO, Egypt – New Albany star Romeo Langford and Team USA earned the bronze medal in the FIBA U19 World Cup on Sunday with a 96-72 victory over Spain in the bronze medal game.
Langford came off the bench to score eight points and distribute one assist. The Bulldog incoming senior shot 2-of-3 from 3-point range and knocked down both of his free-throw attempts, as he saw 2 minutes and 48 seconds of action.
All of Langford’s points came in the final 6:15 of the game. He hit two free throws with 6:15 left in the fourth quarter to put the Americans up 81-51. Langford nailed his two 3-pointers at the 5:08 and 4:44 marks of the final period, helping Team USA build a 90-56 advantage.
Purdue University guard Carsen Edwards led Team USA with 13 points along with dishing out four assists. University of Oregon guard Payton Pritchard chipped in with 12 points and six assists for the Americans.
Team USA guard Immanuel Quickley had 11 points and teammate Cameron Reddish scored 10.
In the gold medal game Sunday, Canada defeated Italy 79-60.
CANADA 99, TEAM USA 87
Langford did not play for Team USA in its loss to Canada in the World Cup semifinals Saturday. Throughout the World Cup, the 6-foot-5 swingman has been battling lower back spasms.
University of Kentucky recruit PJ Washington paced the Americans with a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Pritchard had 16 points and four assists, while Auburn University player Austin Wiley tallied 13 points and snagged a single-game, Team USA-record 17 rebounds. Edwards scored 12 points.
Kentucky recruit R.J. Barrett led Canada with a game-high 38 points.
TEAM USA 81, GERMANY 59
Langford went scoreless in his 2 minutes and 55 seconds of court time in the Americans’ quarterfinal triumph over Germany on Friday. Langford grabbed one rebound and did not attempt a shot.
Wiley recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 boards. Edwards scored 12 points.