Findlay Prep’s Markus Howard had 12 points, two rebounds and two assists Friday as the USA Men’s U17 basketball team beat Turkey 84-66 in pool play of the FIBA World Championships in Zaragoza, Spain.
Howard shot 4-for-8 from the field and made two 3-pointers in 22 minutes for the USA, which led 47-31 at halftime.
Centennial’s Troy Brown struggled with his shot in his second national game, going 1-for-7 from the field and finishing with five points. He had five rebounds, including three on the offensive glass in 21 minutes of action.
Collin Sexton, a shooting guard from Mableton, Georgia, led the USA with 20 points.
The USA shot 43.1 percent from the field — compared to Turkey’s 44.9 percent — but forced 23 turnovers and won the rebound battle, 49-30.
The USA will meet Egypt at 5:15 a.m. Sunday in pool play.