The United States surpassed France by a tight 83-81 in the final of the U19 Basketball World Cup that served as a letter of introduction at the planetary level of a player who promises to break all the earthly rules.
Victor wembanyama, the great pearl of European and French basketball, ended his incredible participation in the championship played in Riga, Latvia, with a high final: 22 points, 8 rebounds and 8 blocks that already place it beyond Earth’s orbit.
The only blemish in the match for the French prodigy of 17 years and 2.18 meters it was his expulsion due to the accumulation of fouls with almost three minutes to go.
The Americans took advantage of their absence to confirm the victory, led by the 16 points of Jaden ivey (Purdue) and Kenneth Lofton Jr. (Louisiana Tech). Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga), who had 10 points and 5 assists in the final, was named MVP of the tournament.
Canada beat Serbia 101-92 in the consolation match for third place.