The United States needed all the star talent they had, and it was still just barely enough to win the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2021 – withstanding a valiant effort by France for an 83-81 victory to repeat as champions.
After a tight battle all game, United States used an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter to gain control and lock up their eighth FIBA U19 World Cup crown out of 15 editions. By reaching the Final, France had already achieved their best-ever result in this competition after taking third place in 2007 and 2019.
Chet Holmgren of the United States was named TISSOT MVP and headed the All-Star Five. He was joined there by USA teammate Jaden Ivey, France’s Victor Wembanyama, Zach Edey of Canada, and Serbia’s Nikola Jovic.