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Golden Opportunity

Updated: July 24, 2010, 7:37 PM ET
By Chris Hansen | HoopGurlz

TOULOUSE, France -- The overseas journey for the USA Basketball U17 national team and its pursuit of a gold medal began three weeks ago in Spain. And after a long and arduous battle with China in the semifinal of the FIBA U17 World Championships it probably feels more like three months.

Don't read too much into the point differential from USA's 97-74 victory over China. Team USA led by just six at the end of the third quarter and didn't stretch the lead to 15-plus until the 4:25 ...

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