USA stays dominant in Prague
by UTSPORTS.COM
Jul 03, 2013 | 426 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team continued showcasing its dominance at 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships Tuesday, fending off a talented Australia squad 94-51 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Team USA (5-0) concludes second-round play Wednesday against Serbia (2:15 p.m. ET). Quarterfinal play begins Friday, with semifinals on Saturday and the gold-medal game Sunday. Free live stats for every game at the U19 championship are available at: www.prague2013.fiba.com

Tennessee rising junior Jarnell Stokes started but played only seven minutes in the first half due to foul trouble. His final stat line included seven points, five rebounds and a steal in 10 minutes of action.

“We played a very good team (Tuesday),” Stokes said after the game. But luckily we probably played our best all-around game. We dictated tempo for almost the entire game.”

The Memphis native was 3-of-4 from the field Tuesday and is now shooting .704 at the championship (19 of 27).

For the tournament, Stokes is averaging 7.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 steal while playing just 12.6 minutes per game.

The U.S. held a commanding 55-20 lead at the half, at which point they had outscored Australia 36-8 in the paint. The Americans committed just two first-half turnovers.

Team USA ended up out-rebounding the Australians 42-32 and owning a 68-24 advantage in points-in-the-paint. The U.S. squad finished with only eight turnovers, while forcing 23 (which led to 26 points).