UT’s Stokes sparks USA U19 victory
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The USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team faced its biggest test thus far at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships Monday, holding off Brazil by a score of 91-66 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The U.S. (4-0) returns to the court today against Australia at 2:15 p.m. ET.

Starting for the fourth time in as many games, Tennessee rising junior Jarnell Stokes posted eight points and three rebounds in 14 minutes of action vs. Brazil.

The Memphis native propelled the Americans to a quick start, making each of his first three field-goal attempts and scoring seven of Team USA’s first nine points.

For the tournament, Stokes is averaging 9.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 steal while playing just 13 minutes per game due to consistently lopsided wins.

While Monday’s 25-point margin of victory was Team USA’s closest game of the tournament, the Americans still boast an average margin of 52 points.

The U.S. squad once again employed smothering defense to stifle its opponent Monday. The Americans scored 19 points off turnovers against Brazil and held a 13-5 advantage in steals.

Following Tuesday’s contest vs. Australia, Team USA closes out second-round play against Serbia Wednesday (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 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship are available at www.prague2013.fiba.com.