Jun 22, 2014 11:11 PM by Posted by Greg Smith

USA advances to semifinals unbeaten after defeating rival Argentina

The 2014 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team (3-0) led wire-to-wire in a 118-64 victory over Argentina (2-1) to close preliminary round play at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship on Sunday night at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. With the win, which was paced by Jalen Brunson's (Adlai E. Stevenson H.S./Lincolnshire, Ill.) 16 points, the U.S. advances to the medal semifinals as the top team out of Group B and will face Dominican Republic (2-1), the second place team from Group A, in the June 23 medal semifinals at 5:30 p.m. (MDT). In the first medal semifinal contest Canada (0-3), the No. 1 seed from Group A, will play Argentina at 3:15 p.m. (MDT) for the right to advance to the June 24 gold medal game.

All games are being streamed live online by FIBA Americas and can be viewed via fibaamericas.com or YouTube/fibaamericas.

All four medal semifinal teams earned a berth to the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship, which will be hosted by Greece.

For the third time in as many games, all available U.S. team members scored, including six in double digits and nine with eight or more points. In addition to Brunson, who also dished out six assists; Tyler Lydon (New Hampton School/ Elizaville, N.Y.) scored 14, 12 of which came in the first half; Allonzo Trier (Montrose Christian/Seattle, Wash.) and Justise Winslow (St. John's School/Houston, Texas) scored 13 points apiece; Jaylen Brown (Wheeler H.S./Alpharetta, Ga.) and Luke Kennard (Franklin H.S./Franklin, Ohio) chipped in 10 each; while Chase Jeter (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.) added nine points and Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.) and Stephen Zimmerman (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.) contributed eight points each.

A pair of USA Basketball veterans, Jones and Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S./Fullerton, Calif.) connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to put the North Americans up 6-0 to start the contest. Following an Argentine lay-in, Johnson scored four more points in 7-0 USA run and with a little over three minutes expired, the USA's lead reached double digits, 13-2. With the score standing 16-6, the USA strung together a 16-2 run to put the game virtually out of reach, 32-8, with 1:33 left in the first quarter.



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