Stokes, USA junior national team to play for gold Sunday

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (release) -- The USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team advanced to Sunday’s gold-medal game at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship by downing Lithuania 100-60 Saturday at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.

The undefeated Americans’ opponent Sunday will be Serbia (2:15 p.m. ET, ESPN3), which posted a 63-58 semifinal win over Australia Saturday. The U.S. previously defeated 71-62 by a score of 63-58 last Wednesday in Prague.

Tennessee power forward Jarnell Stokes recorded seven points and five rebounds in 14 minutes played Saturday vs. Lithuania.

“Lithuania did a great job spreading the floor and shooting 3s,” Stokes said. “We imposed our will on the inside and made it an up-tempo game. We’re hard to beat when we play at our pace.”

The rising junior from Memphis, Tenn., native has started every game for Team USA at the championship. Through eight games, he is averaging 7.6 points and 4.6 rebounds while playing 12.5 minutes per contest.

Lithuania watched helplessly Saturday as the U.S. piled up 72 points in the paint and scored 28 points off turnovers. The Americans also enjoyed a 41-24 edge in rebounding.

In Team USA’s eight games leading up to Sunday’s gold-medal clash, the Americans boast a 42.8-point average margin of victory.

USA Basketball’s men’s teams are 77-13 in the U19/Junior World Championships and have won four gold and three silver medals, most recently finishing with a 7-2 record and fifth place in 2011.
The Americans last won U19 gold in 2009.

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