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Team USA, James Robinson Defeats Brazil, 91-66




July 1, 2013

PRAGUE, Czech Republic—University of Pittsburgh freshman James Robinson (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha Catholic H.S.) and Team USA improved to 4-0 in the FIBA U19 World Championships today with a 91-66 win over Brazil. Robinson came off the bench to play 12 minutes for the Americans and contributed four points, three steals and one assist.

Against Brazil, Team USA faced its toughest test in the tournament. Leading by only six at halftime, the United States outscored its opponents 29-14 in the third quarter en route to the victory. The Americans’ offense once again was heavily based in the post as the United States scored 50 points in the paint and grabbed 48 rebounds. Rasheed Sulaimon paced Team USA’s offense as he scored a game-high 15 points and gathered three rebounds in 20 minutes of play. Aaron Gordon provided his second double-double of the tournament as he provided 14 points and ten rebounds in the victory.

Brazil is the first team in this tournament that has been able to match the Americans’ dominance in the post as the team collected 40 points in the paint and 41 rebounds. However, the rest of Brazil’s offense stalled as Team USA’s stingy defense forced the Brazilians to shoot only 35 percent (24-69) from the floor and commit 22 turnovers.

With the victory, the United States remains one of only four teams along with Lithuania, Serbia and Spain to own a perfect record in the tournament. In addition, the Americans are now tied atop the Group F standings at eight points with Serbia, which defeated Russia today 60-46. Team USA faces Australia tomorrow at 8:15 p.m. Prague time.


 

 

Games are being broadcast on http://www.livebasketball.tv/ and live stats can be followed at http://fibalivestats.com. More information can be obtained at www.usabasketball.com or http://prague2013.fiba.com/.

USA’S 2013 FIBA U19 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Date

Matchup

Site

Tipoff/Outcome

Thursday, June 27

Ivory Coast

O2 Arena

Win, 88-29

Friday, June 28

China

O2 Arena

Win, 113-57

Saturday, June 29

Russia

O2 Arena

Win, 115-47

Monday, July 1

Brazil, Second Round

Podvinny Mlyn Arena

Win, 91-66

Tuesday, July 2

Australia, Second Round

O2 Arena

8:15 p.m./2:15 p.m. ET

Wednesday, July 3

Serbia, Second Round

Podvinny Mlyn Arena

8:15 p.m./2:15 p.m. ET

Friday, July 5

Medal Quarterfinals

O2 Arena

TBA

Saturday, July 6

Medal Semifinals

O2 Arena

TBA

Sunday, July 7

Gold Medal Game

O2 Arena

TBA

Prague, Czech Republic is +6 hours from Eastern Daylight Time

—PITT—