Wendell Carter Jr. and Jalen Hill posted double-doubles to lead six players in double figures as the U.S. men’s basketball team earned a 122-83 victory against Brazil in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Argentina.
The U.S. team advances to face host Argentina in the July 13 medal semifinals (7:30 ET).
Carter (Pace Academy; Fairburn, Ga.) had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Hill (Centennial; Corona, Calif.) had 14 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. Also scoring in double figures were Kevin Knox II (Tampa, Fla., Catholic) with 16 points and four steals; Jordan Brown (Woodcreek; Roseville, Calif.) scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds; Gary Trent Jr. (Apple Valley, Minn.) scored 13 andMarkus Howard (Findlay Prep, Nev./Chandler, Ariz.) added 11 points.
The U.S. team took control by outscoring Brazil 36-11 in the second quarter. That included a 20-7 run.
“In the first quarter I think we had to really start to step it up, because I think we underestimated what they can do,” said Brown. “And so they came out and showed us that they could hang with us for a little bit of time at the beginning. Our bench is deep and they really weren’t able to hang with our bench when they came out. So, once we got through to the second quarter, we really got up. We just started playing hard and did our thing.”
Brazil received a game-high 24 points from Danilo Santos.