SAO SEBASTIÁO DOS PARAISO, Brazil - Rasheed Sulaimon, a member of Duke's incoming freshman class, scored 14 points in the USA Men's Basketball U18 team's 107-72 win over Argentina in the semifinals of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men.
Sulaimon hit 5-of-9 shots from the floor and 2-of-3 from three-point range in the semifinal victory. He also hauled in four rebounds and averages 10.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He and Team USA will take on Brazil in the gold medal game tonight at 8 p.m.
"It's going to take another day of preparation, another day of hard work," said Sulaimon of the team's opportunity of winning a gold medal. "I think if we come out and play like we did today, with a lot of emotion and a lot of pride for our country, I think we have the talent, we have the personnel to do it."
The U.S. defeated Brazil 83-64 in the preliminary rounds, handing the host team its only loss of the tournament. Brazil advanced to the gold medal game after handing Canada its first loss of the tournament by a 66-62 margin.
"What I have told the guys is whatever has happened up to this point in time against any team we've played really doesn't mean anything. So if you're playing tomorrow for a gold medal, regardless if it is Brazil or Canada, you can expect it's going to be a hard fought game because you know what, they're going to be playing for the same thing we're playing for," said USA and University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan.