SAO SEBASTIÁO DOS PARAISO, Brazil -- Incoming Duke freshman Rasheed Sulaimon scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting to help the USA Men's U18 National Team to an 83-64 win over host Brazil in the preliminary round of the 2012 FIBA Championships.
Sulaimon played 21 minutes in the victory and has averaged 21.0 minutes per game during USA's first three contests, the second most on the team. He is shooting 52.2 percent (11-of-20) from the field while averaging 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
The win earned the U.S. a qualifying spot in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, improved the Americans record to 3-0, and earned them the Group A No. 1 seed for Tuesday's medal round semifinals.
The USA will face 2-1 Argentina, second place finishers in Group B, in the 5 p.m. (EDT) semifinal game. Canada (3-0) earned Group B No. 1 seed and will face host Brazil in the other medal round semifinal contest at 8 p.m.
"Argentina is a really, really physical team. They really execute very well; they're tough; they run a lot of different actions and that's so hard," said USA and University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan. "We'll have a little bit of time in the morning to talk about them and get our guys familiar with Argentina, but I think right now the four teams left that are going to be playing for a medal - Brazil, USA, Argentina and Canada - all four of those teams have a unique style and some things they can hang their hat on and I think Argentina hangs their hat on their execution and being a physical, tough team."