The USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team faced its biggest test thus far at 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships Monday, holding off Brazil by a score of 91-66 in Prague, Czech Republic.
Starting for the fourth time in as many games, Tennessee rising junior Jarnell Stokes posted eight points and three rebounds in 14 minutes of action vs. Brazil.
The Memphis, Tenn., native propelled the Americans to a quick start, making each of his first three field-goal attempts and scoring seven of Team USA's first nine points.
The U.S. squad once again employed smothering defense to stifle its opponent Monday. The Americans scored 19 points off turnovers against Brazil and held a 13-5 advantage in steals.
While Monday's 25-point margin of victory was Team USA's closest game of the tournament, the Americans still boast an average margin of 52 points.
For the tournament, Stokes is averaging 9.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 steal while playing just 13 minutes per game due to consistently lopsided wins. He ranks fourth on the U.S. team in scoring.
In the Americans' second game against China, Stokes scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting. He also pulled down four rebounds and recorded a steal in 13 productive minutes of action.
A convincing 115-47 win over Russia in their third game on Saturday was America's most lopsided finish so far in the tournament.
In that game, Stokes contributed six points, six rebounds and shot 3-for-3 on the contest.
Sporting a No. 14 jersey, Stokes has been a consistent contributor to the USA U19 squad. He's started each of the team's games thus far in the tournament.
The U.S. (4-0) returns to the court Tuesday against Australia (2:15 p.m. ET).
Following Tuesday's contest vs. Australia, Team USA closes out second-round play against Serbia Wednesday (2:15 p.m. ET).
Quarterfinal play begins Friday, with semifinals on Saturday and the gold-medal game Sunday.