Incoming UT freshmen, Jarrett Allen and James Banks, along with head coach Shaka Smart helped lead Team USA to an 88-48 semifinal win over Brazil at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile on Friday night.
Jarrett Allen recorded a double-double while James Banks had a game-high five blocks as the team is now set to face Canada in the gold-medal game on Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
Allen, who got the start, scored 14 points on 5 of 10 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds in his 19 minutes. Banks had nine boards in addition to two points in 14 minutes.
Canada hasn’t lost a game either in the tournament and defeated Puerto Rico 83-66 to reach Saturday’s gold-medal game. Lindell Wigginton scored 22 points to lead Canada.
The Americans have already earned a qualifying berth for the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship.
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