June 19, 2012
SAO SEBASTIÁO DOS PARAISO, Brazil - Incoming freshman forward Jake Layman scored 10 points, grabbed four rebounds and added two assists as the USA dropped Argentina 107-72 Tuesday afternoon in the semifinals of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men in Sao Sebastiáo dos Paraiso, Brazil.
Layman shot 3-for-6 from the field, 2-for-4 from behind-the-arc, and added a steal and a blocked shot. After Tuesday night's performance, Layman ranks fifth on the team in scoring averaging 9.5 points per game.
It is the second time in the last three games Layman has scored in double figures. Against Mexico on Sunday, Layman led all scorers with a game-high 18 points as the USA dominated Mexico 110-59.
The USA improved to 4-0 in the competition and advanced to Wednesday's gold medal game. The gold medal contest will be a rematch of Monday's USA-Brazil game, a game in which the USA walked away with an 83-64 victory. Brazil advanced after handing Canada its first loss of the tournament by a 66-62 margin.
Eight teams are competing in the 2012 U18 Americas zone qualifier, including the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S., Canada, Brazil and Argentina each earned a qualifying berth in next summer's 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship.
Layman, a 6-foot-8 forward from King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham, Mass., averaged 26.5 points, 15 rebounds and 5.8 blocks a game his senior season. He signed a financial aid agreement with Maryland in November of 2011.