The United States Men's National Team's U18 squad took the gold medal last night at the FIBA Americas Championship in Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso, Brazil and Wrentham's own Jake Layman was part of the action.
Layman, a Maryland signee who starred at King Philip this year and was award ESPN Boston's Mr. Basketball in March, made the final cut of 12 at tryouts last week in Colorado Springs, Colo. While he only played five minutes in last night's 81-56 championship win over Brazil, Layman had a significant contribution in the team's 107-72 win over Argentina. In 15 minutes of action in that game, he had 10 points (including 2-4 on three-pointers), four rebounds, two assists, and a block and steal each.
The full quote sheet from the championship game can be found on USA Basketball's HERE. Below is what Layman said about winning the gold:
How does it feel to win the gold?
Oh it’s an unbelievable feeling, we got what we came here for. We worked hard coming into it and that hard work paid off.
It was a tight game for over a half. Did that make it mean more, the fact that you had to preserver for this win?
Yeah, definitely. They pushed us to play even better in the second half and we did and we won.