Canada wins world U19 men's basketball championship

Posted July 11, 2017

U.S. plays Spain, who lost 66-63 to Italy in Saturday's other semifinal, in the FIBA U19 World Cup bronze medal game today.

Kigab, a 6-7 small forward, had 14 points, six rebounds and four assists for Canada.

Washington scored at least 20 points in two games and recorded one double-double. The two-point deficit was the first time the USA trailed in the second half of the tournament.

Team USA defeated Spain 96-72 to take the bronze medal.

Canada's RJ Barrett, 17, put on another memorable performance Sunday, leading Canada with 18 points, 12 rebounds and four assists against Italy.

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While always a factor at global age-group championships for both men and women, Canada has always found it impossible to leapfrog the United States at the highest of levels.

Immanuel Quickly (John Carroll School/Bel Air, Md.) added 11 points and Cameron Reddish (Westtown School/Norristown, Pa.) tossed in 10 points. At times, we needed stops and we just couldn't get a rebound, things like that.

Following three free throws by Immanuel Quickly (John Carroll School/Bel Air, Md.), the U.S. took a 53-52 lead with 5:32 to play in the third. And the Canadians led 24-10 after 10 minutes - also because they dominated the glass with as many offensive rebounds (eight) as Italy had total boards.

Kevin Huerter and the United States U19 basketball team won't be playing for the gold medal in the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup.

The USA defense limited Germany to 39.4 percent shooting in the game, and just 13-of-36 shooting from the field in the second half, including 2-of-10 from behind the 3-point line.