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Brazil ends Canada’s Junior national team hopes of Gold at 2012 U18 FIBA Americas

Canada’s rising trio of Andrew Wiggins Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Trey Lyles combined effort not enough as Junior national team falls to Brazil at 2012 U18 FIBA Americas.

Canada's rising trio of Andrew Wiggins Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Trey Lyles combined effort not enough as Junior national team falls to Brazil at 2012 U18 FIBA Americas.

Canada’s Junior men’s national basketball team came up just short in their quest for a Gold Medal at 2012 U18 FIBA Americas Championships, bowing out to Brazil 66-62 in the second semi-final.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes had the hot hand for Team Canada pouring in a game-high 21 points including 3-of-9 from downtown.

Andrew Wiggins played well in stretches, specially down the wire, and finished with 17 points and seven rebounds. Tournament MVP candidate Trey Lyles came up one-point shy of his fourth straight double-double with 9 points, 15 rebounds.

Brazil’s Deryk Ramos torched Canada with 18 smooth points including the final nail in the coffin, a three-point bomb with one minute left in the game to stretch the lead to 65-60 after Canada cut the margin to just two points.

Lucas Dias Silva, a 16-year-old center carved up Canada on the inside and outside with an impressive 15 points and 9 rebound effort. The Brazilian youngster stretched the defense and knocked down 3-of-4 shots from three-point range.

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Team Canada will now play Argentina for the Bronze Medal. The USA and Brazil will meet in the Finals.

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