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Canada beats Senegal advances to quarter-finals 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup

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Canada Beats Senegal Advances To Quarter Finals 2019 Fiba U19 World Cup

Reigning U19 world champions Canada took a step closer to defending their crown with a hard-fought 90-79 round-of-16 victory over Senegal and advance to the quarter-finals of the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup of basketball in Crete, Greece.

After struggling with foul trouble the previous two games AJ Lawson unleashed on Senegal with a big-time game. The 18 year-old and sophomore to be, with the South Carolina Gamecocks scored Canada’s first 11 points of the game on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting, including 3-of-3 three-pointers.

The hot shooting put Canada ahead 8-0 but the lead didn’t last long as the more athletic and lengthy Senegalese side made it difficult for Canada to score by recording four blocked shots. The two teams trade baskets until Lawson’s buried his third triple and 14th point of the quarter with three seconds left giving Canada a slim 23-18 advantage.

Aj Lawson 31 Points Canada Beats Senegal Advances To Quarter Finals 2019 Fiba U19 World Cup
AJ Lawson knocks down one of his sixth triples on his way to a huge 31 points as Canada beats Senegal – Photo: FIBA

Canada switched to a 2-3 zone defense and forced three straight turnovers at the mid-point of the second-quarter allowing the Canadians to open-up a 35-26 lead. Senegal immediately responded with a 12-0 run of their of their own and grabbed a 38-35 lead.

AJ Lawson 31 points, 6/10 three-pointers

Lawson finished with 31 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists on 11-of-20 shooting, including a hot 6-of-10 from downtown. The 31 points scored by Lawson ranks fifth amongst the top performances by a Canadian at the FIBA U19 World Championships/World Cup dating back to 1979.

Most points scored by Canadian FIBA U19

Player Name Scored Opponent Date
Tyler Ennis 42 China 6-July-2013
RJ Barrett 38USA 8-July-2017
Devoe Joseph33Nigeria12-July-2009
Kerry Litchti 33Egypt19-August-1979
AJ Lawson31Senegal 8-July-2017
Devoe Joseph 31Australia14-July-2007
Dyshawn Pierre 30Latvia3-July-2019
Geoff McKay30Chinese Taipei31-July-1987
Dyshawn Pierre 28Egypt9-July-2011
Tyler Ennis 28Lithuania1-July-2013
RJ Barrett 27France7-July-2017
Mangisto Arop27Australia2-July-2009
Tyler Ennis 26Korea29-June-2013
Tyler Ennis 25Croatia29-June-2013
Trey Lyles25Spain7-July-2013
Ty Nurse25Kazakhstan7-July-2009
David Turcotte25Yugoslavia16-August-1983
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Damion Squire (Montreal, Que.) came off the bench and had his best game of the tournament with 18 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.

Damion Squire Canada Beats Senegal Advances To Quarter Finals 2019 Fiba U19 World Cup
Damion Squire looking to drop a dime against Senegal – Photo: FIBA

Karim Mane drops big hammer

Karim Mane had a tough outing, largely due to his match-up against similar prospect in Cheikh Faye who torched Canada for 17 first-quarter points. The uncommitted, combo guard added 9 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists, including a big dunk over a Senegalese defender.

16 year-old Joshua Primo — one of the youngest in the tournament also played well, taking advantage of his tournament high 18 minutes. The 6’4″ shooting guard knocked down two nice three-pointers to finish with 8 points and three assists.

Joshua Primo Canada Beats Senegal 2019 Fiba U19 World Cup
Joshua Primo goes up for a one-hand slam against Senegal – Photo: FIBA

Charles Bediako continued to impress with another solid game as he got starting nod and reached double figures scoring for the second straight game. The 6’11”, 17 year-old rising big men finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds and also showed some deep range knocking down a triple.

Tyrese Samuel showcased his versatility once again with 6 points, 8 rebounds and five steals. Samuel is amongst the tournament leaders in steals with 13 in five games and leads all forwards in that category.

Windsor Lancers second-year forward Thomas Kennedy rounded-out the contributions with an efficient with 5 points, 5 rebounds and two assists.

No. 2 Canada vs. No. 5 France

Canada (3-1) will now play France (3-1) in a rematch of the 2017 world cup quarter-finals — a game which Canada won 73-67. Canada got routed 103-82 against an always tough french squad in a exhibition match-up prior to this year’s World Cup, played on Les Blues home-soil. The other match-up was a Canadian 84-72 win at the 2009 U19 World Cup.

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España FIBA Campeon Del Mundo

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Scream if you want to go for Gold in Tokyo...

When Spain won the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa almost a decade ago this writer was in London seeing a friend from Seoul, South Korea. From Oxford Circus to the fountain tops of Piccadilly Circus there looked like a million Spanish people lining the streets that all lived here in the Big Smoke (F### Brexit! Multicultural is beautiful). And despite the honking horns and raised glasses it was the most peaceful, beautiful sports celebration I have ever seen. No hostility, just community. A Spanish man fell to his knees in front of me like he’d just scored and grabbed my hand with both of his in prayer. The most beautiful Spanish woman I’ve ever seen in her nations strip and scarf walked past me whilst trailing her fingertips across my arm and asked me flirtatiously whilst giggling, “who won the World Cup!”

YOU!

Just an old memory to reminisce as we begin.

No Muleta could ever stop this raging red Spanish bull.

Ever since way before Kobe and Pau went from teammates to rivals every Summer, Spain have been one of the biggest nations in Basketball and certainly the most complete team. And now even without the older Spanish G.O.A.T. Gasol watching at home in his uniform and with Team USA given freedom by the bronze placed France, Spain proved once again that they aren’t only the most consistent and best team in Europe…but the greatest in the whole wide world.

Right now and forever more on the way to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

This FIBA tournament has been something else in its self. And if this writer wasn’t about to start his own road to Japan he would have been able to enjoy it even more. But shout out to editor Edilson Silva’s wrists for keeping us in touch with the tournament on Twitter.

Even without the power of Pau, or many big names in the legendary legacy of the last decade of the Spanish side (no Sergio Rodríguez, Juan Carlos Navarro, Nikola Mirotic, or Serge Ibaka), the Spanish team still ruled like soccer or their basketball brother team Barcelona. As legends like Rudy Fernandez, Ricky Rubio and of course Marc Gasol cut South America’s Argentina down to 20 point blowout, 95-75 size like Luis Scola’s trademark hair (but what a run of play for a member of the team of the tournament).

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Spain 2019 Fiba World Cup Champions
Spain Basketball 2019 FIBA World Cup Champions – Photo: FIBA

Marc made his mark as the second player in history to be an NBA Champion and a FIBA World Cup one in the same year, although unfortunately fellow Toronto Raptor Ibaka couldn’t join him. But what a Summer for the first player to do this since the Lakers Lamar Odom almost a decade back in 2010. Only a year after Marc Gasol’s draft rights were traded by the purple and gold for brother Pau.

“The rest of the world have been caught up for quite some time”, like Kobe Bryant said. “The days of the ’92 Barcelona Dream Team are gone”.

Now that’s as true as the U.S. coming in fourth place like half the States had a dance recital.

Congratulations to the real Dream Team…yeah I said it.

Ricky Rubio had 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists and no one deserves it more.

Marc Gasol had 14 and 7 in both rebounds and assists.

Sergio Llull had 15.

Rudy Fernandez 11, 10 and 3.

And both Juancho and Willy Hernangomez both had 11 too.

Now what more can you possibly say like reacting to that practice pregame half court heave underarm…from behind the back like a Globetrotter?

What the?

Gabriel Deck led the way for Argentina with 24 whilst the likes of old rivals and friends Kobe Bryant and Tony Parker watched from courtside in a sold out arena in Beijing. Whilst Scola scored 8. Argentina were valiant in the final like they were the whole terrific tourney until they were slain by Spain.

Now expect Spain to control the Japanese Olympics in Tokyo next year like a matador.

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France Say Au Revoir To United States In FIBA World Cup

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France Say Au Revoir To United States In Fiba World Cup

Bonjour.

From ‘Dream’ to ‘Redeem’, call it what you will but last night in Dongguan, China was a nightmare for Team USA as the United States were sent packing from the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

And it was France who gave Greg Popovich team it’s last kiss last night…and Tony Parker was nowhere in sight, apart from some applause emojis on Twitter in celebration.

A year before the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and many teams (including the U.S. and Canada baby!) clinching their berths for the Japan games in this tournament, this tourney was more than just a precursor or appetizer for the main event to come in a calendars time. It was a competitive game of brackets for all or nothing in its own right. Not to mention a showcase of just how talented the world’s game is, their teams and the individual talents of players themselves. If you haven’t been tuning in like the media networks with no coverage you’re really missing out and the point like TP9. From Giannis Antetokounmpo showing just how much he gives his body up for club and country. And the Hustle of Memphis Grizzlies Japanese G-League regular Yuta Watanabe showing that when it comes to the Olympics next year it’s not just a Washington Wizards top pick who will be big for Japan. Call him up!

And then of course there’s former Parker backup and Spurs man Patty Mills clicking and lowing the boom with his ruling Aussies as his New Zealand neighbours do the Haka that could even put The Rock’s ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ fast and furious movie Samoan war dance in a hard place. But when it came to Popovich’s countrymen they just couldn’t pop against France as red white and blue beat the stars and stripes 89-79. Ending a 58 non exhibition game winning streak that Dream Teams have kept awake for longer than the wonderful women’s U.S. soccer team.

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If you ignorantly thought that Basketball had no borders outside America (and really? It’s 2019! Who does apart from Trump? Besides this is a Canadian site), then you really won’t now. France made a statement and those (Laker fans) who social media say that the Walker, Tatum, Brown and Smart Celtics couldn’t even beat France and Kyle Kuzma wouldn’t let this happen shouldn’t take this away from the nation who beat them, fair and block to dunk square.

And besides young to veteran superstars with exuberance and (Rio 2016) experience like Donovan Mitchell and Harrison Barnes respectively and respectfully couldn’t get it done either.

The U.S. played well and will be back to their best next year (but need to bring more big guns and names to the Olympic Games), but France just played better. Much better. From the stifling Eiffel Tower of Rudy Gobert with 21 points, 16 rebounds and 3 beautiful looking blocks from the view up there. Beautiful but brutal as Mitchell and Kemba Walker in the clutch can attest.

“We came here to win Gold,” Gobert told press postgame for a team who wants to lift more World Cups than their soccer counterpart. Between four point plays from Nicolas Batum and a team leading 22 from Evan Fournier on a 50 percent 4 for 8 from three from way back in Paris, this side didn’t even need Spurs like Parker or Boris Diaw. Especially when they had MVP and Knick, Frank Ntilikina. All that side needed was heart and they had it in abundance as France looked better than those Jumpman Paris St Germain black hoodies with Jordan in the A.

And anyone who wants to make this more about the U.S. needs to listen to Brooklyn Net and three point contest winner from downtown China Joe Harris, “We certainly didn’t deserve to win that game.”

Amen.

Let that or Au Revoir be the last word.

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