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

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

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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

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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