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Canada’s JMNT Opens Up 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship With Disappointing Lose To Spain

Canadas Jmnt Opens Up 2013 Fiba U19 World Championship With Disappointing Lose To Spain
Canadas Jmnt Opens Up 2013 Fiba U19 World Championship With Disappointing Lose To Spain

Prague, CZ – (BasketballBuzz) – Canada’s quest for a medal at the 2013 FIBA U19 World championships got off to a disappointing start as Canada’s Junior Men’s National Team (JMNT) dropped an 80-71 loss to Spain in Group A action.

With the score tied at 54-54 after three tough quarters of play, Spain exploited Canada’s perimeter defence by nailing six of their eleven three-pointers in the fourth quarter outscored the Canadians 27-16 on their way to a tough opening victory.

Syracuse Freshmen Point Guard Tyler Ennis paced the Canadians with a team-high 20 points and three assists. Trey Lyles added 17 points and seven rebounds but shot only 4-of-14. Xavier Rathan-Mayes rallied the Canadians at the end of the third quarter and also finished with 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting, including two three-pointers.

The Spanish side moved the ball crisply the entire game and continuously found sharpshooter Josep Perez who came off the bench and drilled six of his countries eleven three-pointers for a game-high 23 points in 28 minutes.

Three other Spanish players reached double-figures with Edgar Vicedo’s 17 points and Gillermo Hernangomez rounding a fine performance with 12 points and four rebounds.

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Turnovers (Spain 18, Canada 19) crippled the Canadian offence for most of the game, especially in first-half. Canada got the better of the glass with 31-28 advantage.

Canada will now face a must-win game against Croatia in the second game of Group A.

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