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Rowan Barrett Jr. torches USA leads Canada to 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup Finals

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Rowan Barrett Jr Canada Beats USA 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup
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In what will go down as one of the greatest individual performances of all-time, and arguably one the most important international team victories in Canadian basketball history, 17 year-old Rowan Barrett Jr. put Canada on his back and torched rivals United States of America with an incredible 38 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists masterpiece for the ages.

Canada’s Junior Men’s National Basketball Team upset the two-time defending champs with a stunning and mesmerizing 99-87 semi-finals win to advanced to the Gold medal championship game of the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo Egypt. Team Canada (5-1) will play for Gold tomorrow against Italy (5-1).

Team Canada Beats USA U19 FIBA World Cup

Team Canada defeats Team USA at 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup. One win away from World Cup title – Photo -FIBA

Barrett Jr. (6’8, 180 lbs/Mississauga, ON/Monteverde Academy/Florida) a tenth grader, who is a month removed from his sweet 16th birthday (2000-06-14) shot an efficient 12-of-24 from the floor, 12-of-15 from the foul line and 2-of-6 from three pointers. He was unstoppable for the opening whistle, scoring 9 points in the quarter as Canada trailed 17-23.

The United States and Head Coach John Calipari (Kentucky Wildcats) threaten to run way with the game in the early minutes of the second-quarter, stretching their early lead and sizeable height advantage to double digits at 28-18 with 9:05 to play. Canada ripped off a crucial 13-3 run, capped off a by a tough three-point play by Barrett Jr. to tie the game at 31-31 at the mid-point of the quarter. Canada’s 2-3 zone continued to frustrate the Americans, forcing the Americans to miss contested jump shots while riding the hot hand of their young phenom who poured 14 more points in the quarter, increasing his half-time total to 23 as Canada led 45-42 at break.

Rowan Barrett Jr Celebrates Canada Beats USA 2017 U19 World Cup

Rowan Barrett Jr Celebrates Canada Beats USA 2017 U19 World Cup

Canada scored the first two-points of the third-quarter on a beautiful back-door cut dunk by Barrett Jr. to put the Canadians up 47-42, from there the USA had one last strong push taking a short-lived lead at 53-52 on three made foul shots. The game of basketball is a game of runs and much like their second-quarter run Canada put together another game changing 13-4 spurt to close the quarter with 66-59 lead and 10 minutes away from making history.

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Barrett Jr. added 7 in the quarter and Canada’s bench stepped up providing a much needed spark when it matter most.

The Canadian lead reach double-figures at 72-82 on a made jumper by Grant Sheppard and game-high 12 points in the late stages of the game as Barrett Jr. fouled out with Canada ahead 89-78 with 2:55 remaining.

Canada controlled the game after the first quarter outscoring the Americans 28-19 in the 2nd, 21-17 in the 3rd and 33-28 in the fourth helping maintain a lead for 23:49 minutes ahead of USA’s 13:13 minutes.

“What an incredible moment for Canadian basketball, for these kids, for this team. Great win, now we’ve got to move on and get ready to play for – as unbelievable as it sounds – a world championship.” – Roy Rana, Head Coach

Nate Darling Vs USA FIBAU19 2017 World Cup

Nate Darling versus USA 2017 FIBA U19 2017 World Cup

Abu Kigab (St. Catherines, ON) continued his stellar tournament with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists. Grant Shephard (Kelowna, BC) once again elevated his game and had his second straight solid outing delivering 12 points and five rebounds. Nate Darling (Sackville, NS) added 13 points, three rebounds and three assists in Canada’s historic win.

P.J Washington paced five USA players in double-digits with a 17 point, 11-rebound double-double, but shot only 9/16 from the line.  Austin Miller pulled down a game-high 17-rebounds to go alongside his 13 points. United States won the battle underneath the glass with a 62-53 margin.

The loss was the United States first defeat since the 2011 U19 World Cup where it finished fifth, falling to Russia 79-75 in the quarter-finals. For comparisons purposes the USA beat  Canada 83-54 in the round-of-16 by a wide 29 points margin. Canada finished in 11th-place with a 3-5 record. Canada’s roster featured Phil Scrubb, Kevin Pangos, Olivier Hanlan and others.

Canada’s lone defeat 78-73 loss came at hands of Spain in the second game of group C action. Italy’s only loss was to the United States which will play for Bronze against Spain.

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Young Canadian squad shapes FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

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Xavier Rathan Mayes Canada Vs Argentina

For the past twenty-plus (20) years starving Canadian basketball fans across the country have asked for more International sanctioned games on home soil.

Finally, it looks like those requests are materializing.

With the upcoming kick-off to the newly formatted road to the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the 2019 Americas Qualifiers taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia will satisfy and quench the thirst of long-time East coast supporters of the National game.

A young, 25th-ranked Canadian squad will take on 59th ranked Bahamas, in a important Group D qualify game at the Scotiabank Centre.

Led by former number one pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, Anthony Bennett (Northern Arizona, G-League), the roster features a strong young crop of former Usports All-Canadians and NCAA Division I standouts. Additionally, a further testimony to the growth of Canadian University Basketball, Ryerson Rams head coach Roy Rana, headlines the coaching staff alongside Carleton Ravens coach Dave Smart.

Point guard duties will be handled by Olivier Hanlan, Phil Scrubb and Kaza Kajami-Keane. The latter two having won multiple Usports basketball championships under the tutelage of Smart. Three-point specialist Brady Heslip and along side confident Xavier Rathan-Mayes will look to fill it up for the outside. The front court will anchored by 6’8″ Anthony Bennett, Thomas Scrubb, (another Ravens All-Canadian) and former Acadia Axemen 6’10” Owen Klassen (Kingston, ON).

Overall the roster looks solid, given the lack of availability of Canada’s top talent due to changes in the qualifying format, and the NBA’s willingness to move aside and grant FIBA the release of its players, regardless of nationality for the World Cup qualifying periods.

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Placed in Group D alongside Virgin Islands, Bahamas and Dominican Republic. The young Canadians will play a home and away series against each team. After the Bahamas game, Canada will fly out to the Dominican Republic for a stern road test on November 28, 2017 to wrap up the opening qualifying window.  The second qualifier will take in late February with Canada once again hitting the road for games against the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. The third qualifying window will see Canada host two more games on home soil on June 29 and July 2, 2018.

Canada is coming off a mediocre performance at the FIBA Americup dropping games to Virgin Islands 83-71, Argentina 92-86 with its only win against a tough Venezuela 75-66 team that denied the Canadians an Olympics appearance in Rio 2016.

Joel Anthony

Centre

6’9″

Montreal, QCFree Agent
Anthony Bennett

Forward

6’8″

Toronto, ONNorthern Arizona Suns (G-League)
Grandy Glaze

Centre

6’7″

Toronto, ONSt. John’s Edge (NBL Canada)
Olivier Hanlan

Guard

6’4″

Aylmer, QCAustin Spurs (G-League)
Brady Heslip

Guard

6’2″

Burlington, ONTrabzonspor (Turkey)
Kaza Kajami-Keane

Guard

6’1″

Ajax, ONRaptors 905 (G-League)
Owen Klassen

Centre

6’10”

Kingston, ONPAOK (Greece)
Dyshawn Pierre

Forward

6’6″

Whitby, ONBanco di Srd (Italy)
Xavier Rathan-Mayes

Guard

6’4″

Scarborough, ONWestchester Knicks (G-League)
Phil Scrubb

Guard

6’3″

Richmond, B.C.Fraport SKY (Germany)
Thomas Scrubb

Forward

6’6″

Richmond, B.C.Scandone AV (Italy)
Marc Trasolini

Centre

6’9″

Vancouver, B.C.Hokkaido L. (Japan)
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Canadian Rowan Barrett Jr. Insane 38 points versus USA

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Canadian Rowan Barrett Jr. 38 Points Versus USA

Canadian Guard Rowan Barrett Jr. goes off for an insane 38 points versus USA at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo Egypt. Canada stunned the USA 99-87 to advance to Gold Medal game.

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Angola’s Silvio de Sousa beastly 27 points, 21 rebounds against Korea

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Angola Silvio Sousa Dominates Korea 2017 FIBA U 19 World Cup
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Angola’s 18-year old Silvio de Sousa (6’9″, 240lbs) power forward is one of the rising stars of Angolan and African Basketball.

In his last FIBA U19 game in Cairo, De Sousa beasted Korea with 27 points and 21 rebounds as Angola closed-out the 2017 World Cup with a 55-53 win.

De Sousa, a bruising forward is the best polished Angolan Basketball player ever at this age and averaged a double-double at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup in Egypt, Cairo with 17.3 points per game (3rd), 13.1 rebounds (1st), 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals.

The 2018 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida) four star recruit holds NCAA Basketball Division I offers from Florida, Louisville, Maryland, LSU and many others and currently represents Angola’s best chance at a future first round and potential NBA pick.

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