Prague, CZ – (BasketballBuzz) – Facing a must win situation Canada’s Junior Men’s National Team rebounded from two tough defeats to beat Korea 95-73 and advance to the Eighth Final Round at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships.
Incoming Syracuse Freshmen Tyler Ennis (Brampton, ON) continue his outstanding start of the tournament with his best effort thus far. Ennis paced the Canadians with a game-high 26 points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals.
Ennis was unstoppable the entire game going 11-of-16 from floor on array of drives to the basket.
Trey Lyles (Saskatoon, SK) produced his second straight double-double of the tournament with 21 points and 11 and was key reason why the Canadians scored 56 points in the paint and out rebounded Korea 50-22.
Lyles once again showed his versatility by connecting on a variety of shots, post up moves and his dribbling ability by grabbing the rebound on the defensive end and going behind the back not once but twice followed by a two-hand facial on Korea’s center Intae Park.
Other players in double-figures included Duane Notice who also finished with double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds despite shooting only 3-of-15.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes came of the bench and shot the ball much better than his two previous outings and added 11 points and five rebounds and went 2-of-4 from the outside. Rathan-Mayes is 4-of-21 from three-pointers through three-games.
16-year old Chris Egi (Toronto, ON) also had his best effort of the World showcase by contributing nicely with 8 points and 7 rebounds, 4 on the offensive. Egi provide much needed energy when Canada made its decisive run.
The game was evenly played right up until the fourth-quarter. With Canada leading 65-63 with 8:49 left and staring at the possibility of an early exit Head Coach Roy Rana looked to Ennis who almost outscored the Koreans by pouring 11 of his 27 points in the quarter to outscore the Koreans 28-14.
Canada (1-2) finishes the Group A Preliminary round in third-pace after dropping the opener to Spain (3-0) and Croatia (2-1)
All three-teams will now advance to Eighth Final Round where where Canada will be placed in Group E alongside Spain, Croatia and the top three teams from Group B which features Lithuania (2-0), Argentina (1-1) and host nation Iran (1-2).
Canada will need to finish in the Top Four of Group E to advance to Quarter-Finals.
Canada earns silver at 2019 FIBA U16 Americas Championships
Canada’s U16 Men’s national team captured a third straight silver medal at the 2019 FIBA Americas championships falling 94-77 to the United States of America in the Gold medal game in Belem, Brazil.
The highly anticipated bout featuring the two top U16 FIBA-ranked teams in the world didn’t disappoint — showcasing upwards of a combined 10 potential NBA draftees.
Team Canada kept the game tight for the first 10 minutes and took their only lead of the game at 17-15 with 2:02 in to play, before a late triple gave the USA a 18-17 lead to close the quarter.
The USA took the game to the Canadians in the second-quarter, outscoring Canada 27-15 for a 45-32 half-time lead.
Caleb Houstan (Mississauga, Ont.) scored 25 points and three rebounds and finished as the championship’s second leading scorer with 22.8 points per game. Houstan, a silky smooth forward had a tournament high 29 points to become Canada’s top scorer in U16 FIBA Americas competition — breaking Kevin Pangos 28 point record from 2009.
Canada showed some bark in the third-quarter with solid defensive stretches and back-to-back dunks, cutting the lead to single digits on multiple occasions and closing in at 57-51 of the Americans with 4:34 to play.
The Americans rallied with a 13-6 run to end third-quarter for a comfortable 72-57 lead and put it in cruise control in the fourth-quarter — stretching the lead to a game-high 21 points.
Despite the loss, the final 17-point deficit ties the lowest spread between the two squads in five championship or semi-finals games at the FIBA Americas tournament.
Team Canada has now lost all five games against the USA at the FIBA U16 Americas championships — dropping three-straight gold medal games — 111-60 in 2017 and 77-60 in 2015 and two semi-finals encounters, 113-70 in 2011 and 126-78 in 2009.
Ryan Nembhard (Aurora, Ont) wrapped the tournament with another outstanding effort with 21 points, 9 assists and 2 rebounds. Nembhard led the tournament with a total of 54 assists, good for 9 per game, and was Canada’s second leading scorer at 14.3 points per game.
Enoch Boakye (Brampton, Ont) 12 points and 13 rebounds concluded the tournament with his third straight game in double-figures rebounding and was the third top rebounder in the competition at 10.8 per game. Boakye had of two of the tournaments top 10 rebounding performances with 17 against Mexico and 16 against Dominican Republic.
Both Houstan and Ryan Nembhard were named to the tournaments all-star team alongside Dominican Republic’s Jean Montero — including the USA’s Jalen Durne and tournament MVP Christopher Livingston.
Canada finished the tournament 5-1 with group B victories over Uruguay 101-63, Brazil 90-67, Puerto Rico 96-76 and wins over Mexico 95-78 and 97-81 over the Dominican Republic in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.
The U16 Canadian squad has reached the podium five times since the inaugural, bi-annual American zone tournament kicked-off 10 years ago in 2009 — earning three silver and two bronze medals. Canada lost a heart-breaking 65-64 semi-finals loss to Argentina in 2013.
Canada has qualified for the 2020 U17 FIBA World Championships where they will look to improve from their 2018 4th-place finish.
Shaedon Sharpe posterizes Dominican defender at U16 FIBA Americas
Canadian 16-year old high-flyer Shaedon Sharpe took off and posterized a Dominican Republic defender at the 2019 FIBA U16 Americas championship in Brazil.
With 35 seconds to play the first-half Sharpe shook off a defender with a sweet pump fake and then took-off baseline and dropped a Jordanesque poster all-over the Dominican defender.
Canada broken a tightly contested semi-finals contest to beat the Dominican Republic 97-81 to reach the finals of the 2016 FIBA U16 Americas championships.
Sharpe finished with 17 points , four rebounds and three assists, shooting 8-for-10 from the field.
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