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Zabo, Shayok spark Canadian comeback victory over Lithuania at 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships

Kevin Zabo (Gatineau, QC) and Marial Shayok, two Ottawa area boys, came up huge down the stretch to lead Canada’s U17 cadet men’s team to a 69-63 overtime victory over tournament hosts Lithuania at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships.

Forward Chris Egi (12 points, 7 rebounds) and guard Anthony Pate (12 points, 6 rebounds) also reached double-figures for Team Canada.

Canada closed the first-half strong but still trailed 38-30 at the break and outscored Lithuania 17-9 to tie the game at 47-47 after the third quarter.

Lithuania scored the first seven points of the fourth to grab a 54-47 advantage and seemed in control until Kevin Zabo came to life and ignited Canada’s comeback, forcing a 56-56 tie, with 3:56 remaining in regulation.

Marial Shayok forced overtime by banking in a three-pointer with 10 seconds left, and Canada put the game away by outscoring their opponents 8-2 in the extra frame.

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Lithuania also featured four players in double-figures including a double-double from Guard Edvinas Seskus with 13 points and 14 rebounds.

The Canadians will look to improve to 2-0 when they face Croatia in their second game of the tournament.

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