CAIRO, EGYPT (July 4, 2017) – The U19 Men’s National Team defeated Japan, 100-75, in the group stage of the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017. The win secures 2nd place in Group C for Canada with a 2-1 win-loss record.
Lindell Wigginton (Halifax, NS) led the way with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists while RJ Barrett (Mississauga, ON) added 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Danilo Djuricic (Brampton, ON) chipped in with 20 points in the win. Click here for the box score.
Lindell Wigginton (Halifax, NS), Abu Kigab (St. Catharines, ON), RJ Barrett (Mississauga, ON), Danilo Djuricic (Brampton, ON) and Amidou Bamba (Toronto, ON) started for Canada.
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Team Canada’s R.J. Barrett sizing up a Japanese defender
“Good win for us today. Happy to see a number of players play well and hopefully we can start to get on a roll.” – Roy Rana, Head Coach
“I thought we came out with a lot of energy, rebounded well against a smaller team. That’s how we bounce back – we took a loss (on Sunday) and we had to focus, regroup, watch a lot of film and see what we could improve on. We came out and executed well.” – Abu Kigab (St. Catharines, ON)
Canada moves on to the Round of 16 where they will play the 3rd-place team from Group D Angola on Wednesday, July 5. Game time 7:15am – stay tuned to Canada Basketball on Twitter for more information. Click here for the full tournament schedule.
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