Huerter, Team USA lose to Canada

Isaac Letoa had a big game as the Junior Tall Blacks beat Egypt at the under-19 World Cup in Cairo.
4 July 2017

It marks Canada's first ever world title in any global FIBA event, and earning it required a monumental win over the US team in the semi-finals of the tournament in Cairo.

Mississauga's R.J. Barrett, at 17 the youngest player on the roster, scored 38 points to lead Canada to the win that ensures the country its best-ever finish at a FIBA-sanctioned global event.

Langford had an offensive rebound as his lone statistic in the contest. I kind of rode it because I thought we would figure out something, and that is my mistake.

"I think our expectations are vastly different than they were in the past", said Rana. "Congratulate Canada, they deserved to win the game".

Canada outscored the United States 33-28 in the final quarter. Getting four points from Brandon McCoy (Cathedral Catholic H.S/San Diego, Calif.), the US went on a 9-0 run to jump back ahead 23-15. He led the team with a player efficiency rating of 23 and added a block and a steal.

With the US owning a 30-22 lead with 7:37 to play in quarter two, Canada went on a 11-1 run to take a 33-31 lead with 4:16 left before halftime.

It was the first time Canada had even played for a medal at a U19 competition. Canada grabbed a 45-42 lead at halftime, and increased it to 66-59 after three.

The third quarter was more about defense for Canada, holding Italy to just 12 points - though Lorenzo Penna worked hard to pull the Italians closer.




Team USA concludes World Cup play with a 6-1 overall record.

The U.S. will meet Spain on Sunday for third place.

"One of their guys - RJ Barrett - he had a really good game.

Again, it was just a tough game", said Carsen Edwards (Purdue/Atascocita, Texas). He went 3-for-13 from the field, and 12-of-14 from the free throw line against Italy.

"From the jump our energy wasn't there".

OR sophomore and team USA's Payton Pritchard and incoming freshman and Canada's forward Abu Kigab were named to the 2017 FIBA Under-19 World Cup All-Star Team.

The other semifinal will feature Italy (4-1) versus Spain (5-0).

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