Canada’s U19 Men’s National Team defeated Italy, 79-60, in the finals of the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017. The victory gives Canada its first-ever gold medal at an international FIBA competition.
R.J. Barrett (Mississauga, ON) led the way with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists while Abu Kigab (St. Catharines, ON) added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Nate Darling (Sackville, NS) chipped in with 12 points and 4 rebounds.
“I don’t think anything was going to stop us tonight in the championship game. Incredible tournament, like most world championships. Lots of ups and downs, twists and turns, but our guys stayed in it. They were mentally tough, they believed in themselves, and we found a way. Incredible moment for our country, for these kids…it’s unbelievable to be able to say that we’re the best team on the planet at the U19 age level. It’s hard to express what we’re feeling right now as a group.” – Roy Rana, Head Coach
Barrett was named tournament MVP after averaging 21.6 PPG, 8.3 REB and 4.6 APG. Barrett and Kigab (14.7 PPG, 10.6 REB) were also named to the tournament’s All Star Five team.
Amidou Bamba (Toronto, ON), R.J. Barrett (Mississauga, ON), Danilo Djuricic (Brampton, ON), Jordan Henry (Toronto, ON) and Abu Kigab (St. Catharines, ON) started for Canada.