The U19 Men’s National Team defeated the USA, 99-87, in the semifinals of the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017. The win over the defending U19 World Champion champion secures Canada’s first-ever birth in the gold medal game at the tournament.
“What an incredible moment for Canadian basketball, for these kids, for this team. Great win, now we’ve got to move on and get ready to play for – as unbelievable as it sounds – a world championship.” – Roy Rana, Head Coach
R.J. Barrett (Mississauga, ON) led the way with 38 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists while Abu Kigab (St. Catharines, ON) added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Nate Darling (Sackville, NS) chipped in with 13 points and 3 assists. Click herefor the box score.
“It felt great to watch and support the team. They battled through ups and downs, battled through adversity and got it done for me when I was out.” – Lindell Wigginton
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.