Canada routs Puerto Rico to stay undefeated at FIBA U19 World Cup
DAUGAVPILS, Latvia — Canada booked its spot within the quarterfinals of the FIBA under-19 males’s basketball World Cup with an 86-56 rout of Puerto Rico on Wednesday.
Caleb Houstan had a game-high 14 factors plus 4 rebounds and three assists, whereas Ryan Nembhard had 13 factors and 10 assists.
“(Houstan) is only a nice participant and his recreation has developed quite a bit and I feel he’s in a position to come over right here and present a bit of bit extra of his ability,” stated Nembhard, who performed alongside Houstan at Montverde Academy in Florida.
Elijah Fisher had a few highlight-reel dunks en path to 14 factors and three steals, whereas Bennedict Mathurin chipped in with 13 factors and three rebounds.
Canada additionally received robust defensive performances from Zach Edey (10 factors, eight rebounds) and Nana Owusu-Anane (seven factors, eight boards) to stay unbeaten within the match.
“Within the first couple of video games we had been getting killed on the boards, in order that was the primary focus and we labored on that in follow and made that emphasis and it’s paid off within the final two video games,” Nembhard stated.
Canada, which received the World Cup in 2017 in Cairo, will face Spain within the quarterfinals on Friday.
The Canadians beforehand beat Lithuania, Japan and Senegal to complete atop their group.
“I’ve been enjoying FIBA for 5 groups now and eventually that is my 12 months,” stated centre Charles Bediako. “I’ve by no means earlier than gone 3-0 in pool play so it feels actually good.”