FORMOSA, ARGENTINA (June 17, 2017) – Canada defeated Puerto Rico 81-66 in the semi-finals at the 2017 FIBA U16 Americas Championship. With this victory, Canada advances to the finals and will play the winner of the second semi-final game between Argentina and The United States of America.
Cashius McNeilly (Scarborough, ON) led Canada with 23 points and 9 rebounds while Shemar Rathan-Mayes (Toronto, ON) added 14 points and 4 rebounds. Benjamin Krikke (Edmonton, AB) and Taryn Todd (Vaughn, ON) combined for a total of 18 points.
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Cashius McNeilly, Shemar Rathan-Mayes, Malachi Ndur, Benjamin Krikke and Charles Bediako started for Canada. Click here for the full team roster.
“We had a few too many turnovers tonight but we accomplished our goal. We now focus on preparing for the gold medal game so that we can come out strong tomorrow night.” – Craig Beaucamp, Head Coach
“We got out and transitioned pretty well. It was a tough matchup, but we filled their lanes as best we could and played great defence. We have to continue to work and play our game in tomorrow’s final and the results will play out from there.” – Benjamin Krikke (Edmonton, AB).
Canada moves on to the finals and will face the the U.S.A. on Sunday June 18 at 7pm.
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