Canada defeats Mali 91-42 in FIBA U19 World Cup Opener

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CAIRO, EGYPT (July 1, 2017) – The U19 Men’s National Team defeated Mali 91-42 in the opening game of the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017 in Cairo, Egypt.

R.J. Barrett (Mississauga, ON) led Canada with 20 points and 11 rebounds while Abu Kigab (St. Catharines, ON) added 16 points and 7 rebounds. Nate Darling (Sackville, NS) chipped in with 14 points to help lead a balanced attack. Click here for the box score.

Lindell Wigginton, Abu Kigab, R.J. Barrett, Danilo Djuricic and Amidou Bamba started for Team Canada.

Click here for the full team roster.

QUOTES
“Great way to start the World Cup on Canada Day with a good win. We were able to play everyone and everyone made positive contributions. Looking forward to a much tougher test against world power Spain tomorrow.” – Roy Rana, Head Coach

“It’s an honour to play for Canada, especially on Canada Day with everybody back home watching. I think towards the end of the game we picked up on the little things we were supposed to do. We can definitely rebound better, there’s lots of room for improvement but we still did a good job.” – Grant Shephard (Kelowna, BC)
UP NEXT
Canada takes on Spain on Sunday, July 2 in game two of the group phase. The game tips off at 10:00 AM EST and can be live streamed here. Click here for the full tournament schedule.

Courtesy of Canada Basketball including photo

Drew Ebanks

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