Canada defeats Uruguay to open FIBA U16 Americas Championship 2019

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BELÉM, BRAZIL (June 3, 2019) – Canada defeated Uruguay 101-63 on Monday afternoon to open the FIBA U16 Americas Championship 2019.

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Shaedon Sharpe had a game-high 18 points for Canada on a tidy 6-for-8 shooting.  Caleb Houstan chipped in 17 points, five rebounds and two assists, while DJ Jackson added 13 points of his own in the victory.  Canada dominated the glass thanks in large part to Dylan Kalambay who had a game-high seven rebounds.  Ryan Nembhard also finished with a game-high as the Aurora, Ont. native recorded eight assists.  Agustin Ubal had a team-high 16 points for Uruguay in the loss.

After a back-and-forth opening quarter that saw the Canadians leading by just two points, 23-21, Canada used a 9-2 run to open the second to help build a 32-23 lead.  Canada entered halftime with a 45-36 advantage after outscoring Uruguay 17-2 in second chance points through two quarters.

Just as they did in the second quarter, a quick 11-3 run for Canada helped extend the lead to 56-39 early in the third. After outscoring Uruguay 29-20 in the third quarter, Canada really found their rhythm in the fourth as they cruised to the 38-point win.  

The FIBA U16 Americas Championship 2019 in Belém, Brazil (June 3-9) will qualify the top-four teams to the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2020.

Canada is in Group B along with hosts Brazil, Puerto Rico and Uruguay.  Click here for the full tournament schedule.

This is Canada’s sixth appearance since the FIBA U16 Americas Championship began in 2009, with the country medalling in each of their previous five tournaments.

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Canada will face hosts Brazil on Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 PM ET.  Fans can catch the game streaming live on FIBA YouTube or the Canada Basketball Facebook page.

Courtesy Canada Basketball