Canada will play Croatia in quarterfinals Friday July 3rd
“In the first quarter, they really attacked us. Korea played with extremely high intensity and we seemed a little flat, I think it woke us up a bit,” said Head Coach Roy Rana.
“Changing defences changed the rhythm of the game and in the end, our speed took over and we out-raced them in the end. Our guys responded well and we are happy about that.”
Dillon Brooks led Team Canada to the big win with a near triple-double. The Mississauga, ON native scored 19 points (8-16 FG) with nine rebounds and nine assists. Justin Jackson scored 20 points, while Corey Johnson and Matt Neufeld poured in 13 each. For full box score, click here.
The U19 Men’s National Team struggled to settle in during the first quarter. Korea did not have that problem, shooting a high-percentage early on. After ten minutes of play, Korea held a 28-27 lead.
Canada opened the second quarter on an 11-0 run, scoring mostly in transition. A zone defence stymied the Korean side and led to turnovers. Team Canada won the period 21-12 to lead 48-40 at half.
Defence was the story of the third quarter. Canada shut down Korea and held them to 3-17 shooting from the floor. Transition offence gave Team Canada high-percentage looks and the U19 Men’s National Team won the quarter 24-6 to hold a 72-46 lead.
The Canadians were relentless in the fourth, continuing the strong defence from the third quarter. Team Canada showed off their athleticism with a series of powerful dunks and cruised to a 100-64 final score.
Canada will play Croatia in the quarterfinals on July 3. Tip-off time will be announced at a later time. Follow @CanBBall for updates.
For the full U19 Men’s National Team Roster and coaching staff, click here.
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