CADET MEN BEAT ARGENTINA AND CLAIM 5TH PLACE

 GAME #8 vs. Argentina - July 8

KAUNAS,LITHUANIA - In the final game for Canada at the FIBA U17 World Championship, Canada was able to beat Argentina for the second time in the tournament by the score of 84-79. With the win, Canada will place 5th in the tournament with an overall record of 5-3.
 
Canada had a great performance from Kevin Zabo (Gatineau, QC), who was able to score 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the contest. Canada had another three players score in double-digits; Patrick Steeves (Montreal, QC) 14 points, Tanveer Bhullar (North York, ON) 12 points and Marial Shayok (Ottawa, ON) had 12 points. 
 
In the opening quarter, Canada came out on a torrid pace, as Canada was able to jump on Argentina 14-2 to start the game.The Canadian offence continued to build a large lead and scored 32 points in the opening quarter. At the end, Canada finished the frame with a 32-22 advantage.  
 
In the second frame, Canada continued to hold on to the lead, but late in the quarter Argentina was able to go on a 16-4 run to tie the game up at 40 apiece. Canada was able to hit two baskets before the half ended and took a slim 44-41 lead at the half.  
 
To begin the third quarter, both teams were unable to make a significant run on each other. The game was tied at 50-50, and finally Canada was able to pull away a bit from Argentina. Canada ended the quarter on a 16-7 run to give Canada a 66-57 lead heading into the final frame.  
 
In the fourth quarter, Argentina tried to cut the deficit and complete the comeback. Argentina chipped away at the deficit, but were only able to get within five. Canada went on to beat Argentina 84-79.  
 
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GAME #7 vs. China - July 7 

KAUNAS, LITHUANIA – The Canadian Cadet Men’s National Team was able to hold off a late fourth quarter run by China to win 68-64. With the win, Canada will now play tomorrow for a fifth place finish at the FIBA U17 World Championship. Canada will play the winner from the Argentina and Czech Republic game.

Canada had an outstanding performance from Justin Jackson (Scarborough, ON) who filed the stat sheet with a game-high 23 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Kevin Zabo (Gatineau, QC) scored 18 points and recorded six rebounds, while Marial Shayok (Ottawa, ON) scored nine points and grabbed ten rebounds in the game.

In the opening quarter, Canada’s offence had no issues scoring the basketball. They were able to grab an early lead, after starting the game on a 9-2 run. Canada continued to build on the lead and at the end of the first, Canada was up 23-14.

In the second, Canada’s offence cooled down as the team was only able to produce 13 points in the frame. Canada’s defense was up to task as they were able to continue to shut the Chinese offence and limit them to only eleven points. Canada took a eleven point advantage at the half, 36-25.

To begin the third quarter, China was able to cut the deficit completely. China was able to chip away at the Canadian lead and to finish the third quarter, 13-2 run. When the third quarter was completed, the score was tied at 42 apiece

In the final frame, Justin Jackson hit his free-throws with 1:17 left in the game to make it a nine point game. China was then able to answer with three consecutive 3-pointers to cut the lead to three with 25 seconds left in the game. This was as close as China would get as Canada won, 64-68.

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Canada will play the winner between Argentina and Czech Republic on Sunday. To confirm Canada’s opponent and time, please go to the tournament website. The winner of tomorrow’s game will place 5th in the FIBA U17 World Championship. 

GAME #6 vs. USA - July 6

KAUNAS, LITHUANIA – The Canadian Cadet Men’s National Team were unable to keep up with the American’s pace, as Canada lost to U.S.A in the quarter-finals, 113-59.  Canada (3-3)  will play tomorrow versus China (3-3) in a classification game for the chance to claim a 5th-8th place position at the FIBA U17 World Championship.

Canada was led by Justin Jackson (Scarborough, ON) who scored a team-high 17 points and recorded five rebounds, while Tyrell Bellot-Green (Toronto, ON) chipped in with 12 points.

To begin the game, Canada came out fast as they were able to take an early 9-5 lead on the U.S.A. The U.S.A. were able to tie the game up at 13, and then started pulling themselves away from Canada by finishing the quarter on a 13-2 run to take the eleven point advantage, 26-15 into the second quarter.

In the second quarter, Canada was able to hold the Americans to only 20 points in the quarter, but with the Americans playing a press for most of the quarter, Canada was limited to 15 points in the quarter. The U.S.A. were able to take a 46-30 lead at the half.

In the third frame, U.S.A. was able to score in bunches as Canada had no answer for the American attack. U.S.A. entered the fourth quarter with a 78-43 lead.

In the final frame Canada was unable to cut the deficit, as the U.S.A. won, 113-59.

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Canada (3-3) will play tomorrow in a classification game against China (3-3). The time has not yet been released. Please check tournament website for tip-off time, click here. 

GAME #5 vs. Korea July 4

KAUNAS, LITHUANIA – The cadet men`s national team was able to jump up early on Korea in the opening quarter and carry that lead throughout the game, as they won 82-61. Canada finishes the preliminary schedule of the FIBA U17 World Championship with a 3-2 record. The team will wait to see who they will face in knockout round once all teams conclude play, later today.

Canada`s scoring was led by Malcolm Duvivier (Toronto, ON) who scored 16 points, while Justin Jackson (Scarborough, ON) recorded a double-double with ten points and 13 rebounds in the game.

In the opening quarter, Canada had a great start to the game by building a lead as large as 14 points in the quarter. When the quarter concluded, Canada was able to take a 20-10 advantage into the second frame.

During the second quarter, Korea was able to come out quick in the quarter and make a run. With 6:34 left in the quarter, Korea tied the game up at 23.Canada then slowed down the Korean attack and at the half, Canada owned the 32-27 advantage.

In the second half, Canada was able to increase their lead to 54-42 after three quarters. In the fourth, Canada continued to increase their lead and were able to play all players in the game. Each player on the team was able to record at least a point in the game. Canada went on to beat Korea, 82-61.

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Canada will wait to see who they will play against in the knockout stage. They will wait for all the other teams participating in the FIBA U17 World Championship to conclude their schedules and then it will be determine who they will play on Friday.  

GAME #4 vs. Spain - July 3

KAUNAS, LITHUANIA – In the first game of the day, Canada was unable to keep up with Spain after the first quarter, as Spain beat Canada, 83-62. Canada`s current record is 2-2 at the FIBA U17 World Championship.

Canada was led by Marial Shayok (Ottawa, ON) who scored a team-high 17 points and six rebounds, while Tanveer Bhullar (North York, ON) recorded a team-high eight rebounds and seven points in the lost against Spain.

In the first quarter, Canada was able to build a seven point lead, but with less than two minutes to go in the quarter, Spain was able to go on a 9-1 run to tie the game up, as the quarter ended in a draw, 20-20.

To open the second quarter, Spain was able to continue their run from the opening frame, as they went on a 12-2 run to begin the second. Canada was able to battle back late in the quarter to cut Spain’s lead at the half to 39-33.

During the third quarter, Canada was able to keep the game within five points in the first five minutes of the frame. In the final five minutes in the third, Spain was able to go on a 13-2 run to stretch the lead to 62-46, heading into the fourth.

With a 16 point lead in the fourth, Canada was unable to make a comeback as Spain cruised to a 83-62 win.

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Canada will play Korea (0-3) on Wednesday to conclude preliminary play. The game will tip-off at 2:00 a.m. (EDT) and will be able to follow on FIBA Live-Stats. . The top four finishing teams from each group will advance to the medal round with the quarterfinals staged on July 6, the semifinals on July 7 and the finals on July 8. 

GAME #3 vs. Argentina - July 1

KAUNAS, LITHUANIA – The Canadian Cadet Men’s National Team started off slow, but were able to battle back and win the game over Argentina, 80-76. Canada improves their record to 2-1 in the FIBA U17 World Championship.

The Canadian squad was led by Kevin Zabo (Gatineau, QC) who recorded a team-high 18 points in the game. Marial Shyok (Ottawa, ON) chipped in with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Justin Jackson (Scarborough, ON) scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the win over Argentina.  

In the opening half between Canada and Argentina, it was a tale of two different quarters. In the first, Argentina stormed out of the gates and were able to take control of the game. When the final whistle blew in the quarter Argentina was up 25-14.

In the second quarter the roles were reversed as the resilient Canadian squad came back and was able to take the one point advantage heading into the half, 38-37.

In the third quarter, Canada and Argentina went back and forth with each other. For the majority of the quarter the lead was no bigger than a two possession game. Canada was down by a point heading into the fourth, 55-54.

Canada in the fourth quarter built an early six point lead, but Argentina kept the game close and tied the game with free-throws with 1:05 left in the game.  Canada answered with a 3-pointer by Patrick Steeves (Montreal, QC) with 0:53 seconds left in the game. Canada was able to hold off Argentina and take the game 80-76.

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Canada will have a day off on Monday and resume on Tuesday against Spain (2-1). The game will tip-off at 2:00 a.m. (EDT).   

GAME #2 vs. Croatia - June 30

KAUNAS, LITHUANIA – In the second game of the tournament, Canada was unable to dig themselves out of an early hole, as they lost to Croatia 66-53. Canada’s record in the FIBA U17 World Championship is currently 1-1.

Canada had a balanced attack in their second game of the tournament. Patrick Steeves (Montreal, QC) scored ten points and nine rebounds, while Marial Shayok (Ottawa, ON) had ten points and seven rebounds.

"I thought we played extremely hard today defensively. But in the end our inability to make free-throws and rebound defensively down the stretch is what hurt us," said head coach, David DeAveiro. "I'm pleased with the effort, and we'll just get ready to play Argentina tomorrow."

Canada didn’t get the start they were looking for in the opening quarter. Canada was unable to take care of the ball, as they turned the ball over six times in the frame. This helped Croatia go on a 16-4 run and to finish the quarter with a 20-9 lead.

In the second quarter, Canada’s defense stepped up and was able to limit Croatia to only eight points in the quarter. Croatia led as much as 13 points in the frame, but a late run by Canada cut the deficit to six points to end the half, 28-22.

Canada continued to cut the deficit in the third quarter. Canada was able to take better care of the basketball and by doing so, Canada was able to make it a three point game heading into the final quarter, 41-38.

In the fourth quarter, it looked as Canada could make a comeback as they did in the opening game versus Lithuania. With 7:22 left in the quarter, Anthony Pate (Oakville, ON) hit a shot to tie the game at 43. This was as close as Canada would get, as Croatia went on to win 66-53.

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Canada will play against Argentina on Sunday, July 1, at 1:25 p.m. (EDT). The game will be available to follow on FIBA Live-Stats.  

GAME #1 vs. Lithuania - June 29

KAUNAS, LITHUANIA – In the opening game of the FIBA U17 World Championship, Canada was able to come-back late in the fourth quarter to tie the game and force overtime. In the extra period, Canada was able to carry their momentum from the fourth quarter to beat the host nation, Lithuania, 69-63.

Marial Shayok (Ottawa, ON) and Kevin Zabo (Gatineau, QC )led the way for Canada. as they both had game-high 16 points in the game, while Chris Egi (Markham, ON) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in the victory.

"I thought our team showed a lot of character and heart," said head coach, David DeAveiro. "The difference in the game was the way we controlled the offensive glass in the 2nd half, and cutting down our turnovers."

In the opening frame, it was easy to tell that both teams were nervous in the opening game of the FIBA U17 World Championship. With Canada playing the hosts, Lithuania, the arena was packed with supporters and it led to a total of 15 turnovers in the opening frame. Lithuania took the four point advantage to the second quarter, 17-13.

In the second quarter the teams continued to turn the ball over a lot. Canada was down by as many as 13 points late in the quarter, but Marial Shayok hit a jumper  late in the frame to cut the lead to eight , at the half.

Into the third quarter, Canada opened on a 12-2 run to take their first lead since the opening quarter, 42-40. From that point on, it became a seesaw battle as no team was able to extend the lead larger than two points. Tyrell Bellot-Green (Toronto, ON) hit a shot in tight with under a minute to go in the quarter to tie the game at 47-47.

In the final frame, Lithuania was able to create separation as they went on a  7-0 run to gain the 54-47 lead. With 1:41 left in the game, Lithuania nailed a three-pointer to take a 61-56 lead. With 1:17 left in the quarter, Chris Egi was able to steal a pass and dunk it to cut the lead to three points. Marial Shayok with 10 seconds left took a three-pointer that banked in and sent the game to overtime.

In overtime, Canada continued to add to their run. Canada was able to end the game on a 13-2 run to win the game 69-63.

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Canada will look for their second win in the tournament when they play Croatia on Saturday, June 30, at 8:45 a.m.(EDT). The game will be available to follow on FIBA Live-Stats.