JMNT MOVE TO 2-0 AFTER DOUBLE-DIGIT VICTORY
The Junior Men’s National Team earned its second victory of the U18 FIBA Americas Championship in as many games, taking down the Dominican Republic, 79-67.
Canada won with a team effort, but it was Montaque Gill-Caesar (Vaughan, Ont.) who pushed the team to victory with a strong fourth quarter. He finished with 23 points – 16 of those coming in the fourth quarter – and four rebounds. Jhonatan Araujo, who scored 13 points and pulled down ten rebounds, led the feisty Dominican Republic group.
While yesterday’s game against the Brazil was dominance from the opening tip, game 2 Team Canada struggled out of the gate. The Dominican Republic grabbed a 9-2 lead in the first quarter, before Canada steadied the ship and went on a 27-11 run.
A third quarter run from the Dominican Republic brought the Canadian lead down to five. The team rallied with some swift ball movement, and were able regain and maintain a double-digit cushion for the rest of the game.
Turnovers were an issue for Canada, committing 26 en route to their 12-point victory. Their opponents scored 19 points off turnovers, allowing the Dominican Republic to stay within striking distance for the entire game.
“Great team win for Canada. Today, our boys showed mental toughness to overcome numerous challenges,” said head coach Roy Rana. “There was foul trouble, injuries - you name it. They had a very proud showing for Canada."
The Junior Men’s National Team will play their final game of round robin competition tomorrow against Puerto Rico. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET.
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