US overcomes Canada 92-86 at the U19 World Cup: Canada’s Bennedict Mathurin from Arizona had 19 points and five rebounds, although it wasn’t sufficient to prevent the US from defeating the 92-86 Canadian in the FIBA U19 World Cup semifinals in Riga, Latvia, on Saturday.
Mathurin shot seven for 17 of the game, struck three of 5 3-pointers over 32 minutes, helping Canada retreat in the fourth quarter from a 20-point shortfall. But after a 3 which trimmed the United States’ lead 90-81 seven seconds earlier, Mathurin came down with 45 seconds left.
Both teams had 50 rebounds, but the US was 46.3% to 35.3% to outshot in Canada.
Mathurin commented through FIBA communications, “We had an opportunity to win the game. “We just didn’t take a few shots. We didn’t communicate enough that we could win. We should have done better to report and take rebounds than to let extra shots.”
The US had a double score of four players headed by Kenneth Lofton Jr, Louisiana Tech forward (no relation to former UA player Kenny Lofton). Chet Holmgren had 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 16 blocks. The NBA lottery pick was planned.
On the final day of the U19 World Cup Canada (5-1) will take third place Sunday against the losers of the semifinal game France-Serbia. The United States faces the winner for the gold medal in France-Serbia at 9 am.