Canada’s U-17 program kicked off their 2016 summer campaign earlier today with their first exhibition game, part of a four-team three day international tournament in Toulouse, France, losing 86-85 in overtime to the host French team. Canada started slowly but had a stronger second-half and looked to have a chance to knock off the home side but a last second three by 6’7″ Danilo Djuricic would not go down, forcing the extra session. Djuricic, the smooth shooting wing forward led Canada with 25 points on the evening. 6’6″ Ignas Brazdeikis added a 25 point, 10 rebound double double, coming off an injury sustained earlier in camp. 6’6″ Emmanuel Akot (Winnipeg, MB) added 14 points off the bench for Canada, which was missing arguably their top two players in 6’5″ RJ Barrett and 6’9′ Simi Shittu – both Top 15 players in their respective high school classes. Barrett and Shittu are presently in camp with Canada’s Senior Men’s team and expect to know their fates as early as tomorrow when the Senior team breaks camp in Toronto en route to Italy to begin their exhibition tour in advance of the Manila OQT. 6’2″ Andrew Nembhard, who is expected to join fellow countrymen Barrett and Shittu at Florida’s Montverde Prep for this coming season, started at the point for Canada and finished with 6 points and 6 assists against 4 turnovers. Last summer at the FIBA Americas qualifier, Coach Dave DeAveiro usually had a starting lineup consisting of Nembhard, Barrett, Shittu, 6’5″ Noah Kirkwood and Djuricic with Brazdeikis getting major minutes off the bench in the big games. Today Brazdeikis and 6’9″ Grant Shepherd from B.C., a promising big man, were added to the starting lineup. Kirkwood finished just 1 for 7 with 5 points in the game. Canada returns to action tomorrow against Australia – ironically also Canada’s first opponent when the teams play for keeps in Spain in about a week – in a game that begins at 11:30 AM ET (5:30 local time in Toulouse). Here is a recap of the first day of the tournament (google translated):
WHAT A GAME ! WHAT A GAME! PARTIDA THAT !
Second game of the opening night of the International U17 tournament and two hits in one: popular (over 400 people ) and sports with the victory of the France team , 85-86 after extra time against Canada.
First game and win for Australia against Argentina : 81 to 65. It plays “thick” , fast, strong, it is to see! Normal is the world ! Come to the big atmosphere for upcoming games in the gymnasium Mathalin in AUCH . Admission free , on-site catering , raffle, etc.
The program to follow:
Thursday 16 : Australia / Canada (17 h 30) , France / Argentina (20 h).
Friday 17 : Argentina / Canada (17 h 30) , France / Australia (20 h).