Canada settles for 4th place at U17 Worlds

Puerto Rico 90, Canada 77… The Puerto Ricans pulled away in the second half showing more energy and scrap to relegate Canada to a fourth-place finish at the FIBA U17 World championships in Argentina.  Canada allowed their opponents to shoot 30 for 50 from inside the arc and 48% overall, getting beat in transition and generally not guarding the ball very well.

Canada allowed 210 points in the final two most important games of the tournament allowing PR and USA to shoot a combined 71-118 (60%) from inside the arc and Canada allowed 52 offensive rebounds in the final three games of the tournament.

6’6″ Addison Patterson had a Canadian-tournament-high 31 points on 12-21 shooting from the floor and added 7 rebounds but turned it over 5 times, part of 21 turnover game for Canada.  6’3″ Cashius McNeilly added 17 for Canada, going 3-7 from downtown while 6’7″ Ben Krikke added 14 points on 4-6 from the field.  Canada shot 7-23 from beyond the arc including 6’4″ Luka Sakota‘s 2-2.

Canada’s point guard tandem of 5’11” Shemar Rathan-Mayes and 6’1″ Keeshawn Barthelemy combined to go 1-10 from the floor including 1-8 from three for 4 points.  Both Patterson and Rathan-Mayes fouled out of the game.

Canada finishes the tournament at 4-2.

Next international action for Canadian men is in September when round two of the World Cup 2019 qualifying round begins as Canada hosts Brazil in Montreal.


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