CAIRO — Canada has captured its first-ever world basketball title.
R.J. Barrett scored 18 factors and grabbed 12 rebounds as Canada roared previous Italy 79-60 on Sunday to win the FIBA U19 World Cup.
Nate Darling of Decrease Sackville, N.S., and Abu Kigab of St. Catharines, Ont., every added 12 factors for the crew that had upset america 99-87 within the semifinals a day earlier.
A day after he poured in 38 factors towards the People, Barrett, a 17-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., earned match MVP honours. He went 3-for-13 from the sector, and 12-of-14 from the free throw line towards Italy.
Barrett, who battled gamers two years his senior in Egypt, is taken into account the world’s greatest participant for his age and has been the consensus high basketball prospect from the Class of 2019 for properly over a 12 months.
Canada has by no means received a FIBA world title in any age group, nor an Olympic gold.
The Canadians, who had by no means performed for a medal at this match, began the sport sluggish however opened a niche with a 12-Zero run within the first quarter and went into the dressing room with a sizeable 51-36 halftime lead.
Barrett and Kigab, who have been additionally named match all-stars, continued to strain the Italians within the second half and opened a 26-point lead within the third quarter.
Place to begin guard Lindell Wigginton of Dartmouth, N.S., returned to the Canadian lineup after lacking the earlier two video games with an damage. He completed with 11 factors, three rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes.
Canadian coach Roy Rana beforehand guided a crew that featured Andrew Wiggins, now with the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, to a bronze medal on the 2010 world under-17 championship.
David Albright Okeke led Italy with 14 factors and 10 rebounds. Tommaso Oxilia and Lorenzo Penna chipped in with 12 apiece.