Huerter, Team USA lose to Canada

Huerter, Team USA lose to Canada

A balanced scoring effort featured four players in double figures as the US (6-1) cruised to a 96-72 victory over Spain (5-2) in the bronze medal game of the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup for Men.

A day after a stunning semifinal upset over the heavily favoured United States, Canada was never threatened in a 79-60 rout over Italy to win the FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo.

Wiley won gold last summer as he averaged 8.0 points and a team second-best 6.4 rebounds for Team USA's gold medal victor at the FIBA Men's U17 World Championship in Zaragoza, Spain in 2016. But it was a second consecutive disappointing game for United Kingdom redshirt freshman guard Hamidou Diallo, who had only eight points on 2-for-11 shooting.

It was the first time Canada had even played for a medal at a U19 competition. Besides Canada, The USA and Spain have three common opponents as the USA defeated Iran 108-48 and Italy 98-65 in group play and beat Mali 117-69 in the round of 16. Purdue sophomore Carsen Edwards had a big game with 12 points, four assists and four rebounds in 18 minutes.

Following a Barrett basket, Canada led 15-14 with 2:33 left in the first quarter.

The U.S. will meet Spain on Sunday for third place.

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The second quarter saw Nate Darling come off the Canadian bench and provide the spark with eight points in the period, in which the North Americans extended the lead to 41-20.

"I don't think anything was going to stop us tonight in the championship game", Rana said.

Team USA hadn't been tested at all leading up to Saturday. "Nobody should have that many points on us", said Pritchard.

It was Canada's first gold medal at an global FIBA event.

The USA defense limited Germany to 39.4 percent shooting in the game, and just 13-of-36 shooting from the field in the second half, including 2-of-10 from behind the 3-point line.

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