Iran Comes 15th at FIBA U-19 World Cup

Posted July 11, 2017

R.J. Barrett of Montverde Academy (Fla.) was named Most Valuable Player as he led Canada to the gold medal at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in Egypt.

The U.S. U19 team, with Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie on the roster, was eliminated from the FIBA U19 World Cup Saturday, falling to Canada in the semifinals in Cairo.

Trailing 12-11 after Isaac Bonga hit a 3 for Germany, the US scored six straight points to regain the lead, and following a basket from Josh Okogie (Georgia Tech) with two seconds remaining the quarter, the United States of America had a 19-13 lead after the first 10 minutes. Brandon McCoy (Cathedral Catholic H.S/San Diego, Calif.) contributed eight points and seven rebounds, while Pritchard and Hamidou Diallo (Kentucky) each added eight points.

A day after he poured in 38 points against the Americans, Barrett, a 17-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., earned tournament MVP honours.

Team USA is coached by Kentucky's John Calipari and one of the team's assistants is Colorado coach Tad Boyle.

Team USA hadn't been tested at all leading up to Saturday.

The United States led 23-17 after the first quarter. At times, we needed stops and we just couldn't get a rebound, things like that. The Americans had a 51-35 rebound advantage.

"I think everybody had chills", said Rana.

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

Canada's 99 points were the most given up by a US team since the 2011 U19 World Cup when Lithuania scored 105 in a 107-105 overtime loss to the USA. He shot just 3-for-13 in his worst performance of a spectacular tournament, but hit 12-of-14 free throw attempts, getting to the line at will.