CAIRO, EGYPT -- Despite receiving double-doubles from PJ Washington (pictured) of UK and Austin Wiley of Auburn, the USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team (5-1) was unable to overcome a relentless Canada (5-1) team and dropped its FIBA U19 World Cup medal semifinal contest 99-87 Saturday, July 8.
"We got 30 offensive rebounds. We scored enough points to win," said USA U19 and UK head coach John Calipari. "But then it came down to some breakdowns defensively, and the other thing was, RJ (Barrett) had it going. I told the team after the game, I needed to try some different things -- go zone, trap pick and roll, trap him. I kind of rode it because I thought we would figure out something, and that is my mistake. That’s not these kids’ mistake. They beat us to some balls at the end, some free throw misses that we needed to get our hands on. We could have come down and made a 3, and now it’s a three-point game with 28 seconds to go. Anything can happen. But, the reality was, one kid really went crazy, and then the rest of their kids did what they did, so hats off to them. Congratulate Canada, they deserved to win the game."
The loss relegates the USA to the bronze medal match where it will face Spain (5-1) on Sunday, July 9 (12 p.m. EDT). It will mark the first bronze medal match for the USA, which owns a record six gold medals and three silver medals at the event.
Washington led USA in scoring with 17 points and also grabbed 11 caroms, while Wiley, who scored 13 points, hauled in a USA U19 single-game record-tying 17 rebounds. Also scoring in double digits were Payton Pritchard with 16 points and Carsen Edwards with 12 points.
The USA had an off shooting night, hitting just 32.9 percent (28-85 FGs) from the field and 58.1 percent (25-43 FTs), while Canada connected on 42.1 percent (32-76 FGs) from the floor and 72.5 percent (29-40) from the free-throw stripe.
Canada's RJ Barrett finished with 38 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.
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