In the FIBA U18 Americas Championship, Canada defeated Argentina 81-57 in a contest for third place.
Canada’s U18 men’s basketball team won a bronze medal in the FIBA Americas Championship contest in Tijuana, Mexico, as they thrashed Argentina 81-57.
Early on, Canada was bounced by Argentina 97-92 on the second day of the tournament. Four of Argentina’s five players scored in the double figures.
Canada originally hoped to face the United States for gold, but Brazil overcame the Canucks 78-77 in the semifinals on Saturday, putting an end to that possibility. On Sunday, Michael Nwoko and Vasean Allette led Canada with 20 points each, while Elijah Fisher and Dylan Grant each secured twelve points. The Canadians’ offense was once again sparked by Vasean Allette.
Argentina was led by Santiago Trouet, who tallied 12 points, and Diego Collomb, who earned 10. In Saturday’s semifinals, the United States managed to defeat Argentina 98-60.
A competitive start from both sides
The contest was quite evenly matched in the first half. With a 2-3 zone, the Argentinians were able to halt the potent Canadian offense. At the halftime, they were even more closed (33-31).
How they turned tables in the second half?
The North American team used its bulk in the second half to dissolve Argentina’s defensive unit. Canada had 57 overall rebounds (23 of which were offensive) and 54 points in the zone. In the final two quarters, the defense was essential in earning a decisive advantage over an Argentine side. However, they only managed 8 field goals in the second half.
The Canadian finally emerged victorious to take home their fourth title in the FIBA U18 at the Zonkeys Auditorium.