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Canada earns ancestral U19 men’s basketball World Cup title

Listening to “O Canada” during ubiquitous basketball tournaments has always meant a lot to Roy Rana. But after coaching Canada’s men’s under-19 organisation to a country’s first-ever universe basketball title, it reached a whole new level.

R.J. Barrett scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Canada roared past Italy 79-60 on Sunday to win a FIBA U19 World Cup, a initial time Canadians of any gender or age organisation have brought home an official basketball universe title.

“You’re on tip of that lectern and we know you’ve won it all,” pronounced Rana in a discussion call from Cairo. “It hasn’t happened before and we consider some of us only didn’t even know what to make of it. It’s always pleasing to hear a anthem and to hear it in this context is so special.”

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Nate Darling of Lower Sackville, N.S., and Abu Kigab of St. Catharines, Ont., any combined 12 points for a organisation that had dissapoint a United States 99-87 in a semifinals a day earlier.

“I consider everybody had chills,” pronounced Rana. “Just an implausible appetite and honour and emotion. It’s tough to explain. Its tough to describe.”

Barrett named MVP

A day after he poured in 38 points opposite a Americans, Barrett, a 17-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., warranted contest MVP honours. He went 3-for-13 from a field, and 12-of-14 from a giveaway chuck line opposite Italy.

Barrett, who battled players dual years his comparison in Egypt, is deliberate a world’s best actor for his age and has been a accord tip basketball awaiting from a Class of 2019 for good over a year.

“What we was unequivocally tender with is only who he is as a immature man,” pronounced Rana. “His impression shone by via a whole summer, right from Day 1 of training camp. He’s another one of a stars that only demonstrates humility, appreciation of all he gets. He’s not entitled, he’s only peaceful to do all of a small things that everybody else does, only a partial of a team.

“But when he stairs on a justice he only transforms himself. He’s a really special immature male and an implausible basketball player.”

Canadian domination

The Canadians, who had never played for a award during this tournament, started a diversion delayed though non-stop a opening with a 12-0 run in a initial entertain and went into a sauce room with a large 51-36 halftime lead.

Barrett and Kigab, who were also named contest all-stars, continued to vigour a Italians in a second half and non-stop a 26-point lead in a third quarter.

Starting indicate ensure Lindell Wigginton of Dartmouth, N.S., returned to a Canadian lineup after blank a prior dual games with an injury. He finished with 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes.

Long-term impact

Rana also guided a organisation that enclosed Andrew Wiggins, now with a NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, to a bronze award during a 2010 universe under-17 championship.

Wiggins posted a print of Canada’s winning organisation on his Instagram account.

Former NBA luminary Steve Nash and stream ubiquitous manager of Canada’s men’s comparison organisation took to Twitter to honour them.

Rana pronounced that a support of Canadian NBA stars and inhabitant organisation alum had a large impact on his organisation during a contest and showed how a country’s basketball village is flourishing and apropos stronger. He also thinks that a gold-medal opening has already had an impact on Canada Basketball.

“I consider a expectations are vastly opposite than they were in a past,” pronounced Rana. “We go into each contest meditative we have a legitimate shot to win a award and now saying we’ve had this success, that we can win it all, means that a expectations have risen.”

David Albright Okeke led Italy with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Tommaso Oxilia and Lorenzo Penna chipped in with 12 apiece.

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