Canada’s tournament comes to a familiar end, losing to the USA 111-60 in the FIBA U16 Americas Championship finals.


Game Recap


Canada finishes second and will take home the silver medal for the fourth straight year.

Despite a good effort from the U16 boys, they simply ran into a superior American team. They are extremely talented down low and on the wing.

USA’s Vernon Carey Jr., a 2019 top 3 prospect in the USA was named MVP of the tournament averaging 14 ppg and 6 rpg.

Canada saw an early lead in the first quarter erased by an 11-0 USA run and were never able to climb back from that deficit.

The USA continued to dominate in the second quarter outscoring Canada 23-8 and leading 49-24 at the half.

One of the few bright spots offensively for Canada in the first half was 16-year-old point guard Luka Sakota scoring 8 points.

The third quarter went much like the first half with USA outmatching Canada in every category. Poor shot selection led to easy buckets for the Americans on the other end.

USA was able to push the ball up the floor at such a high pace that they would be left alone for open dunks and open shots almost every trip.

In a positive change, the leaders of the team Cashius McNeilly and Shemar Rathan-Mayes stepped up in the fourth. Their pride and determination to battle shined through.

McNeilly and Rathan-Mayes made five out of their nine combined threes in the fourth quarter and helped Canada close out their tournament in a positive way.

Canada finished the game shooting 24% from the field, 36% from deep and made all six free throws.

Even though Canada’s tournament ended in a very lopsided defeat, the players should be proud of how they played all week in Argentina.

Losing against a great American team should only help the Canadian boys improve and hungrier to play against them at the next level.


Top Performers


Luka Sakota: 17 points | 3 rebounds | 2 assists

Cashius McNeilly: 15 points | 71% (3PT%)

Shemar Rathan-Mayes: 14 points | 4 assists | 2 rebounds

Paris Shand: 4 points | 7 rebounds | 1 steal

Benjamin Krikke: 3 points | 5 rebounds

Malachi Ndur: 8 rebounds | 1 assist | 1 block

Devon Imrie

Written by Devon Imrie

Devon Imrie is a 23-year-old journalist from Mississauga, Ontario. Contributor for North Pole Hoops. As a fourth year journalism student at Humber College he has taken in basketball at various levels providing National team coverage, high school and NPH Exposure Camps.


2 thoughts on “Canada overpowered by USA in finals

  1. CBF says:

    I appreciate NPHs attempts to stay positive. But this is a disappointing finish to a mediocre campaign.

    It all started with the absence of most of the top 2020 talents, highlighted by Patterson and Hemmings not suiting up. Not sure what went on there and who to blame, but judging by what’s going on with the U19 team, it seems like the lack of commitment, that started last summer with the senior Canadian team is breaking new records this summer with the junior teams. Almost none of the top players in their respective classes are showing up for the U16 and U19 championships. Very strange. A lack of commitment that is worse than any other nation.

    Even with those who did come to this U16 FIBA Americas, I thought the coaching staff did not do a very good job. Apart from a fairly good game in the semis against Puerto Rico, Canada mostly played down and adjusted to the level of inferior competition, such as in the game against Paraguay.

    In the finals, I also could not understand the coaching decisions. Like in other games, the starting 5 were all replaced about 4 minutes into the game and into the second half, a decision that didn’t make much sense and seemed rigid and pre-designed. In particular, it’s not clear why McNeilly and Rathan-Mayes, the only two who are actually able to create for themselves and others, were off the court for so long (McNeilly only played about 20 minutes). This is not to say that Canada had a real chance to win the gold. Even if Patterson and others were on the team and the stars actually played many minutes, the US is just too talented and deep. But at least it might not have looked like a bunch of adults toying with kids.

    1. Ws says:

      Good commentary. I couldn’t agree more. When is NPH or any Canadian media for that matter going to provide some critical reporting on what is happening between Canada Basketball and our bests talents?

      If this happens in the hockey world, books would be written about it.

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