R.J. Barrett shakes the world in Canada’s historic win over USA

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The U19 Canadian Men’s National Team defeats the USA in a historic 99-87 victory in the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup.

This win puts Canada in their first-ever gold medal game at the tournament.

Elias Sbiet, national recruiting scout, noticed Canada never let the USA play their brand of basketball, giving different defensive looks.

“Coach Roy Rana and the staff switched up the defense on them on multiple occasions. They went from a zone to man and different defenses. This is what took the USA out of their flow. You saw that on multiple points during the game Team USA was looking for a shot but didn’t get good looks. That’s because Canada didn’t allow them to play their style,” said Sbiet.

Rowan Barrett Jr. stole the show and put in a stellar performance in the biggest game of his career so far. The Mississauga, ON native finished with 38 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. He was extremely efficient, shooting 50% from the field, knocked down two three pointers and went 12/15 from the free throw line.

Abu Kigab added 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and one block. Nate Darling also chipped in with 13 points, three assists, two rebounds and a steal.

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The U19 FIBA Basketball World Cup Final is set for July 9 at 2:30 PM. Canada will look to cap their historic run with a gold medal against Italy.

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