canada basketball, fiba, fiba americans, canada, atbnews

In an untraditional basketball final, Canada defeated Italy 79-60 for gold on the world stage in Cairo, Egypt at the FIBA U19 Men’s Basketball final.

It has been a long time in the making as history was made today. Canada won their first ever FIBA U19 Basketball World Title, while playing their first game for a medal – ever.

The Canadians set the tone early, as they held Italy to 25% shooting in the first quarter. They demonstrated excellent teamwork and the chemistry between the U19 team from the starters to the depth of the bench was evident.

The second quarter was when Canada cemented their fate as world champions, beginning with their ability to break Italy’s press and maintaining nearly a 20 point lead.

#6 RJ Barret, who was named tournament MVP, scored 10 of his 18 points during the first half. He added 12 rebounds and four assists, proving he can do it all. Oh, yeah; he’s also only 17 years old.

The Italians struggled on defense, looking frustrated as they were unable to get stops. Whereas the Canadians defense intensity was consistent all game and at the same level from their game yesterday, where they showed up and upset the Americans.

When the final buzzer went off, it was a moment we all were waiting for.

The group of U19 men surpassing the Americans in the semi-finals, who were thought to win as they are consistent in the basketball world, and then following up by playing an outstanding game against Italy for the championship trophy speaks volumes for Canada basketball as a whole.

This win provides lots of hope for Canadian prospects down the road.

The game of basketball has recently united Canadians on a variety of stages, threatening hockey’s paramountcy in the country.

This win united the country, as the game of basketball has recently united Canadians on a variety of stages, threatening hockey’s paramountcy in the country. The popularity and success of Canada basketball had loosened hockey’s stranglehold on Canadian sports fans, and the future looks much brighter from here on out.

Don’t sleep on Canada basketball, eh!

LEAVE A REPLY