A day after a stunning semifinal upset over the heavily favoured United States, Canada was never threatened in a 79-60 rout over Italy to win the FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo. If Saturday had a caveat, it's that the head coach should perhaps get on the phone lines more frequently with Barrett, who came into the clash with Team USA averaging 19 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists - not too shabby for a kid on the same floor with players two years older.
Additionally, Hamidou Diallo (Kentucky/Queens, NY) was credited with nine points, while Romeo Langford (New Albany H.S./New Albany, Ind.) and Austin Wiley (Auburn/Hoover, Ala.) contributed eight points each.
For Canada, forward R.J. Barrett, rated the No. 1 high-school prospect in the country, scored 38 points on 24 field-goal attempts with 13 rebounds.More news: AAA says 2017 July 4th holiday travel will break record
It was Iran's first win in the tournament as the Persians lost to USA, Italy, Angola, Spain, Egypt and South Korea.
Canada's RJ Barrett, 17, put on another memorable performance Sunday, leading Canada with 18 points, 12 rebounds and four assists against Italy.
His impressive performance helped overcome a double-double from United Kingdom freshman forward P.J. Washington, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the USA.More news: Americans Say Civility Has Worsened Under Trump; Trust In Institutions Down
Following a Barrett basket, Canada led 15-14 with 2:33 left in the first quarter.
Following three free throws by Immanuel Quickly (John Carroll School/Bel Air, Md.), the US took a 53-52 lead with 5:32 to play in the third. "It hasn't happened before and I think some of us just didn't even know what to make of it".
Canada is in the medal round of the U19 World Cup for the first time. Additionally, the USA force Germany into 23 turnovers that led to 20 points.More news: Toronto Raptors re-sign forward Serge Ibaka to three-year deal