After going 6-0 in the preliminary stages of the Under-19 World Championships, the United Stated took on Canada in quarterfinal action with the winner advancing to the medal round.
Canada was able to hang around for much of the first half thanks to 12 points from Florida State signee Xavier Rathan-Mayes, but the Americans would eventually take command and pull away for the 109-67 victory.
Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart led seven U.S. players in double figures with 14 points, as Billy Donovan’s team once again put together a balanced outing offensively.
Once again the United States made good use of its advantage inside, scoring 62 points in the paint (making 61.4% of their two-pointers) and out-rebounding Canada 51-27 (17 offensive rebounds). Canada certainly could have used Trey Lyles, one of the top big men in the 2014 class, who missed the game due to an ankle injury.
Also reaching double figures for the United State were Michael Frazier, Aaron Gordon, Jahlil Okafor (12 points apiece), Montrezl Harrell (11 points), Elfrid Payton and Mike Tobey (ten points apiece). Okafor, who will be a senior in high school next year, led the way with eight rebounds.
Joining Rathan-Mayes in double figures for Canada were Harvard sophomore forward Agunwa Okolie (13 points) and Syracuse signee Tyler Ennis (11 points).
Next up for the United State is Lithuania, which beat China 89-59 on Friday.
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