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Canada & USA Close Group Play Unbeaten at FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup – GoCreighton.com

LATVIA – The United States and Canada each finished group play unbeaten with matching 3-0 records at the 2021 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup on Tuesday, as Creighton freshmen Ryan Nembhard and Ryan Kalkbrenner and Ryan Nembhard continued their quest towards a gold medal.

Should both squads win their next two games, the US and Canada are on a collision course to meet on Saturday in the semifinal round. Wednesday will mark the start of bracket play and the Round of 16.

#2 Canada 85, #38 Senegal 56 – Box ScoreVideoHighlights
Canada walloped Senegal 85-56 to finish atop the Group A standings with a 3-0 record. Incoming Creighton freshman Ryan Nembhard started his third straight game and finished with 17 points, eight assists, four steals and four rebounds in 27 minutes of work. His steal and behind-the-back pass to a teammate was named the No. 4 Play of the Day on FIBA’s YouTube channel.

Nembhard made 6-of-13 field goal attempts, including 4-of-7 three-pointers. He continues to lead the team with 5.3 assists per game and is also second on the club with 15.3 points and 1.7 steals per contest at the 2021 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup. Through the end of group play, Nembhard ranks fourth in assists, tied for seventh in scoring and 12th in three-point percentage (.438) among the 183 participants in the event.

Purdue’s Zach Edey led Canada with 18 points and 17 rebounds for his tourney-leading third straight double-double.

Ranked No. 2 in the world in the U19 rankings, Nembhard and Team Canada return to the court on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Central with a game vs. Puerto Rico (1-2) that can be watched at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW8SiAfbFo8
 
#1 United States 87, #11 Australia 66 – Box ScoreVideoHighlights
A 9-0 run to start the game and a 12-0 burst to open the second half proved to be the difference as the United States defeated Australia, 87-66, in Group D on Tuesday. The victory came one week after a jet-lagged American squad was outscored 78-72 in an exhibition against the Aussies shortly after arriving in Latvia.

The US led 24-16 after one quarter, but a surge late in the second quarter trimmed its lead to 44-42 at the half. Team USA broke free in the third quarter, outscoring the Emus 23-8. The US has still not trailed in three games at this year’s World Cup.

Kalkbrenner had four points, four rebounds and an assists in 10:31 of action on Tuesday. He made both his field goal attempts in the contest, including a dunk in the closing minutes. Through three games in Latvia, Kalkbrenner is averaging 4.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots per contest under head coach Jamie Dixon (TCU).

The US was paced by 16 points each from Kenneth Lofton Jr. (Louisiana Tech) and Michael Miles (TCU), who each scored 16 points. Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga) added eight rebounds and four blocked shots for the Americans, who won the board battle 56-39 and collected 12 swats overall.

Ranked No. 1 in the world in the U19 rankings, Kalkbrenner and Team USA return to the court on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Central with a game vs. Korea (0-3) that can be watched at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Atfe_SXhzGM
 

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