Nembhard and Kalkbrenner Help Teams to Wins in FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup Openers – GoCreighton.com - Techy Hunters

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Nembhard and Kalkbrenner Help Teams to Wins in FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup Openers – GoCreighton.com

LATVIA – Creighton freshmen Ryan Nembhard and Ryan Kalkbrenner each helped their teams open play with a victory at the 2021 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup on Saturday in Latvia.

#2 Canada 80, #5 Lithuania 71 – Box ScoreVideoHighlights
Ryan Nembhard came through in the clutch to help Team Canada open with an 80-71 victory vs. Lithuania.

Canada trailed 42-32 at the half and by as much as 14 (50-36) before a rally late in the third quarter that trimmed the Lithuania lead to 55-51 heading to the fourth quarter. That spurt included Nembhard’s first basket of the game with 2:00 to play in the third quarter that brought Canada within nine (55-46).

The Canadians would finally retake the lead with roughly 7:00 to play, and Nembhard’s layup with 5:53 remaining pushed the lead to 59-56. That play was a harbinger of things to come, as the incoming Bluejay point guard took over the game with 12 of Canada’s 15 points in the final 2:48.  The stretch run included three free throws with 2:48 left to make it 68-64 and a three-pointer from the top of the key with 2:18 remaining to stretch the lead to 71-66. He would add a driving lay-up with 1:10 left to make it 74-66, then sink a floater with just under a minute left to make it 76-69. He capped off the win with a dunk with 1.5 seconds left.

For the game, Nembhard tied for the team lead with 18 points and three assists in 31 minutes of action. He also added three rebounds and a steal while making 6-of-16 field goal attempts and 5-of-5 free throws. Lithuania entered the game ranked No. 5 in the world and had beaten Canada in three straight meetings by an average of 20 points.

“This was the perfect first game for us,” Canada head coach Paul Weir said. “We were challenged by a great opponent in Lithuania and it tested our team in many ways. To fight back and earn this victory is a great testament to a terrific group of players and staff I feel blessed to be leading right now.”

Michigan-bound Caleb Houstan, Nembhard’s teammate at Montverde Academy last season, also scored 18 points. Purdue big man Zach Edey had 12 points and 16 rebounds in the contest.

Ranked No. 2 in the world in the U19 rankings, Nembhard and Team Canada return to the court on Sunday morning at 4 a.m. Central with a game vs. Japan that can be watched at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1eg7M95C0Q.  
 
#1 United States 83, #6 Turkey 54 – Box ScoreVideoHighlights
The United States raced to an 11-0 lead and never trailed while opening World Cup play with an 83-54 win vs. Turkey.

Kalkbrenner finished with six points and one rebound in 11 minutes of action. He made 2-of-5 shots from the floor and 2-of-3 free throws. His first basket came off an alley-oop from Kennedy Chandler that he laid off the glass to make it 33-15 midway through the second quarter. His other hoop came with an old-fashioned three-point play with 1:34 remaining in the third quarter.

Incoming Purdue freshman Jaden Ivey led the US with 21 points, while Gonzaga-bound Chet Holmgren added 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks.

The US led 29-9 after one quarter and grew that margin to 46-20 at the half and 63-38 after three quarters.

Turkey entered the game ranked No. 6 in the world at the U19 level.

Ranked No. 1 in the world in the U19 rankings, Kalkbrenner and Team USA return to the court on Sunday morning at 12:30 p.m. Central with a game vs. Mali that can be watched at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j37zVoncx7k&list=PLCXERy73Oiz89jLC8lWirOR5C0DG-GrPL&index=18.  The game will be a rematch of the 2019 Basketball World Cup U19 final won by the USA, 93-79.

 

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