Guard R.J. Barrett had 38 points and 13 rebounds to lead Canada to a stunning 99-87 semifinal win over america on Saturday in the world under-19 men’s basketball tournament.
The six-foot-seven Barrett, 17, of Mississauga, Ont., is the son of Rowan Barrett, a former Canadian national team member who represented his country in the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney.
In the other match, Italy conquer against Spain 66-63.
This marks. What is more, the Canadians played their second game without starting point guard Lindell Wigginton of Dartmouth, N.S., who’s injured.
“What an unbelievable moment for Canadian basketball, for these children, for this group,” Canadian head coach Roy Rana said. “Great win, now we have got to proceed and get ready to play — as incredible as it seems — a world championship.”
Barrett was 2-of-6 from three-point variety and 12-of-24 in the area. He made throws.
Barrett has become the consensus basketball prospect in the Class of 2019 for over a year and is considered the world’s best player. He plays high school basketball at Florida.
Abu Kigab of St. Catharines, Ont., had 14 points for the Canadians while Nate Darling of Lower Sackville, N.S., added 13 points and Grant Shephard of Kelowna, B.C., scored 12 points.
Rana guided a group that Andrew Wiggins, now with the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves.