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FAU16 - Canada takes the bronze
Maldonado, Uruguay - Canada and Puerto Rico met again in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship, this time to determine who would win third place. Canada won 62-50 and got the bronze medal, earned from a Puerto Rico team that was fourth. Both teams qualified for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship..
Puerto Rico came to the court without one of their best players, Ivan Gandia Rosa, who suffered a tear in his left foot.
The match began even; both sought to take the lead early. Puerto Rico was the first to score 4 points of the game. Canada had to come from behind and won the quarter, 12-11.
In the second, the teams traded the lead. None had a bigger advantage than 2 points, until a three-point play from Leandro Allende, gave Puerto Rico the advantage of 4 points. The first half ended 25 to 21. The best scorer of the first half from Puerto Rico was Arnaldo Toro with 11 points and from Canada it was Koby McEwen with 5 points.
The second half opened with a three-point basket of the Canadian, Justin Jackson, Puerto Rico responded with a similar one and returned the lead to 4 points. Canada mounted a 7-0 run and went ahead by 3 points after a basket in Nolan Narain in penetration. The Puerto Ricans responded with its own run of 7 points to end the third quarter, 39-38.
In the last 10 minutes, Canada took the lead after a basket by Jamal Murray in penetration, and Puerto Rico responded with three, three-point baskets in a row by Jorge Pacheco (1) and Leandro Allende (2), to take an advantage. However, Canada took over the last five minutes of the game, and completely dominated the Puerto Rican team who scored just two points in the final stretch of the game against a Canada who got the win, 62-50 and took the bronze medal.
The top scorers of the match were, Jamal Murray (CAN) with 15 points and Leandro Allende (PUR) with 16 points.
In the past three tournaments, FIBA Americas U16, Canada has finished in the third position every year.
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