No one might be more disappointed than John Calipari, who was the head coach of the team.
John Calipari is about to become the first coach of a USA Basketball squad to lose a game since Paul Hewitt (now a NBA scout) in 2011. "But then it came down to some breakdowns defensively, and the other thing was, RJ (Barrett) had it going". "And that team will go on a spurt, and he's done that for five games now". It's on me that we couldn't do anything to adjust and slow Canada down. I enjoyed coaching each one of them. "Congratulate Canada, they deserved to win the game".
Italy outscored Canada 12-10 in the final quarter but it mattered little as Canada wrapped up the title in style.
United States of America trailed 37-35 in the third quarter before going on a 24-4 run to settle the issue. He didn't score a point, the first time that he failed to score in the tournament.
It has been a long wait, but finally, Canada's men's program is the king of the basketball universe. Purdue's Carson Edwards paced the US with 13 points, while Payton Pritchard of OR followed with 12 points.
"One of their guys - RJ Barrett - he had a really good game". We just don't. What I'm seeing right now is us pressuring them, and at some point, they will back off.
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The USA efforts was paced by PJ Washington (Findlay Prep/Las Vegas, Nev.) who finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Pritchard added 16 points, Austin Wiley (Auburn/Hoover, Ala.) scored 13 points and grabbed a USA U19 single-game record-tying 17 rebounds, and Edwards finished with 12 points.
"From the jump our energy wasn't there".
The win gave Canada its first-ever gold at a FIBA men's event.
Spain, which won its first five games and advanced to the semifinals in the tournament, was represented by Terps' redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic (Lanzarote, Canary Islands). In 22 minutes off the bench, he sank 6 of 12 field-goal attempts, canning 4 of 8 from 3-point range.
Canada knocked off the Americans in rather shocking fashion, 99-87, on Saturday in the semifinals to hand the US its first loss in the event since they finished fifth in 2011.