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Strawther's 40 points ranks tied for ninth in U19 World Cup history
HERAKLION (Greece) - Julian Strawther's 40-point performance against Russia was not enough to get Puerto Rico fifth place at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2019. But it was the top scoring output in Heraklion and ranks ninth all-time in the history of the competition.
Strawther, who also collected 35 points in a game against China earlier in the tournament, was still a bit short of another Puerto Rican who holds the all-time mark: Michael Rosario in 2009 against France. But Strawther tied for ninth place all time with Brazilian Paulo Villas Boas, who hit for 40 against Soviet Union in 1983, and Korean Song Kyochang, who tallied 40 against Serbia in 2015.
"It's just a blessing to be able to be here. As a 17-year-old to have an opportunity to play at the U19 World Cup means everything," said Strawther, who was born in 2002, meaning he can play in this event in 2021 as well.
Here the individual game scoring leaders in the history of the event:
|1||54||Michael Rosario, PUR||v FRA||6 July 2009|
|2||52||Hector Campana, ARG||v DOM||16 Aug 1983|
|3||48||Hector Campana, ARG||v CAN||14 Aug 1983|
|4||47||Daniel Brown, USA||v LTU||15 July 2003|
|5||42||Jordi Villacampa, ESP||v BRA||22 Aug 1983|
|42||Linas Kleiza, LTU||v PUR||16 July 2003|
|42||Tyler Ennis, CAN||v CHN||6 July 2013|
|8||41||Engin Atsur, TUR||v CRO||14 July 2003|
|9||40||Paulo Villas Boas, BRA||v URS||26 Aug 1983|
|40||Song Kyochang, KOR||v SRB||4 July 2015|
|40||Juilian Strawther, PUR||v RUS||7 July 2019|