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Canada exacts revenge on Dominican Republic to win bronze

BUENOS AIRES (Argentina) – Efeosa Oliogu, Spencer Ahrens and Tristan Beckford combined for 58 points to lead Canada’s 89-67 win over Dominican Republic to finish in 3rd place of the FIBA U18  AmeriCup 2024 and take home the bronze medal.

Oliogu scored 23 points with 7 assists, Ahrens picked up a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double and Beckford added 16 points and 7 boards. Jaion Pitt (11 points) also scored in double digits for the winning side.

The Dominican squad had beaten Canada in the Group Stage, but this time the team coached by Ramón Díaz took control early and jumped to a 23-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. Canada dominated throughout the evening thanks to their supremacy on the boards (56-36) and better ball movement (24 assists against their opponent’s 11). They also had a 16-4 edge in fast break points.

Canada then won the third quarter by a score of 24-15 to go up to 70-55 and stretched the lead even further in the final period.

Fernando De Los Santos was the leading scorer for Dominican Republic with 17 points. Reserves Anderson Díaz and Yenndy Báez added 9 and 8 points, respectively.

 

This was Canada’s 5th bronze medal in the history of the competition and their second consecutive 3rd-place finish.

Brazil edges Venezuela to finish in 5th place

Mathias Vazquez made 4 free throws in the last 18 seconds to seal Brazil’s 66-64 victory over Venezuela and finish in 5th place.

Vazquez put his country ahead by 64-61 with a pair of makes at the charity stripe. In the next possession, Estoyan Vargas slipped and committed a turnover that gave Brazil the ball back with 11 seconds left in regulation. Venezuelan then sent Vazquez back to the line, where he drained another pair to secure the win.

Point guard Matheus Monteiro led the Brazilian offense with 15 points, including a 7-0 personal run in the 4thquarter that allowed his country to retake the lead (60-57) with 2:55 to go. He also grabbed 5 rebounds and collected 5 assists. João Neves added 13 points, while Thaylor Dos Santos (7 rebounds) and Vazquez finished with 10 points each.

Venezuela was missing star forward Jeiminson Márquez due to a knee bruise, but Anthony Reyes stepped and scored 18 points. Vargas (17 points) and Diego Sulbarán (10) also scored in double digits.

In the 7th place game, big man Alejandro Avilés notched an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double and Brandon Lee added 16 points to guide Puerto Rico to a comfortable 79-51 win over Belize.

The boricuas came into the last day of the tournament without having tasted victory but were finally able to break through thanks to great execution throughout the whole game.

Isaiah Brown also shined for Puerto Rico with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Isaiah Medina added 14 boards, while Adiel López contributed 8 rebounds and 9 assists.

Belize was missing their star, Josiah Moseley, but other players like Devin Moody (12 points and 6 rebounds) and Wilford Dawson (10 points and 7 boards) had good showings. Douglas Langford also collected 8 points and 14 rebounds.

FIBA