Canada fin­ishes open­ing round un­de­feated

Next up is a quar­ter-fi­nal matchup against win­less Panama

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Canada cooled Chile 97-60 to close out the pre­lim­i­nary round un­de­feated at the FIBA Un­der-18 Amer­i­cas Cham­pi­onship Tues­day.

An­drew Nem­b­hard scored 19 points while Emanuel Miller added 17 and Ja­cobi Neath 15 to lead Canada to a 3-0 record.

“The first two games I was way too pas­sive,” Neath, a 6-foot-3 guard from Vaughan, said. “Things worked out well tonight.”

Neath scored two points against Ar­gentina and six against Ecuador be­fore break­ing out against Chile.

Ri­d­ley Col­lege’s Jaden Be­di­ako, a 6-foot-10 cen­tre from Bramp­ton, scored 12 points and 12 re­bounds for Canada in what was a break­out game.

Be­di­ako was score­less with two re­bounds against Ar­gentina and had scored two points with four re­bounds against Ecuador.

“Against teams like the U.S., they have great (cen­tres) on their team,” Neath said of Be­di­ako. “If we don’t have a (cen­tre), and we can’t re­bound, we don’t stand a chance. It’s a big deal

for us. I hope it boosts Jaden’s con­fi­dence and he stays on that roll.”

Lorca Maxwell led Chile with 11 points. Chile fell to 2-1 and trailed 28-20 in the first quar­ter and 50-33 at the half. Canada outscored Chile 24-11

in the third quar­ter to take a 74-44 lead and put the game away.

JULIE JOCSAK THE ST. CATHARINES STAN­DARD

Joel Brown of of Canada tries to keep the ball away from Felipe Iny­aco of Chile in bas­ket­ball ac­tion dur­ing the FIBA Un­der-18 Amer­i­cas Cham­pi­onship at Merid­ian Cen­tre in St. Catharines on Tues­day.

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