Canada finishes opening round undefeated
Next up is a quarter-final matchup against winless Panama
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.
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.