CANADIAN CAGERS OFF TO SEMIS
Addison Patterson scored 26 points and added 10 rebounds as Canada toppled Panama 105-39 Thursday to advance to the semifinals at the FIBA Under-18 Americas Championship in St. Catharines, Ont. Jahcobi Neath chipped in 17 points for the Canadians, who will tip off against Puerto Rico in Friday’s semis. Canada has won four in a row after taking three round robin games and its quarter-final victory against Panama. The win over Panama also guarantees the Canadians a berth at next summer’s U-19 FIBA World Cup, which they won last year in Cairo. Canada has never won the FIBA U-18 Americas tournament, finishing runner-up to the United States the previous two events. The U.S. and Argentina are in the other semifinal. The U.S. beat Ecuador 132-55 in its quarter-final, Puerto Rico downed Chile 68-65 and Argentina dumped the Dominican Republic 87-70.