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Bennedict Mathurin shines in semifinals loss to USA; Azuolas Tubelis and Oumar Ballo continue strong play in FIBA U19 World Cup

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Bennedict Mathurin and Canada came up short in the FIBA U19 World Cup semifinals, falling to Team USA 92-86.

Mathurin had one of his better games of the tournament, scoring 19 points along with five rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes. He shot 7-17 from the field including 3-5 from 3-point range but was hindered by foul trouble down the stretch. He posted a team-low -12.

Canada will compete in the third-place game Sunday against the loser of France/Serbia. The game time is set for 6 a.m. PT on ESPN+.

n a classification game, Arizona forward Azuolas Tubelis and Lithuania defeated Argentina 107-81. Tubelis had nine points, seven rebounds, and a tournament-high six assists in 28 minutes. He also recorded three blocks.

Lithuania will face Spain Sunday at 6 a.m. PT in the fifth-place game.

Incoming freshman Oumar Ballo and Mali competed in another classification game, topping Japan 104-66. Ballo posted 18 points and 11 rebounds in 29 minutes for his second consecutive double-double and third of the tournament. Ballo also had four assists, one steal and one block.

Mali will play Puerto Rico in the 13th place game Sunday at 2 a.m. PT.

How they have fared so far...

  • Tubelis (Lithuania): 27.5 MPG, 16 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.7 APG, 2.7 SPG, 1 BPG, 2.8 TPG, 45.8 FG%, 3-9 3PT, 15-23 FT
  • Mathurin (Canada): 27.2 MPG, 13.7 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.8 APG, 2.2 TPG, 43.1 FG%, 40 3PT%, 76.2 FT%
  • Ballo (Mali): 30 MPG, 12.5 PPG, 8.8 RPG. 2.7 BPG, 3.3 APG. 1 SPG, 50 FG%, 5-15 FT

All three are starters.