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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


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.