USA BASKETBALL Shenendehowa grad Kevin Huerter takes a jumper against Canada in the FIBA U19 World Cup Saturday. UK's Hamidou Diallo added nine.
Canada's R.J. Barrett, a 17-year-old player, earned tournament MVP honors.
Outscoring the US 6-2 over the third quarter's first 1 minute and 34 seconds, Germany pulled ahead 37-35, marking the first time in the USA's five games that it found itself trailing in the second half. No one might be more disappointed than John Calipari, who was the head coach of the team. New York native also added eight points and four assists in a preliminary round win over eventual silver medalist Italy and tied a team high with five assists along with four points and four rebounds in a opening tournament win over Iran.
Okeke led Italy with 14 points to go with 10 rebounds while Oxilia had a double-double of his own with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Following three free throws by Immanuel Quickly (John Carroll School/Bel Air, Md.), the United States of America took a 53-52 lead with 5:32 to play in the third. The Americans had a 51-35 rebound advantage.More news: Atmosphere not right for Modi-Xi meeting: Chinese official
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The U.S. squad scored 17 of the first 21 points and jumped out to a 25-6 lead after the first quarter.
"I think everybody had chills", said Rana.
Winning gold at the U19 World Cup is Rana's latest accomplishment on the worldwide stage.
The U.S. closed the gap to six points, but for every comeback attempt the United States of America mounted, Canada fought off the rally to earn the win.
The USA defense limited Germany to 39.4 percent shooting in the game, and just 13-of-36 shooting from the field in the second half, including 2-of-10 from behind the 3-point line.