Olynyk Scores 14 Points In Canada's U19 Quarterfinal Loss

July 10, 2009

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Canada's run for the title in the FIBA U19 World Championships ended Friday with a 93-73 quarterfinal loss to the undefeated USA squad.

Canada (3-4) will next play Puerto Rico (4-3) in a classification game Saturday. A win would give Canada a chance to compete for fifth place in the tournament on Sunday.

In the semifinal round, Greece (5-2) will play an undefeated Australian (7-0) team, while Croatia (6-1) will play the undefeated Americans (7-0). Canadian forward Tristan Thompson (Brampton, Ont.) led his team in scoring with 18 points and rebounds with eight.

Kelly Olynyk (Kamloops, B.C.), who will join Gonzaga University's team this fall, also worked hard at both ends of the court scoring 14 points and adding seven rebounds. The team's top scorers in the tournament, Mangisto Arop (Edmonton), also Gonzaga bound, and Cory Joseph (Pickering, Ont.) were held to eight and nine points respectively.

Arop is tied for 10th in scoring at 15.7 ppg while Olynyk is tied for seventh in rebounding at 7.9 rpg and is tied for eighth in blocked shots with 1.3/game.

Both countries performed well defensively with Canada collecting 35 boards to the USA's 39. They matched up well on the inside game too, both recording 32 points in the paint.

But Canada struggled offensively shooting 39 per cent to the USA's 53. The perimeter game continued to be a challenge for the red-and-white as it has been all tournament as the team made only six out of 20 shots from the three-point line versus 14 three's for the USA.

The Americans set single game records for most 3-point field goals made and highest single game 3-point shooting percentage, going on a 14-for-26 3-point shooting barrage. The USA's 14 made 3-pointers set a USA game record, bettering the old mark of 13 (7/15/03 versus Lithuania). Also, the USA's 53.8 shooting percentage from three improved on the old record of 50.0 percent (7/22/95 vs. France).

Every player contributed points for the red, white and blue, with five players scoring in double digits. The game's top scorer was Butler University's Gordon Hayward, who was 7-for-12 shooting, collecting 20 points. Dell Curry's youngest son, Seth Curry, and teammate Howard Thomkins III each added 12 points, while John Shurna and Tyshawn Taylor scored 10 apiece.

 

 

Ashton Gibbs got the USA on the board first and they went on a 7-2 run. A couple of early fouls by the USA helped Canada to come within one point to make it 7-6 with just under seven minutes to go. Both teams missed shots-and the score remained 10-8 until Arop split a pair of free throws. But Curry showcased what his family does best - shoot - as he hit a pair of back-to-back three's with under four minutes left. Arop fought hard, scoring five of Canada's 15 points, but the Duke guard closed out the quarter with nine points off the bench as the USA led 25-15.

The USA continued to rain three's in the second period, led by Klay Thompson, Surna and Taylor. Up 25-15 to start quarter two, six of the USA's first seven made baskets of the second quarter were from behind the 3-point line as the Americans took charge 45-22 following a three from Shelvin Mack (Butler / Lexington, Ky.) with 4:56 remaining before halftime. Canada rallied and over the final 4:56 to outscore the U.S. 14-8, leaving the USA lead at 51-36 at intermission.

Olynyk responded midway through the quarter for Canada, scoring a pair of deuces to make it 34-21 with eight minutes remaining. USA's Hayward answered with a two, then Ty Nurse score a big three, and Hayward again followed up with a three, keeping the deficit at 15. With the score at 39-24, Canada called a timeout at the seven-minute mark. The USA was unrelenting from the three-point line as Team Canada struggled with its perimeter game. After several missed shots by the red-and-white, Tristan Thompson scored two of his five second-quarter points with one minute to go. Teammate Laurent Rivard hit a three to close out the first half.

Canada came out stronger in the second half, led by Olynyk's quick three to start the third period. Thompson's toughness helped him get to the charity stripe as Canada chipped away at the deficit, with the score 55-41 at the seven-minute mark. But USA's Hayward added two buckets and a trey to make it 65-45 with 4:30 left in the third. After another timeout, Canada went on the offensive, scoring five points in a row as Rivard hit a three followed by two points by Joseph with two minutes to go. Canada's star forward Thompson came back in the game and quickly hit a two, but then fouled USA's Shurna, who was 100 per cent from the free-throw line.

Olynyk hit a deuce as Canada scored 18 to the USA's 21, ending the third down 72-54.

Cory Joseph took charge in the fourth quarter, scoring five points in the first two minutes. But the Canadians also collected fouls early in the period. Thompson battled back, collecting two offensive rebounds and scoring a pair of buckets with just under four minutes left to make it 85-66. Ty Nurse (Vancouver) hit a big three but the USA always had an answer, as Terrico White scored two. Canada did not let down, scoring two of its own with Mike Allison (Lynden, Ont.), then White for two, then Allison for two.

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