Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Beats Puerto Rico, Reaches Final at Americas Under-16 Championship

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Beats Puerto Rico, Reaches Final at Americas Under-16 Championship

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Canada beats Puerto Rico in semifinals

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FORMOSA, Argentina - Canada is heading back to the final at the FIBA Americas under-16 championship.

Cashius McNeilly had 23 points and nine rebounds as the Canadians downed Puerto Rico 81-66 on Saturday in the tournament semfinals.

Shemar Rathan-Mayes added 14 points for Canada while Andre Curbelo scored a game-high 27 points for Puerto Rico.

"We got out and transitioned pretty well. It was a tough matchup, but we filled their lanes as best we could and played great defence," said Benjamin Krikke, who chipped in with nine points for Canada.

The Canadian squad finished with silver at the last FIBA Americas U16 championship in 2015, losing to the United States in the final.

Canada held a five-point lead after the first quarter and took a 46-29 advantage into halftime on Saturday. …

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