Houstan, Nembhard score 18 apiece to lead Canada past Lithuania in U19 World Cup

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DAUGAVPILS — Caleb Houstan and Ryan Nembhard scored 18 points apiece Saturday to lift Canada to an 80-71 win over Lithuania to open the FIBA U19 World Cup.

Zach Edey added 12 points and 16 rebounds, while Elijah Fisher finished with 11 points.

The No. 2-ranked Canadians, coached by Paul Weir, next face Japan in Group A action on Sunday, then Senegal on Tuesday.

Canada won the U19 World Cup in 2017 in Cairo, the first FIBA world title for Canadian basketball.

The tournament has four groups with four countries in each. All teams qualify for the round of 16, where they will cross between Groups A and B and C and D. The winners of the round-of-16 games advance to the quarterfinals, while the losers move on to the classification games for Places 9 through 16.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 3, 2021.

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