Huerter, Team USA lose to Canada

USA BASKETBALL Shenendehowa grad Kevin Huerter takes a jumper against Canada in the FIBA U19 World Cup Saturday.USA BASKETBALL Shenendehowa grad Kevin Huerter takes a jumper against Canada in the FIBA U19 World Cup Saturday.

Staff report

CAIRO, Egypt — Kevin Huerter and the United States U19 basketball team won’t be playing for the gold medal in the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup.

R.J. Barrett scored 38 points Saturday, leading Canada to a 99-87 upset of the United States in the semifinals at Cairo Stadium.

Canada advances to Sunday’s gold-medal game against Italy. The United States takes on Spain for the bronze medal.

“It’s going to be a hard one, as a staff and all of us,” United States coach John Calipari said. “You move on to the next one. In this kind of environment, you don’t even get a day to grieve. You just have to move on. So, we’ll go back and see if we can get something going.”

For the second straight game, Huerter, the Shenendehowa High School graduate and University of Maryland sophomore played less than 10 minutes. Huerter was in action for just 9:42. He didn’t score a point, the first time that he failed to score in the tournament. Huerter had two assists and one rebound.

The United States led 23-17 after the first quarter. Canada grabbed a 45-42 lead at halftime, and increased it to 66-59 after three.
Canada outscored the United States 33-28 in the final quarter.