Canada beats Paraguay at U16 Americas

FORMOSA, Argentina — Canada defeated Paraguay 79-71 in group-stage action Thursday at the 2017 FIBA U16 Americas basketball championship.

Toronto’s Shemar Rathan-Mayes had 21 points and seven rebounds to lead Canada (2-0).

Luka Sakota added 15 points and fellow Toronto native Paris Shand had six points and nine rebounds.

“We knew we were playing a tough team and had to work hard for every possession,” Rathan-Mayes said. ”We made some key stops on defence to hold our lead. We have a lot of confidence right now and we want to continue our momentum into the next game.”

Canada’s final game of the group phase is against Venezuela on Friday.

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