Oakville’s Brittain rules the boards for Canada

DALLAS – Scott Brittain continues to showcase his defensive skills at the Global Games.

For the second straight game, the 6-8 forward was the leading rebounder, grabbing 11 off the boards in the Canadian Junior (Under 18) Men’s basketball loss, 57-53, to Ukraine.

The loss dropped Canada’s record to 1-2 in the exhibition tournament. Canada followed its pattern in earlier games, being aggressive early in the scoring and took a 23-21 into the second half.

Canada’s offensive effort was again led by Ontario’s Junior Cadougan and Devoe Joseph. Cadougan led all scorers in the game with 19 points while Joseph was Canada’s other double-digit scorer with 13. Brittain, a graduate of Oakville’s Iroquois Ridge High School, chipped in seven points.

Canada outrebounded Ukraine 44-42 but could not match their opponents in shooting percentage (.281 to .314) and assists (5 to 12).

Canada’s plays South Africa in its final game. Following Friday’s match the team will travel to San Antonio for the Under 18 FIBA America World Championship Qualification Tournament, June 28 – July 2.

Canada has been placed in pool “B” for the qualification championship in San Antonio and will play preliminary round games against Puerto Rico (June 28), Bahamas (June 29) and Argentina (June 30). The United States, Uruguay, Brazil and the Dominican Republic are also competing in the tournament in pool “A”.

The top two finishing teams from each group will advance to the July 1st medal semi-finals while the bottom two finishing teams will play in the classification semi-finals. The finals and the final classification games will be played on July 2.