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Daily Brews: Caleb Houstan, Team Canada’s championship hopes come to an end

The U.S. team is headed to the championship.

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The FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup comes to a close on Sunday in Latvia as Team USA and Team France meet in the championship. The USA team beat Team Canada and five-star Michigan commit Caleb Houstan 92-86 on Saturday morning.

The future Wolverine shot just over 30% from the field, going 6-for-19 and 3-of-10 from deep — scoring a team-high 23 points in the loss. His top moment of the game was hitting a three-pointer over the No. 1 player in the 2021 class, and Gonzaga-commit, Chet Holmgren, staring him down after converting.

Still, Canada was outmatched by the USA squad, who played much better team ball. Team USA also converted several more inside looks that came from good shots on the interior. Shot selection was an issue for the Canadian team who hung around for the majority of the game, but once trailed by 20 late in the fourth quarter.

With the loss, Canada will play for third place against a Serbia team that has one of the tournament’s most outstanding players, Nikola Jovic. The 6-foot-10 big man has averaged 18.8 points and 8.7 boards per game in the six games of the tournament.

Houstan continues to impress with Team Canada — averaging 14.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game in the FIBA U19 World Cup. Although, Houstan’s shooting touch has been underwhelming from behind the arc throughout the tournament, going just 22% (11-for-50) from three.

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