An ankle sprain couldn’t keep Tyrese Maxey out of the gold medal game. Just a few days after suffering a minor injury at the FIBA Americas Cup, the Kentucky point guard commit returned to help Team USA obliterate Canada 113-74.
Maxey struggled to get into a rhythm in 12 minutes of action, knocking down just 1-of-6 shots, but his backcourt running mate had no trouble getting buckets. UK target Cole Anthony, the No. 3 player in the 2019 recruiting class, scored a team-high 18 points on 43 percent shooting. Team USA’s other Kentucky recruit, Matthew Hurt, was just behind Anthony with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting.
John Calipari and Joel Justus were in the stands to see all of the action. Before Coach Cal sat courtside, he hopped into the presidential bed at the U.S. Embassy to create quite the scene-stealing photo.
Tonights’ result was quite different from the last time Team USA met Canada in FIBA competition. The American win avenged the loss R.J. Barrett handed John Calipari at last year’s U17 FIBA World Cup in Egypt.