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Jr. NBA Global Championship 2019: Canada Girls capture International Championship, Boys fall short in title game

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Canada's Girls captured the International title with a win over Latin America (NBAE/Getty Images)

The future of basketball in Canada is extremely bright.

At the Jr. NBA Global Championship in Orlando, both Canada's Girls and Boys teams advanced to the International Championship Game, with the Girls capturing the International title as they defeated Latin America 70-54.

In the title game, Canada was led by 13 points from guard Caidence Amartey, who is averaging 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in the tournament. Forwards Milana Nenadic and Jada Bediako both finished with nine points and six rebounds off the bench while Anaya Johnson finished with a game-high eight assists to go along with five points.

Canada is represented by the Brampton Warriors U14 Girls and is one of eight International girls teams at the 2019 Jr. NBA Global World Championship. The team went undefeated through its first six games before falling short to the U.S. Central Girls in the Global Championship.

NIKE Bounce U14 represented Canada on the Boys' side and advanced to the International Championship Game as well, but came up short to the defending champion, Africa. Despite falling short of the title, the boys team enjoyed standout performances from wings Remil Tissington (16.3 ppg), Jovan Milicevic (14.3 ppg) and guard Jalik Dunkley (11.3 ppg), who made a few highlights of his own.

Canada again fell short to the U.S. Southeast Boys in the Global Positive Finish game, but showed plenty of promise throughout their time in Orlando. Africa, who defeated Canada Saturday, will face the U.S. West Boys in the Global Championship Game following the conclusion of the Girls' Global Championship.

The Jr. NBA Global Championship is a youth basketball tournament for the top 13- and 14-year old boys and girls teams from around the world. 16 boys teams and 16 girls teams advanced to play in the tournament.

The teams representing each region were separated into U.S. and international brackets that include pool play competition followed by single-elimination bracket play. Winners of the U.S. and international brackets advanced to play in the boys and girls championship games.

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