Tristan Etienne helped Canada’s U18 basketball team to second place at the FIBA Americas tourney.

Tristan Etienne helped Canada’s U18 basketball team to second place at the FIBA Americas tourney.

Silver is sweet for Etienne, Team Canada

Tristan Etienne helped Canada’s under-18 men’s basketball team to a silver medal at the FIBA Americas tournament in Colorado Springs.

Tristan Etienne, a recent grad of Abbotsford’s W.J. Mouat Secondary, helped Canada’s under-18 men’s basketball team to a silver medal at the FIBA Americas tournament in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Team Canada went a perfect 3-0 during pool play with wins over the Domincan Republic, Puerto Rico and Brazil, thus securing a berth to next year’s FIBA U19 World Championship in Greece.

In the semifinals, they knocked off Argentina 91-82 in overtime to set up a title-game clash with a U.S.A. squad helmed by University of Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan. The Americans prevailed 113-79, but the runner-up result nevertheless represented Canada’s best-ever finish at the tournament.

Etienne, a 6’9” centre who is set to join the NCAA’s University of Washington Huskies in the fall, averaged 3.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game at the FIBA Americas.