Kevin Pengos poured in 22 points to lead Canada to a 91-71 win over Egypt on Tuesday at the FIBA under-19 men's basketball world championship.
The win improved Canada's record to 2-3 while Egypt fell to 1-4. Both are competing in the 12-team second round, with the top four in each of the two groups moving on to the quarter-finals.
Canada plays Serbia (3-2) on Wednesday.
The Canadians jumped out to a 25-14 lead over the Egyptians in the first quarter and never looked back.
"The guys came out on a mission right from the tip of the ball," said head coach Greg Francis. "We were also hitting our shots, which is also key for us to advance. We ran our stuff and it showed on the scoreboard. Now we just get ready for Serbia."
Pengos, a guard from Newmarket, Ont., was good on five of seven three-point attempts. Olivier Hanlan of Gatineau, Que., added 16 points and Junior Lomomba of Montreal chipped in with 13.
"I played my game, hit my shots, passed the ball well and my team helped me out," said Hanlan. "Great team effort. Now we will prepare for Serbia."
Marawan Mohamed led Egypt with 16 points.
Canada will need a victory over Serbia, combined with a win by Croatia over the U.S., to automatically advance to the quarter-finals.
If both Canada and the Americans win, it will force a three-way tie between Canada, Serbia and Croatia for places three to five in their group. The advancing teams would then be determined by point differential in head-to-head games. Canada lost to Croatia in the opening round.
Canada is ranked sixth in the latest FIBA world rankings, compared to No. 20 for Egypt.
Canada finished seventh at the 2009 tournament in New Zealand.