Anthony Bennett of Brampton, Ont., led all scorers with 16 points while Dyshawn Pierre of Whitby, Ont., added 11 points and 10 rebounds as Canada beat Australia 76-68 at the FIBA under-17 world championship for men Saturday in Hamburg, Germany.
The Canadians opened up a 24-13 lead after the first quarter but watched the Australians slowly whittle away at it, eventually moving ahead 59-51 early in the fourth quarter.
But a dunk by Bennett 1:11 into the final period helped turn the momentum, and Canada dominated the rest of the way.
"That really got us going," said guard Junior Lomomba of Montreal, who added 11 points. "At halftime, coach [Roy] Rana told us the game of basketball is a game of runs and it was up to us to fight back, play defence and play our game."
Canada evened its record at 1-1 after dropping the tournament-opener 69-68 to host Germany.
Mitch Norton led Australia (0-2) with 15 points.