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Wiltjer clutch in Canadian development team win over USA

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Kyle Wiltjer's trip to China is off to a good start.

The rising junior UK forward is playing for the Canadian Development Men's National Team this week in the Four Nations' International Invitational Tournament and the Canadians secured a pair of wins over the weekend. Team Canada took down host nation China on Saturday before facing the United States on Sunday. Canada built a double-digit lead in the third quarter, but Team USA rallied to tie the game at 73 in the final minute.

Enter Wiltjer.

He was fouled with five seconds left and drilled a pair of free throws to give the Canadians an exhibition win over their across-the-border rivals. Wiltjer had a team-high 17 points in the victory.

"It was a great team effort tonight," Wiltjer said. "For me, it is always fun to play against the USA since I live there. The guards did a good job of making good passes down the stretch and finding me when I was open. We got some good calls down the stretch which also helped."

Team Canada moved to 3-0 on Monday by defeating Latvia.

After a travel day on Tuesday, Team Canada will finish off the tournament with three games in three days beginning on Wednesday including a Thursday rematch with Team USA. During the exhibition tournament, Wiltjer is making his case to be included on the 12-man roster Team Canada will bring to the World University Games (July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia).

Before then, Wiltjer is enjoying his trip to China. He is regularly posting updates on Twitter, Instagram and Vine, so make sure you are following him. He might just run into another former Kentucky star.

Kyle Wiltjer ran into UK alumnus Josh Harrellson in China on Friday. (Photo via Instagram) Kyle Wiltjer ran into UK alumnus Josh Harrellson in China on Friday. (Photo via Instagram)

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