Virginia basketball players Kody Stattmann and Francisco Caffaro both had huge individual performances for their countries in the opening games of the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in Greece on Saturday.

Stattmann scored a team-high 21 points for Australia in its 81-76 loss to Canada in Group B play in Heraklion, Greece.

Stattman went 7-for-20 from the field while grabbing four rebounds and blocking four shots in 33 minutes of action. The Virginia rising sophomore also went 4-for-11 from 3-point range and 3-for-4 from the free throw line.

One of Stattman's four 3-pointers came from well behind the line as the shot clocked wound down in the final minute of the third quarter that tied the game at 58-58.

Australia continues group play on Sunday against Latvia.

Stattmann, a 6-foot-7, 187-pound guard appeared in 18 games for Virginia during his freshman season, averaging 1.7 points per game. Stattmann will have an opportunity to become a more consistent contributor for the Cavaliers this upcoming season with the departures of De'Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy.

Stattman wasn't the only Cavalier to have a strong performance on Saturday.

Caffaro also put together a solid opening game for Argentina, finishing with 17 points, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in an 86-84 win over Russia in Heraklion, Greece, to begin Group C play.

Caffaro played nearly 35 minutes for Argentina, finishing 7-for-12 from the field and 3-for-9 from the free-throw line. Argentina continues group stage play on Sunday against the Philippines.

Caffaro, who redshirted for Virginia this past season, could help fill the void left by the graduation of center Jack Salt this upcoming season.

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