CANADA DEFEATS BAHAMAS TO CONCLUDE SECOND WINDOW OF FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP 2019 AMERICAS QUALIFIERS
Canada Basketball – NASSAU, BAHAMAS (February 25, 2018) – Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team defeated Bahamas 113-67 on Sunday night to wrap up the second window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers. With the win, Canada improves to 3-1 and currently sits in second place in Group D.
Brady Heslip (Burlington, ON) led Canada with a game high 19 points, including five three-pointers, while Melvin Ejim (Toronto, ON) added 15 points. Anthony Bennett (Toronto, ON), Adika Peter-McNeilly (Toronto, ON) and Thomas Scrubb (Richmond, B.C.) each chipped in 10 points in the victory.
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Canada came out of the games firing, knocking down six three-pointers in the opening frame and led 25-21 after the first quarter. Thanks to an 11-0 run, their largest of the night, Canada saw their lead grow to 36-23 and entered the half with a 21 point advantage. Canada showed no signs of slowing down in the second half as they cruised to the 113-67 win.
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“Thought after Thursday’s game we had things to improve on. We addressed it in a video session and practice and I thought the players did a great job executing and coming out and improving on those things that we talked about. Very proud of the team. Great motivation, great character, great togetherness. I like to say we were group strong. Twelve guys working together, playing together.” – Gordie Herbert, Head Coach
“We knew it was going to be a challenge playing against the home team in their country. Coach prepared us for the game and we improved on the things we didn’t do well in the first game and we were able to just play good defence and make some shots and get the win tonight.” – Brady Heslip
Canada’s pursuit of a FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 berth will continue at home on Friday, Jun. 29 at 8:30 p.m. (EST) as Canada hosts Dominican Republic at Ricoh Coliseum.
Canada will then travel to TD Place in Ottawa to conclude the first-round on Monday, Jul. 2 at 1:30 p.m. (EST) against U.S. Virgin Islands.
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