CANADA DEFEATS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IN FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER
Canada Basketball – TORONTO, ON (June 29, 2018) – The Canadian Senior Men’s National Team defeated the Dominican Republic 97-61 at the RIcoh Coliseum on Friday. With the win, both Canada and Dominican are 4-1 in their qualifying games going into their second matchup in phase 3.
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Four Canadian players ended in double digits in the win against Dominican Republic. RJ Barrett, Melvin Ejim, Dillon Brooks and Kelly Olynyk all finished with 14 points, along with Olynyk leading the team with 9 rebounds.
Canada pushed the Dominican team up and down the court throughout the first quarter, using their energy and diverse offence to build a 25-21 lead going into the second quarter.
Throughout the second quarter Canada were able to maintain efficient offense and push Dominican in transition, growing their lead to as much as 12, outscoring Dominican 45-33 at the end of the first half. Leading Team Canada on the floor in the first half was RJ Barrett who stormed out to an early 9 points and 5 rebounds.
Starting the third quarter, Canada maintained a similar style of play they had during the first half and they continued to see success, leading by 14, 56-42 with just under 4 minutes left in the quarter. Fast paced transition play helped Team Canada throughout much of the third quarter due to full court defence and important steals denying potential open looks.
Going into the fourth Canada found themselves leading 65-54. Canada’s lead stretched to as far as 36 in the final quarter of the game, giving them a cushion that would hold them to an eventual 97-61 victory against the Dominican Republic.
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“We haven’t been together for a long time, been a week or so for those guys and I just came in for practice, practice is really important for us. As the game was going on you could see us getting more comfortable, making the extra pass, getting open shots and we started to lock them down” – Cory Joseph
“Talking to the players before the game it was just trust each other. You don’t have to make the homerun pass, if we can swing-swing, make the hockey assist, I thought we did a pretty good job of that tonight. We shared the ball well” – Head Coach Jay Triano
With this win agaisnt the Dominican Republic, Canada continues their journey to the World Cup with a trip to the nations capital of Ottawa where they will play the U.S. Virgin Islands. On Monday at 1:30pm EST, the two teams will do battle at the Arena at TD Place looking to finish highest in their group.
Tickets for the FIBA World Cup Qualifier game against the U.S Virigin Islands are still available for purchase through the TD Place website.
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