CANADA DEFEATS U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AS FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP 2019 AMERICAS QUALIFIERS CONTINUE
February 22, 2018
4:30 PM ET
U.S. Virgin Islands
NASSAU, BAHAMAS (February 22, 2018) - The Senior Men's National Team defeated U.S. Virgin Islands 118-89 on Thursday evening to improve to 2-1 in FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers.
Melvin Ejim (Toronto, ON) led Canada with a game high 28 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks while Brady Heslip (Burlington, ON) added 22 points on 6/13 shooting from beyond the arc. Anthony Bennett (Toronto, ON) had 13 points, while Dyshawn Pierre (Whitby, ON) led Canada with six assists in the victory.
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After a slow opening quarter, Canada bounced back in the second frame, outscoring the U.S. Virgin Islands 32-21 to enter the break with a 53-48 advantage. Canada came out firing in the second half, knocking down eight three-pointers in the third en route to a 17-point advantage heading into the fourth.
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"I thought we responded well coming out. I thought the first three to four minutes of the second half was a real key. We came out strong, made some shots and got our defence a lot better." - Gordie Herbert, Head Coach
"We started off kind of sluggish. They were being really aggressive in the first half. I think we played better defence in the second half and we were able to get some stops and really open the game up. They played really hard and got a lot of buckets in transition so we got to work on that." - Melvin Ejim.
Canada will take on Bahamas this Sunday at 8:00 PM ET to conclude the second window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers.
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