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3x3 National Teams Qualify for AmeriCup Quarterfinals


Nov 5, 2022

The Canadian Men’s 3x3 team opened play at the 2022 FIBA AmeriCup on Saturday by going a perfect 2-0. The Canadians defeated Mexico 22-9 and then followed that up with a 21-9 win against Guyana to advance to the Quarterfinals.

In Canada's first game, Alex Johnson had a game-high nine points to lead a balanced-scoring effort, while Bikramjit Gill added seven points and four rebounds.

A layup from Gill opened the scoring for Canada, but Mexico’s Isaac Gutierrez came right back with a bucket for Mexico to tie the game. A two-point shot for Dele Ogundokun extended Canada’s lead to 3-1 and then Alex Johnson hit a two to extend Canada's lead to 5-1 with 9 minutes remaining.

Gill and Gutierrez traded layups again, before Gill scored inside to push Canada’s lead to 7-3 with 7:55 remaining.

After a block from Gill, Johnson drilled a stepback two and then found Gill for an easy two-point shot of his own. Johnson continued to roll, scoring inside while being fouled. After a hot start, Canada’s shooting slowed until a corner two from Johnson extended the lead back to double figures. A long two-point shot from Jordan Jensen-Whyte extended Canada’s lead to 20-8 and then a two-point shot won it.

Canada shot 54 percent from beyond the arc, making 8-of-15 attempts from deep, compared to just 1-of-7 shooting from outside for Mexico. The Canadians also dominated defensively, holding a 5-0 edge in blocked shots, while turning the ball over just once in the win.

In the team’s second victory, Johnson again had a game-high with seven points, while Dele Ogundokun added six points and five rebounds and Gill had five points and four rebounds as Canada outrebounded Guyana 17-10.

After a close start, a two from Jensen-Whyte gave Canada a two-point lead. After a free throw from Gill, Canada led 7-3 with 7:15 remaining. Johnson then scored four straight points to extend Canada’s lead to six with 6:25 remaining.

Back-to-back two-point shots from Ogundokun extended Canada’s lead to double figures and then a free throw from Gill put Canada in front 17-6 with 5:26 remaining. A layup inside from Gill made it 18-7 and then a corner two from Jensen-Whyte made it 20-9 before he sealed the game with a layup, giving Canada the 21-9 victory.

While the Canadian Men's 3x3 team went undefeated on Saturday, the Canadian Women's 3x3 team started Saturday with a victory, defeating Guatemala 21-7, before falling to a red-hot Brazil team 21-7 in their second game of the day.

Michelle Plouffe led all scorers with seven points in the team’s first game against Guatemala, while Katherine Plouffe added six points and seven rebounds and Paige Crozon added five points and five rebounds as Canada outrebounded Guatemala 23-14 in the win.

Canada jumped out to a 7-1 lead after two-point shots from Crozon and M. Plouffe. After a layup for Crozon, Canada led 8-2 with 7:30 remaining. A long two-point shot from M. Plouffe extended the lead to double figures for Canada and then a layup from Crozon put Canada ahead 15-3 with 5:25 remaining.

A layup for K. Plouffe was followed up by a two-point shot for Guatemala’s Mishelle Garcia, but Crozon found K. Plouffe inside for a layup, extending the advantage to 18-7. After a two-point shot for Kacie Bosch, Canada led 20-7 with less than a minute remaining. A free throw for K. Plouffe sealed the 21-7 victory for Canada with 3.3 seconds remaining.

In Canada’s second game of the day, the Canadians simply couldn't match fourth-seeded Brazil’s hot shooting from deep. The Brazilians shot 8-for-10 from two-point land in the win, compared to just 1-for-11 shooting from two for Canada as Brazil’s Vitoria Marcelino led all scorers with 11 points. She shot 3-for-6 from inside the arc and a perfect 4-for-4 from deep.

Brazil built a 6-1 lead in the first 90 seconds of the game and continued to shoot, and connect from deep. Brazil led 13-3 before M. Plouffe was fouled inside. She made the free throw to get Canada back within single digits with 6:03 remaining, but Marcelino connected on another two, extending Brazil’s lead back to 11 points. K. Plouffe scored inside on a layup, but the Canadians simply couldn’t slow Brazil as Vanessa Fausto Goncalves connected from deep and then Marcelino hit her fourth two-point shot to seal the 21-7 victory.

Up next, the Canadian women will face fifth-seeded Dominican Republic on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 10:10 a.m. ET in the Quarterfinals.

The Canadian men will face fourth-seeded Brazil on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 12:50 p.m. ET in the Quarterfinals.