Matchup: Canada vs. China
Where to watch
Date: Wednesday, June 30
Time: 7:05 p.m.
TV: CBC and DAZN (Canada), ESPN+ (United States), Livebasketball.tv (Global)
Location: Victoria Memorial Arena, Victoria, British Columbia
|1||Luguentz Dort||G||6'4"||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2||Trae Bell-Haynes||G||6'2"||Crailaheim Merlins|
|4||Nickeil Alexander-Walker||G||6'5"||New Orleans Pelicans|
|6||Cory Joseph||G||6'4"||Detroit Pistons|
|7||Dwight Powell||F||6'9"||Dallas Mavericks|
|8||Trey Lyles||C||6'10"||San Antonio Spurs|
|9||RJ Barrett||G||6'5"||New York Knicks|
|10||Anthony Bennett||F||6'8"||Cangrejeros de Santurce|
|11||Aaron Doornekamp||F||6'7"||Lenovo Tenerife|
|22||Andrew Wiggins||G||6'7"||Golden State Warriors|
|23||Mychal Mulder||G||6'4"||Golden State Warriors|
|44||Andrew Nicholson||F||6'9"||Fujian Sturgeons|
Canada got out to a slower than expected start against Greece, the result of stagnant offence against a zone defence and some shaky defence on their behalf. Greece got hot from beyond the arc early on, but Canada was able to keep the game close thanks to a second quarter scoring outburst from 22-year-old Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who poured in 10 points in the frame during his Senior Men's National Team debut.
MORE: Alexander-Walker's offensive spark is what Canada needs
With that run breathing some life into Canada, the team was able to match Greece's initial energy and take back the lead early in the third quarter. From there, stars Andrew Wiggins and RJ Barrett took over, leading to monster scoring outputs from the dynamic duo.
Wiggins finished with 23 points while shooting 9-for-16 from the field and 3-for-6 from 3-point range, knocking down clutch shots down the stretch to put Greece away. 18 of Barrett's 22 points came in the second half, as the 21-year-old asserted his dominance by putting constant pressure on the rim, attacking Greece's defence.
MORE: Wiggins, Barrett explode as Canada defeats Greece
Dwight Powell was a factor inside, establishing himself as a constant lob threat and a presence on the glass. He finished with 12 points (4-4 FG) and seven rebounds. Against a bigger China team with seven players over 6-foot-9, Powell's physicality will play a huge role in how successful Canada is against their next opponent.
China has yet to play a game in this tournament, but expect 6-foot-11 center Qi Zhou, a second-round pick by the Houston Rockets in the 2016 NBA Draft, to leave an imprint.
This contest will be the third of four games played in Group A, where each team plays each other once. The top two teams advance to the Qualifying Tournament's Final Four, where they will face off against the top two teams from Group B with one ticket to the Tokyo Olympics on the line.
A win for Canada clinches a spot in the four-team tournament to try and earn that ticket.
Here's the schedule for Group A:
|Tuesday, June 29||Canada 97, Greece 91||-|
|Wednesday, June 30||China vs. Canada||7:05 p.m.|
|Thursday, July 1||Greece vs. China||7:05 p.m.|
Canada vs. China: Betting odds, spread, over/under
Spread: Canada -23.5 (-120) , China +23.5 (-120)
Canada Money Line: -20000
China Money Line: +1600
Over/under: 172.5 (-115)
Odds courtesy of Bet365.
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