Less than a day after earning a win over Greece, Team Canada closed out the Group Phase with a dominant win.
Led by 20 points from Andrew Wiggins, Canada cruised to a 109-79 victory over China to move to 2-0 in the Group Phase as it moves on to the Semifinals, where the stakes become much much higher. China, which is set for a meeting with Greece on Thursday, was led by 24 points from Mingxuan Hu.
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Final: Canada 109, China 79
- That's a wrap.
Behind 20 points from Andrew Wiggins, Canada cruises to a convincing 30-point win over China. Wiggins was one of seven Canadians to finish in double figures, with RJ Barrett adding 16 points and Andrew Nicholson chipping in with 14.
- Approaching the midway point of the final frame, Canada leads by 26.
Two free throws from Andrew Wiggins bring his total for the evening to 20 points as Canada leads 98-72 with 5:05 left in the game.
As time winds down, Aaron Doornekamp checks in for the first time.
End of Third Quarter: Canada 79, China 65
- Canada is keeping China at an arm's length, but China certainly won't go away.
A triple from Mingxuan Hu caps off a 9-0 run for China to close the quarter and cut the deficit to 14 points. Canada has responded to each one of China's runs in the game and will look to do so again to pull away in the final frame.
- You should probably make sure you box Luguentz Dort out.
Lu Dort rises up for the put-back dunk! 🇨🇦@CanBball | #FIBAOQT pic.twitter.com/EiXpPwsen6- DAZN Canada (@DAZN_CA) July 1, 2021
- As we cross the midway point of the third, Canada leads by 14.
Canada leads 68-54 with 4:57 on the clock.
At a dead ball, Nick Nurse brings in Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Luguentz Dort to provide bursts on each side of the floor.
Halftime: Canada 59, China 46
- We've reached the halftime break.
Canada takes a 13-point lead into the locker room after China closes the first half on a 7-0 run.
RJ Barrett is up to 10 points, tied for a game-high with China's Zhou Qi. It's been a balanced attack for Canada, which has also seen Andrew Nicholson (9), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (8), Dwight Powell (8) and Andrew Wiggins (8) bring it offensively.
"You get a THREE, you get a THREE, you get a THREE"- CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) June 30, 2021
- Nick Nurse, probably 🇨🇦🔥
🇨🇳 46 - 59 🇨🇦 at the half with 11 threes for Canada 🙌@CanBball #FIBAOQT
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Canada is shooting 11-for-24 from deep while China is just 5-for-15.
- One more timeout before the half.
Break in the action as Canada leads 59-46 with 3.6 seconds left in the second quarter.
- There's another timeout on the floor and Canada still leads by 15.
Canada leads 52-37 with 2:58 remaining in the opening half.
Andrew Nicholson still leads Canada with nine points but Andrew Wiggins and Nickeil Alexander-Walker have each scored eight points apiece. Canada is on fire from deep and has knocked down 10 triples already, while China is just 3-for-13.
- Canada is starting to create some separation.
A layup from Andrew Nicholson brings his total to nine points on the night and gives Canada a 41-26 lead with 6:48 remaining in the half. While Nicholson has a team-high Andrew Wiggins isn't far behind with eight points (on 3-for-4 shooting).
China is led by 10 points (on 5-for-6 shooting) from Zhou Qi but the team has fallen to 2-for-11 from deep.
End of First Quarter: Canada 27, China 19
🍁🔘🔘🔘#FIBAOQT pic.twitter.com/u32i6tc3oI- Canada Basketball (@CanBball) June 30, 2021
- One quarter is in the books and Canada has built an eight-point lead.
Canada is doing work from the perimeter, shooting 5-for-12 from beyond the arc in the opening frame while China has shot 1-for-9 from deep. Canada is also making a living on the offensive glass, parlaying five offensive rebounds into 10 second chance points, while China has yet to take advantage of its three offensive boards.
Canada has also forced five turnovers.
- As the first quarter winds down, Canada is starting to heat up, prompting China to call the first timeout of the night.
A 3-pointer from Andrew Nicholson gives Canada a 27-19 advantage with 49.2 seconds remaining in the opening frame. Nicholson and Andrew Wiggins each have scored five points apiece to lead the way for Canada while Zhou Qi leads China with eight points.
- As we cross the midway point of the opening frame, things are all knotted up at 15.
Canada maximizing their offensive output early 💪#FIBAOQT 🇨🇦🏀- CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) June 30, 2021
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Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who had a big game against Greece on Tuesday has checked in for Team Canada to provide a boost of offence off of the bench.
Canada will run it back with the same starting lineup of Cory Joseph, RJ Barrett, Andrew Wiggins, Trey Lyles and Dwight Powell.
🇨🇦 Starting 5️⃣ vs. China 🇨🇳 #FIBAOQT pic.twitter.com/9YX5zpCSY1- Canada Basketball (@CanBball) June 30, 2021
Tip-off is 30 minutes away, are you ready?
Canada 🇨🇦 and China 🇨🇳 clash as FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament continues in Victoria.- Canada Basketball (@CanBball) June 30, 2021
Everything you need to know ahead of tip-off at 7:05 PM ET, live on @cbcgem and @DAZN_CA.
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