Canada will continue second round action Tuesday night when they take on the host Mexico team. Corey Joseph pitched in 15 points, three assists and four rebounds, and Brady Heslip couldn’t miss, draining seven 3-pointers on his way to 23 points.
Canada is now 3-1 in the tournament with their sole lost to Argentina sitting second place in the standings. Mexico can redeem their second place seeding with a win tonight over Puerto Rico but tie with a loss.
The star-studded Canadian squad will also resume their quest for the title, which will give them an automatic ticket to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Argentina still has two games left to play in the second round against Dominican Republic and Mexico but secured its spot in the semifinals with 10 points. “We know how to play even when we are above in the score”, said Valdeolmillos.
There’s still plenty of seeding possibilities up in the air going into Wednesday’s final slate of round robin games.
A 94-73 victory over Mexico in front of 15,000 screaming, whistling, fervent fans, was a giant step in the maturation process of a team that is running roughshod over the FIBA Americas championship.
That’s all Canada needed here Tuesday night, a blistering start to a game that carried significance far beyond its one-sided result in order to announce its arrival as a group mature beyond its years and talented beyond belief. The reigning National Basketball Association rookie of the year said in the build-up that insane crowds got him going, and then he showed it. He opened the game with a triple, scored in transition and added another triple.
Blazers assistant coach Jay Triano and the Canadians are two games away from accomplishing their goal. Wiggins led Canada with 17 points in the 21 point win. This is a good a Canadian team as there has ever been but Nash also wants to see what it can lead to.
“It’s going to be a new experience for our guys, an invaluable experience for them”, said Nash.
“It’s a simple formula”, said Nicholson, a physics major. “We’ve had the opportunity to grow as a team and I don’t know if the timing could be better right now”. To do that, they’ll need to take care of business against the Dominican Republic Wednesday afternoon and hope that Mexico defeats Argentina by 35 points or less in the late game. Do you think that makes playing for Canada in the future more appealing to Wiggins?