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Win over Senegal revives Canada at FIBA
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Hope for last-chance Olympic qualification restored as Joseph takes charge in rescue victory
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By LORI EWING
THE CANADIAN PRESS
  
  

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Friday, September 6, 2019 – Page B15

CHINA -- Canada's men's basketball team finally has a World Cup victory - and some positive momentum in a FIBA World Cup tournament that had been a non-stop narrative of disappointment.

Cory Joseph will take it.

"It's always good when there's a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel, that's always good," the Sacramento Kings guard said.

Two nights after a heartbroken Joseph looked as though he wanted to hop the next plane home, he poured in 24 points - 11 of them in the third quarter - to lift Canada to an 82-60 victory over Senegal for the Canadians' first World Cup victory in 17 years.

Kevin Pangos chipped in with 13 points, Melvin Ejim had 11 and Khem Birch hauled down 10 rebounds to go with six points for the Canadians, who trailed by as many as 13 points early but turned the game around with a dominant third quarter.

No. 23 Canada hadn't won a World Cup game since beating Venezuela to finish 13th at the 2002 World Cup in Indianapolis.

The team went a woeful 0-5 in Turkey in 2010.

"We leave here with some confidence off a win, and got a couple of games to play, and we gotta go play them," coach Nick Nurse said.

The Canadians, who finished third (1-2) in Group H, now fly to Shanghai for two important classification games they hope will earn them an invitation to one of the second-chance Olympic qualifying tournaments next June.

"Obviously [Thursday's win] keeps our Olympic qualifying tournament opportunities alive, and I think it just infuses us with a little bit of positive energy around," said Ejim, whose son Miles was born on Sunday, hours before the team played Australia in their tournament opener.

"We've obviously been down those last two games, but every time you get a win and you realize that it's not that bad, we have goals in front of us that are still attainable, I think [that] tends to change the direction we were going in. This [win] is going to be big for us going into these next two games."

It had not been the FIBA World Cup that Canada would have drawn up: A killer preliminaryround group labelled the "Group of Death." Numerous NBA noshows.

The Canadians already had their work cut out for them before they touched down in China.

Needing to beat at least one of 11th-ranked Australia or No. 7 Lithuania to advance, they lost both games - 108-92 to the Aussies and 92-69 to Lithuania - killing their hopes of earning one of the seven automatic Olympic berths up for grabs.

The Canadians play Jordan on Saturday and Germany on Monday. A pair of victories should earn them a spot in one of the last-chance events.

"Definitely," Birch said. "Those next two games are really important. We needed a win ... a win like this gives us more confidence."

Mouhammad Faye had 14 points to lead 33rd-ranked Senegal (0-3).

Canada got off to a sluggish start against a long and athletic Senegal team as a three-pointer by Xane Dalmeida gave Senegal a 13-point lead late in the first quarter. Canada trailed 22-11 to start the second.

"We got a lot of good looks, we didn't make a lot, but the best thing that we did in that first quarter is we kept rebounding and we kept limiting them and their opportunities," Ejim said.

"So when we went on our run, we weren't in so much of a hole because we had limited them to one-shot opportunities. So as long as we continue to do that ... we play our style, we'll always have a chance no matter what the score is."

Canada found its form in the second. Consecutive three-pointers from Brady Heslip and Pangos capped a 22-4 second-quarter run to give Canada its first lead of the game. Joseph scored on a pull-up jumper to stretch the Canadians' lead to five points, and they went into the halftime break up 33-32.

A Pangos three put Canada up by 10 with 3 minutes 11 seconds to play in the third. The FC Barcelona point guard connected on another shot from deep with 53 seconds left in the quarter, and Canada cruised into the fourth at Dongguan Basketball Centre up 59-46.

"We came out in the third quarter and we just picked up our energy, picked up our aggressiveness. We were able to get a couple more stops, stopped them from crashing the boards a little bit," Joseph said. "And in terms of my 11 points, my teammates did a good job, I was able to get a couple to go, and they did a good job of setting screens and finding me when I got a little bit hot."

The Canadians, who were too passive on the boards in their first two games, outrebounded Senegal 47-35.

"There was an emphasis for us just to crash the boards, starting with me and the bigs. ... I think we did a good job today. We hit them early and got some rebounds and I think they kind of stopped going [to the boards] late in the game," Ejim said.

In the late game, Australia beat Lithuania 87-82 to lock up first place in Group H.

Despite losing to both teams, Nurse said there were take-aways from those games.

"I think we got a really good look at obviously two of the best teams in the world, right?" Nurse said. "You get a chance to see what they look like, and go out there and grind it out with them and bang against them, and then you just keep playing, right? I thought we had some great stretches in both the Australia and Lithuania games, and just had too many really bad stretches."

The results of the other World Cup groups say plenty about how tough Canada's preliminaryround opponents were. Canada swept Brazil and beat Venezuela and the Dominican Republic in World Cup qualifying. Those three countries advanced out of their World Cup groups against teams way down in the world rankings.

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Canada's Cory Joseph drives to the basket during a 24-point performance against Senegal on Thursday at the FIBA World Cup in Dongguan, China. The Canadians finish with a 1-2 record in their group and next travel to Shanghai for two important classification games.

ZHIZHAO WU/GETTY IMAGES


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