VALDIVIA, CHILE (September 17, 2018) – Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team picked up a 84-61 win on the road over Chile to improve to 7-1 in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers.
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Joel Anthony scored a game-high 17 points and added five rebounds and three blocks for Canada. Brady Heslip shot 50% from beyond the arc, scoring 12 points, while Justin Jackson added 10 points and six rebounds in his Qualifiers debut.
Leading 23-16 after the first quarter, Canada stretched their lead to 13 points and entered halftime with a 43-30 lead.
Backed by a sellout crowd at Coliseo Antonio Azurmendy in Valdivia, Chile shrunk the Canadian lead to just six points before Canada answered with a 15-1 run to end the quarter and head into the fourth with 20-point advantage, 66-46.
With a comfortable lead, Canada outscored Chile for the fourth straight quarter and cruised to the 84-61 victory. With the win, Canada moves back into first place in Group F with a 7-1 record.
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“Obviously it’s really difficult playing on the road, especially with this format. To have that long travel and have the guys able to take care of their bodies… We stayed mentally and physically focused and came out and executed the game plan. Everyone really stepped up and did a good job securing us a really important win.” – Joel Anthony
“Great and important road win with an electric crowd in Valdivia, Chile. I thought our guys once again showed mental toughness and resilience to win this type of game. We never folded, were always together and proud to be Canadian.” – Head Coach Roy Rana
Canada head back out on the road for a first-place showdown with Venezuela on Friday, November 30. Catch all the action streaming live in Canada on DAZN.
Courtesy Canada Basketball