BOCAUE, PHILIPPINES (June 9, 2018) – Team Canada team kicked off the FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2018 with a pair of victories over Mongolia and Russia on Saturday morning to finish day one of the tournament with a 2-0 record. Canada began the day with a 21-15 win over Mongolia, followed by a 20-17 victory over No. 3 Russia.
With the pair of wins, Canada will look to continue this momemtum as they move on to face the host Filipino team followed by a matchup with No. 6 Brazil on Monday morning.
Steve Sir led the way for Canada in their Canada’s FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2018 debut, pouring in nine points while hitting four shots from beyond the arc. Jermaine Bucknor, Michael Lieffers, and 3×3 veteran Michael Linklater each made their mark, scoring four points each in the win.
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After falling behind 8-0 to Mongolia to begin the game, Canada battled back soon after with a 14-1 run of their down to build a lead of their own. Neither team found a way to pull ahead decisively for much of the game, but Canada would go on one final run, capped off with a long-range shot from Steve Sir, to give them an eventual 21-15 victory over Mongolia.
Steve Sir once again led the offense for Team Canada in their game against Russia. Sir totalled 12 points off of 4 1-point conversions, 3 2-point conversions and 2 free throw conversions. Next up on the stat sheet for Team Canada was Michael Lieffers who was efficient in the paint, getting 4 of his 5 points from close range.
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Canada stayed on top for a majority of the game against Russia. Solid defense and consistent shooting held Russia just short of taking the lead until the last 3 minutes of the game. In a very contested and defensive heavy game, despite Russia’s final push for the lead, Canada was able to remain on top and seal the victory, 20-17 at the end of regulation.
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Steve Sir: “Winning when you are representing your country in 3×3 for the first time is something special”
Canada’s pursuit of a FIBA 3×3 World Cup championship will continue this Monday as they look to sweep Pool C with matchups against the Philippines and Brazil.
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