Canada beats Lebanon at 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup

R.J. Barrett (All Pro Reels, Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada has improved to a record of two wins and zero losses at the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Asia. On Sunday from Jakarta, Indonesia, Canada trounced Lebanon 128-73.

New York Knicks shooting guard RJ Barrett of Toronto, Ontario led Canada in points with 17. He was one of nine Canadians to reach double digits in scoring. The other eight were point guard Trae Bell-Haynes of Toronto (15 points), Melvin Ejim of Toronto (13 points), Minnesota Timberwolves guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker of Toronto (12 points), Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of Toronto (12 points), Utah Jazz center Kelly Olynyk of Toronto (12 points), center Zach Edey of Toronto (12 points), Houston Rockets small forward Dillon Brooks of Mississauga, Ontario (10 points), and Kyle Alexander of Scarborough, Ontario (10 points). Olynyk led Canada with eight rebounds and Bell-Haynes led Canada with eight assists.

With the win, Canada has reached the second round. The big surprise in Group H on Sunday was the fact that Latvia beat France 88-86. With the Latvia win, France has been eliminated from the World Cup. Latvia will move on alongside Canada. Other nations that are also in the second round are the United States, Lithuania, Montenegro, Germany, and Spain. Canada has their next game on Tuesday against Latvia.

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