Canada trounces China in FIBA Olympic men’s basketball qualifier

Andrew Wiggins (Susan Lesch, Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada has won their second straight game at the 2021 FIBA Olympic Men’s Basketball Qualifier in Victoria, British Columbia. On Wednesday, Canada hammered China 109-79. With the win, Canada is guaranteed a spot in the semifinals as the number one seed in Group A.

For the second straight game, Golden State Warriors small forward Andrew Wiggins of Toronto, Ontario led Team Canada in scoring. After notching 23 points in Canada’s 97-91 win over Greece on Tuesday, Wiggins had 20 points in Canada’s 30-point win over China on Wednesday.

In all, seven Canadians reached double digits in scoring. New York Knicks shooting guard RJ Barrett of Toronto, Ontario had 16 points, Fujian Sturgeons power forward Andrew Nicholson of Mississauga, Ontario had 14 points, Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell had 12 points, while San Antonio Spurs power forward Trey Lyles of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Luguentz Dort of Montreal, Quebec, and New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker of Toronto, Ontario all had 11 points.

Team Canada won each quarter in the game. They outscored China 27-19 in the first quarter, 32-27 in the second quarter, 20-19 in the third quarter, and 30-14 in the fourth quarter. Canada will play its semifinal game on Saturday afternoon against either Uruguay or the Czech Republic.

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