FIBA OQT: Canada beats Turkey behind Joseph’s hot shooting night

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Pasay City, Philippines – The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Olympic Qualifiers in Manila kicked off at the SM Mall of Asia Arena with Canada beating Turkey, 77-69, putting their team with a foot inside the door of the semi-final round.

Canada went off to a very hot start and they were led by their team captain, Cory Joseph, who had 10 points in the first half while Tristan Thompson chipped in with 7 points to help their team capture the early lead, 39-30.

The momentum was carried on by the Canadians during the start the second half with Joseph scoring 11 more points in the third quarter and carrying a 12 point lead heading to the final quarter of play and maintained the pace to seal the win at 77-69.

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“We were up by thirteen but it felt like a very tight basketball game,” said coach Howard Triano of Canada. “We were concerned with the way the shoot the basketball and put it ┬áinside as well.”

Turkey will face Senegal two nights from now and is facing a must win scenario to keep their semi-finals hopes alive.

The scores:

Canada (77) – Joseph 21, Thompson 10, P. Scrubb 10, T. Scrubb 9, Ejim 7, Heslip 6, Ennis 6, Birch 4, Bennett 4.

Turkey (69) – Guler 14, Osman 10, Mahmutoglu 9, Batuk 8, Erden 8, Savas 7, Asik 4,Geyik 4, Korkmaz 2, Sipahi 2Muhammed 1, Arslan 0.

Quarterscores: 21-17; 39-30; 59-47; 77-69

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