The Canadian senior men’s national team continued with their winning ways this past Saturday with an 83-66 win over the republic of Georgia.
Burlington Ont. native Brady Heslip led all Canadians with 14 points, while Zaza Pachulia led Georgia with 11 points.
His uncle, head coach Jay Triano, couldn’t of been happier.
Mississauga Ont. native Andrew Nicholson (current Orlando Magic, former Goetz Gator!) also tacked on 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists for Canada.
After ending the first quarter tied at 17, Canada would outscore Georgia in every other quarter by a combined total of 66-49.
Georgia managed an efficient 53% from the field, but was out-rebounded, leaving the Canadians with a number of transitional buckets that allowed them to take a comfortable lead and never looked back.
A Look Ahead
Canada will now spend the next couple of days practicing and resting in Slovenia, before flying to Croatia for two straight games against that host nation on July 31st and August 2nd.
So far the trip has been a positive one set on building chemistry, but it will only get harder from here as Canada will look to take on a number of talented European programs, including Italy, Bosnia, and the #2 world ranked Spain in the next two weeks.
Still no word yet on whether Andrew Wiggins will be joining the Canadians for the rest of the tour.
Both he and Sacramento Kings draft pick Nick Stauskas expressed interest last week in joining the team for the tour at some point after the conclusion of the NBA Summer League.
At this point, it is probably a stretch to see either one of them suit up for Canada this year, but one could only hope!
Stay updated on Canada’s progress as always by checking out Basketball Canada’s official website.
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