CANADA DEFEATS BRAZIL TO QUALIFY FOR THE FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP 2019
SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL (December 3, 2018) - Canada's Senior Men's National Team defeated Brazil 94-67 on Monday night to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.
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Canada’s victory improved their record to 8-2 and with just two games remaining in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers, guaranteed a berth in next summer’s FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.
For the second game in a row, Kyle Wiltjer led all scorers with a game-high 25 points and seven rebounds for Canada. Phil Scrubb added 15 points and six assists, while his brother, Thomas Scrubb, scored 14 points of his own in the victory. Duane Notice and Kyle Landry finished with 10 points each. Marquinhos Sousa scored a team-high 17 points for Brazil.
Trailing Brazil by just two points after the first quarter, Canada exploded in the second with an 8-0 run to re-establish the lead. Outscoring Brazil 19-4 helped the Canadians establish a comfortable lead and entered halftime with an 11 point advantage, 45-34.
With a berth in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in sight, Canada continued their offensive explosion in the second half. A 31-18 advantage for the red and white in the third quarter saw the lead grow to 24 with 10 minutes to play.
Outscoring Brazil for the third quarter in a row, Canada punched their ticket to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 with a 94-67 victory.
Canada becomes the 18th team to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, joining:
Tournament hosts: China
Africa: Angola, Nigeria, Tunisia
Americas: Argentina, Canada, USA, Venezuela
Asia: Australia, Korea, New Zealand
Europe: Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Spain, Turkey
Canada’s appearance at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will be the team’s 14th at the tournament and the first since the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
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"A great and historic win for our country. Character wins and I could not be more proud of all the guys who helped us through the windows to date as we now advance to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China. We’re especially grateful for the leadership of Joel Anthony. A Canadian basketball treasure!” – Head Coach Roy Rana
"It's a great feeling. It's been a long time since this country has had a chance to be back on the world stage. I remember when we qualified the last time and just a really proud feeling to be able to be back and see us get back there. To be able to be a part of it is extremely special to me. I'm just really happy, grateful, thankful and excited that we're able to be back where we belong." - Joel Anthony
"It feels amazing to travel all this way and accomplish our goal." - Kyle Wiltjer
"Proud of this team and we'll see you in China." - Brady Heslip
"Good team win tonight. Exciting to be a part of it and looking forward to St. John's." - Conor Morgan
"Spectacular. It was a lot of fun to win this game and accomplish our goal of qualifying for the World Cup in China." - Kyle Landry
"I'm just excited and honoured to represent our country in qualifying for the World Cup. Just have to continue to strive to become better and put ourselves in position to win alot more games." - Kaza Kajami-Keane
Canada heads home to face Chile on Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 PM ET. Tickets are on sale now.