Canada 97 Czech Republic 79
Kevin Bercy (St. FX), the 2017 Atlantic Player of the Year, enjoyed his best game of the FISU tournament by far, with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Canada started slowly, but took control by the half, as Carleton’s Kaza Kajami-Keane, our MVP on this trip, posted 25 points/ 4 rebounds/ 7 assists. Connor Wood (Carleton), who has played with a leg injury for much of the past 2 weeks, helped the Canadian cause in this Consolation semi-final with 19 points from 5/9 from 3 point range.
The 3rd quarter, with a 27-19 Canada advantage, pretty well iced it. Strong rebounding as a team, led by Bercy, Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles (Ottawa) with 7, and Laval’s Alexandre Leclerc (5) , kept the Czech’s at bay. Canada also forced 20 Czech turnovers, many leading to fast break points.
Canada meets Australia, a 93 – 71 winner over Mexico, in the 9th place game on Tuesday. In the Championship semi-finals it was the U.S. 93 Serbia 61, and Lithuania 77 Latvia 75. Box Score
In Women’s play in Taiwan, the Canadians, who lost in the Championship quarter-finals, wound up beating the Czechs 84-68 on Monday as well. That earned Canada 7th place in the 16 team Women’s field.
Sr. Nationals Lose Opener in Argentina
U.S. Virgin Islands 83 Canada 71 Not a good start for Canada at the FIBA Americas Tournament in Argentina, as their cold shooting cost them against the USVI squad. The Canadians are up against Argentina and Venezuela in other group games this week. The odds are long for a shot at semi-finals for this team. It is a tough assignment without many mainstays needed to compete in World Cup qualifying.
NCAA vs U-Sports Scores –
Carleton 89 St. Francis – Brooklyn (Div 1) 55