Canada’s National Basketball team showed their true worth pulling off a 97-61 win over the Dominican Republic on Friday night.

Written by  Wala Ama

Team Canada (4-1) faced its first round contender, the Dominican Republic (4-1) as the FIBA game qualifier series continues for the 2019 Inaugural World Cup to be held in China.

The Dominican Republic met Canada last in November 2017, beating them by 12 points, with the final score sitting at 88-76. This time, team Canada came looking for revenge against the Dominicans at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, and they certainly got what they came for.

Canada’s head coach and the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets assistant coach, Jay Triano made some clever decisions picking the night’s roster. He gave equal opportunity to everyone on the Canadian squad to run the floor.

“We played a lot of players that had a unique ability, kept them upfront, we were able to share the ball and talking to the players before and you know the aim was to trust each other,” he explained.

Canada forward Melvin Ejim and Duke’s freshman point guard R.J Barrett managed to put up 28 points and ten rebounds combined to help maintain a deep gap between them and the Dominican Republic squad.

RJ Barret | Cred : Rhyan Correia

NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks and the Miami Heat’s forward Kelly Olynyk came out to protect their country’s title, scoring 28 points and notching 11 rebounds.

Canada delivered a show filled with intensity to all of the Canadian fans that came out to see the World Cup qualifiers.

“These guys represent Canada, they love the game of basketball, they like to play the game and they love their country,” said Triano. “I hope more people will come out and celebrate that.”

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Andrew Nembhard | Cred: Rhyan Correia

Coach Triano proceeded to explain his impromptu decision to select number one point-guard in the country and FIBAU18 Silver medal winner, Andrew Nembhard to be part of the national team roster. He said that he made the decision last week and he doesn’t regret it as Nembhard didn’t fail to impress the crowd with his excellence.

Nembhard will be joining Florida State next year. He and Duke freshman R.J Barrett garnered quite a bit of attention during the game, not only for what they were capable of bringing to the game but also because of their young age. Both are just eighteen years old.  via