The five-man team representing Canada defeated the Dominican Republic 85-79 at the Palacio de los Deportes Virgilio Traviso Soto to extend their unbeaten record to 3-0 and take over the leadership of Group C of the United States on Saturday. Second window to the qualifying round for the Basketball World Cup 20-23.
The Dominican are now 1-2 second. The Bahamas, who beat the Virgin Islands the previous day, 1-2, the Islanders put their record in the aforementioned group as 0-3, with the first places qualifying for the next round. Six teams with Group A.
The well-distributed offense was crucial to the Canadians’ victory, with four fours led by Kyle Witzer scoring 15 points.
Widger was followed by Bill Scrub (14), Gaza Kazami-Keane (13) and Cassius Robertson (10).
In the defeat of the Dominican Quintet, Captain Victor Lees stood alone with 29 points and was the top scorer of the challenge.
However, the Dominican team had a chaotic offense last night and were ugly from the free throw line, with 21 attempts failing.
In the most difficult first half, both teams put up more defenses and the Canadian troops went into the break with a six-point lead on board (42-36), with Kyler Alexander being their best man. That area with 8 points.
For the Dominican Republic, once again Captain Victor Liz was very active in quick defense and offense, scoring 14 runs in that first half.
Starting in the third quarter, the Canadians again imposed their best ball rotation on offense, which was able to combine with the advantage seen at height under the boards, and by the end of that period they dominated 64-56.
The Dominican team put pressure in the last quarter, but could not cope with the dominance and advantage of the visiting team.
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