September 27, 2021

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Tomasz Sadoranski stops Canada’s dream of going to Tokyo

Tomas Sodoransky It ended Canada’s hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics.

A Sodoransky jumper with 1.8 seconds left in the Czech Republic’s 103-101 victory over Canada in the semifinals of Saturday’s Olympic qualifiers in Victoria, British Columbia.

This is a wild end to a wild game: Canada was six behind, less than 20 seconds before regulation time Andrew Wiggins He scored six points in 7.5 seconds to level the game, then rallied from a five-point deficit in the final 2:18 of Czech extra time.

Blake Shilp scored 31 points for sex (2-1) against Greece or Turkey in Sunday’s title match in Victoria. Four qualifying bases, Lithuania, Canada, Serbia and Croatia, will host the Championship on Sunday to determine the last four Olympic men’s basketball teams.

For the Cedores, Sodoranski scored 18 points, Patrick Ada 16 points and Ontrage Paulin 14 points.

R.J. Barrett Led Canada with 23 points. Wiggins 22, Nick Alexander-Walker 21 and over Tray Liles He had 10 points and 11 hosts.

Canada trailed by 12 points with 8:30 left in regulation time and nine points in the last minute of the quarter, forcing overtime with a frantic comeback. With 17.2 seconds left, Wiggins scored and Alexander-Walker stole the inning pass with 17.2 seconds left to give Canada a 94-91 lead, with 3 points 10.7 seconds remaining.

Canada then won the first five points of overtime, but trailed 9-2 the rest of the way and lost the Olympics for the fifth time in a row. Canadians last competed in the men’s basketball Olympics in 2000.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.