It was a match between David and Goliath. But, this time, David didn’t come out on top.
Canada remains the only unbeaten team in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers for the Americas, beating Panama 112-71 on Sunday night at the Edmonton Expo Center.
Canada, currently leading 10-0, qualified for the 2023 FIBA World Cup on Thursday with a landslide victory over Venezuela.
Panama went through with a score of 2-8, and finished at the bottom of the qualifying group.
Canada took the lead thanks to Aaron Best’s 22-point, two-assist performance. Kassius Robertson has 13 points and 3 assists.
Panama got 14 points and 9 rebounds from Ernesto Ogilvie.
Canada beat Panama in a completely different style than it beat Venezuela. Against the Venezuelans, the Canadians dominated the glass and expanded their fortunes with counterattacks. On Sunday, Canada doesn’t have to be excellent counter-attackers, they are simply excellent shooters.
As a team, Canada shot 53% into the net of the Panamanians, while holding the away team with a 39% shot accuracy.
All 12 Canadian players are on the scoreboard.
Sunday’s match felt like a celebration after qualifying. The 10-0 scoreline near the end of the first half confirmed Canada’s dominance and fans watched a Canadian team try to score as if it were an All-Star game.
It felt like every time Canada hit the floor, the home team wanted to put on a show.
Trae Bell-Haynes left the crowd gasping when his cross dribble sent Panamanian defender Eugenio Bocaz to the floor. Center Connor Morgan completed a circus lane pass from Kassius Robertson with a thunderous pitch. Melvin Ejim dropped a thunderous pitch after a quick breakout. Thomas Scrubb threw a fast ball across the field to his brother, Phil Scrubb, who passed it to Robertson with a score of three. Jean-Victor Mukama throws down a pitch after going above the belt to recover.
For a group of non-NBA Canadian players who aren’t household names, this is an opportunity to show how far-reaching the country is when it comes to basketball talent.
And, the Canadians stormed the three-point territory, hitting a total of 19 shots from behind the arc.
NEXT FOR CANADA
The players all returned to their club teams. Canada’s next FIBA qualifier is set for February 23, 2023, en route to Argentina, which placed 4th.
Canada is ranked 15th by FIBA, Panama is 51st. | Panama arrives in Canada after an 83-79 loss to the Bahamas on Nov. 11, | Canada beat Panama 106-50 on August 29 in Panama City. | Jahvon Blair has been added to Canada’s squad for the match against Panama, replacing defender Kenny Chery, who had to return to Turkey after Thursday’s win over Venezuela because of his commitments to the sentence. club.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 13, 2022.