Cana­dian men’s bas­ket­ball team com­pletes pre-World Cup sweep of New Zealand

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports -

SYD­NEY, AUS­TRALIA — Phil Scrubb scored 24 points as Canada’s men’s bas­ket­ball team com­pleted a two-game sweep of New Zealand with a 103-100 over­time win in pre-FIBA World Cup ac­tion on Wed­nes­day.

Canada is now 4-2 in ex­hi­bi­tion play head­ing into its fi­nal friendly on Mon­day against the United States in Syd­ney. The Cana­di­ans open World Cup play Sept. 1 against Aus­tralia in China.

Khem Birch of the Or­lando Magic is cur­rently the only Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion player with the Cana­di­ans in Aus­tralia, but Canada coach Nick Nurse says an­other is on his way.

Nurse, also coach of the Toronto Rap­tors, told re­porters Sacramento Kings point guard Cory Joseph is “100 per cent still com­ing,” and has a flight booked to China.

Joseph was in Canada’s camp at home ear­lier this month, but did not make the trip to Aus­tralia and has missed the past four games.

It was the sec­ond win in as many days for Canada over New Zealand. The Cana­di­ans won 122-88 on Tues­day.

Kyle Wilt­jer added 18 points and five re­bounds on Wed­nes­day, Kevin Pan­gos had 17 points and nine as­sists. Oshae Bris­sett had 12 points and 12 re­bounds and Owen Klassen also had a dou­ble­dou­ble (10 points, 10 re­bounds).

Corey Web­ster scored a game­high 33 points for New Zealand.

New Zealand erased a 10-point deficit in the fi­nal 7:05 to force over­time af­ter Klassen and Wilt­jer missed at­tempts in the fi­nal sec­onds.

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