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FIBA Americas: Canada cares not for your home court advantage, downs Mexico 94-73

Canada beat Mexico in a hostile environment in Mexico City to take their win streak to 5.

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

In what was supposed to be their toughest test since losing to Argentina in the opening game of the FIBA Americas, Canada showed that they'd come a long way in just a week's time. Last night they registered a resounding W over Mexico, 94-73. It's fair to say that Canada, Mexico and Argentina are a class above the rest of the competition in this tournament. Mexico came into this game undefeated, while Canada suffered their lone loss against Luis Scola (of the Raptors, by the way) and Argentina.

Right out of the gate, Canada showed they were up to the test as they ran out to a 26-17 lead after one quarter. A notable strength of Canada has been their depth and bench-play, and this game was no different. Melvin Ejim, Andrew Nicholson and Phil Scrubb continued to build on Canada's lead and stretched it out to 22 at the half.

The rest of the game was smooth sailing, as the Mexicans wouldn't get within 15 points until the 4 minute mark of the final frame. After a quick time-out to patch up the mistakes, Canada once again stretched the lead out to 20 and ended the game 94-73.


  • Andrew Wiggins looked absolutely fantastic in the first half. He finished 6-10, 4-4 from 3 for 17 points. When his feet are set, his jumper is very impressive. He's a handle away from being extremely scary.
  • Melvin Ejim once again did all the dirty work for Canada. He shot 5-7, had 8 rebounds and 3 assists, in addition to his typical tenacious defence.
  • It's good to see Nicholson find some form once again. In FIBA play, his bag of tricks in the post are nearly impossible to stop.
  • Raptors PG Cory Joseph is a great floor general for this young team. He plays within himself and does a great job distributing to his teammates as he led the team in assists once again with 6.
So Canada would ideally want to finish in first place so as to avoid Argentina or Mexico in the semis. Again, the winner of the semis gets an automatic qualifier spot in Rio. To finish in first, Canada has to take care of business against the Dominican Republic tomorrow at 2:30 EST, and hope that Mexico can give Argentina their first defeat of the tournament. At that point, the tiebreaker would be the point differential in games played between those three teams. Canada sits pretty at +14 by virtue of this blow-out win against Mexico.

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