Canada Returns Defending FIBA World Cup Champions and Secures Tickets to the 2024 Olympics
JAKARTA – A historic moment was created at the Indonesia Arena, Gelora Bung Karno Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, on Sunday (3/9/2023) WIB. Canada made a remarkable achievement, following in Latvia’s footsteps, by reaching the final eight in the FIBA World Cup for the first time since 1994.
Canada won a ticket to the quarter-finals of the 2023 FIBA World Cup after beating defending champion Spain with a score of 88-85 in the deciding match in Group L. The match was watched by more than 13 thousand spectators at the Indonesia Arena. This victory earned Canada the status of Group L winners, and they will face Group K runners-up, Slovenia, in the last eight in Manila.
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However, the achievement of entering the quarter-finals is not the only achievement achieved by the Canadian team. They also managed to win tickets to compete in the Paris Olympics next year, becoming one of the top two teams from America in this FIBA World Cup. This is the first participation of the Canadian men’s basketball team in the Olympics since 2000.
Unstoppable joy and enthusiasm could be seen on the faces of the Canadian players, especially guard RJ Barret, who happily danced in front of the media crew after their big win over Spain. Moreover, Canada experienced a slump, trailing by 12 points during the fourth quarter, before finally coming back to win.
“We’re going to the Olympics, it’s absolutely amazing,” Barrett said.
Barrett emphasized that the Canadian team had to work hard in the fourth quarter after falling behind, but Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s composure and Dillon Brooks’ skill allowed them to overcome the difficult situation.
Meanwhile, Brooks revealed that the key to his success in the fourth quarter was confidence and the support of his teammates in making decisions on the field.
“We also managed to improve our defense,” added Brooks.
The game started with the score tied at 21-21 at the end of the first quarter, but Spain managed to lead 48-38 at the end of the second quarter. This lead even widened to 73-61 at the end of the third quarter. However, Canada never gave up, especially after their performance improved in the fourth quarter.