Canada Advances to FIBA World Cup Semifinals in a heated game vs Slovenia

Published September 6, 2023 at 11:24

Canada has secured a spot in the FIBA World Cup semifinals with a remarkable performance, defying all odds. In a thrilling quarterfinal clash against Slovenia, led by the talented Luka Doncic, Canada turned the tide from a tied halftime score of 50-50 to emerge victorious with a commanding 100-89 final score.

During a crucial phase in the fourth quarter, Canada faced adversity as Dillon Brooks, a pivotal player, was ejected from the game with slightly over seven minutes left on the clock. However, in an unexpected turn of events, Doncic was also ejected from the game just moments after Brooks, following a technical foul for disputing referee decisions.

At this juncture, Canada was comfortably ahead with a 92-77 lead.

Even without their star player, Slovenia attempted a remarkable comeback, but their efforts seemed too little and too late. Once again, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander demonstrated his prowess, leading Canada with an outstanding 31-point performance, topping the charts in scoring.

While Canada took some time to find their rhythm, this victory marked their fifth win in six games at this year's tournament, showcasing their resilience and skill. Moreover, Canada's journey in the tournament has already been a resounding success, as they secured a spot in the 2024 Paris Olympics with a sensational comeback win against Spain in the second round.

Looking ahead, Canada is set to clash with Serbia in the semifinals, with the tantalizing prospect of reaching the gold medal game. This pivotal matchup is scheduled for Friday morning, and the exact time will be announced soon. In the other semifinal showdown, the United States and Germany will battle it out, with the game set for 5:40 am PT/8:40 am ET. Fans across the nation can catch all the action, including the gold and bronze medal games on Sunday, as it will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet.
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Canada Advances to FIBA World Cup Semifinals in a heated game vs Slovenia

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