Top performers from Gameday 2 of Window 5
MIAMI (United States) - Window 5 of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Americas Qualifiers has come to an end, and the top performers from this window stepped up for their national teams in crucial games.
As we say goodbye to the last window of 2022 before attention gets turned to the final window in February 2023, let's look at who stood out on Gameday 2 of Window 5.
Bruno Caboclo, who was also named to the top performers from Gameday 1 of Window 5, once again made the top five after finishing with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks in Brazil's big 102-56 win over Mexico, as they wrapped up the window 2-0 to move into second place in Group F.
Canada continued their dominance in the qualifiers, as they remained unbeaten at 10-0 in Group E. Aaron Best had a breakout game in a 112-71 blowout of Panama, recording 22 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals on an efficient 6-of-9 shooting from three-point.
USA remained on top of Group F after going 1-1 in the window, grabbing an 88-81 win over Colombia with the help of David Stockton, who finished tied with a team-high 23 points along with 3 assists on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 3-of-6 shooting from three-point range. This was his highest scoring game in his six qualifying games.
Michaell Jackson had his best game of the Americas Qualifiers, playing in his 10th game across all the windows, but could not prevent a narrow 88-81 loss to USA. The 35-year-old finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals on 6-of-12 shooting from the field and a perfect 11-of-11 from the free-throw line, as well as the highest efficiency rating of Gameday 2 (31).
Rounding out the list of top performers is Uruguay veteran center Esteban Batista. The 39-year-old, who's been a familiar face for the national team, recorded a game-high 19 points, 16 rebounds (his highest in the qualifiers) and 3 assists in a 76-68 loss to Puerto Rico.