25 August, 2023
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24 Dillon Brooks (CAN)
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Canada put on offensive clinic, continue dominant start

JAKARTA (Indonesia) - Canada once again proved that they're a nightmare to deal with on both sides of the court in a 128-73 victory over Lebanon.

Canada scored the ball in every way possible, helping each other out with a new FIBA Basketball World Cup single-game record of 44 assists. It led them to an astonishing 50-of-70 made shots from the field in victory.

Turning point: Lebanon's starting five managed to keep it somewhat close against Canada's primary stars early, but the game soon changed. Trae Bell-Haynes and colleagues shot lights out and went on a 8-of-10 streak from long range to record a pivotal 28-10 run.

Dillon Brooks closed out the first half with another long bomb and blew his signature kiss to the crowd as Canada finished the half 11-of-18 from deep and never looked back.

TCL Player of the Game: RJ Barrett found his touch after a 5-point effort on Gameday 1 against France, leading the team with 17 points and 3 assists. The crowd in Jakarta drew pleasure from Barrett's exploits in the open court and it was a complete team performance with nine of the 11 active players reaching double figures.

Omari Spellman again was ready to show off his touch from outside as Lebanon's leading scorer with 16 points.

Stats don't lie: Canada played at a tempo that was just too quick for Lebanon to handle. Their record 44 assists led to open shots and buckets in the open court, whereas Lebanon was on the wrong end of a 19 -assist and 22-turnover ratio.

Bottom line: Canada recorded their second win with at least a 30+ point margin. Their spot in the Second Round was secured later in the evening when Latvia beat France. The Latvians will have their work cut out for them when trying to stop Canada on Tuesday. 

Lebanon seemingly drew the short straw when ending up in Group H aka the 'Group of Death'. A solid performance against France could go a long way for their future aspirations.



They said: "They were punishing us for any mistake. You can see that they have 41 points from our turnovers. We are playing against a different level. In the first game Latvia made 51% of their 3-point shots against us, today Canada made 60%. We have to minimize our turnovers and get better on defense. Our goal is to finish the next game against France in the best way possible. Then we have two more games to get the best spot in Asia for the Olympics. This is our main goal." – Jad El Hajj, Lebanon head coach

"We knew that we are in the so called 'Group of Death'. We have three big contenders for the Cup. We knew it would be tough for us. We are just trying to limit our mistakes as much as we can, so when we reach the point, which matters the most for us, we would be able to show up and perform." – Karim Zenoun, Lebanon

"We played together and shared the basketball. 43 assists to 15 turnovers is a record in the World Cup. It just shows that sharing is caring and these guys were ready to play the right way, play with a pass. Sometimes in games like these teams have the tendency to do it on their own and dribble too much. I'm proud of these guys for doing it the right way. Especially Trae here. Not just being ready to catch and shoot, but also sharing the ball with 8 assists. I'm happy to share the table with him here." – Jordi Fernandez, Canada head coach

"I'm super excited that we kept our momentum from the game against France. We talked about making sure that there wasn't any fall-off. We did a good job, guys' confidence is high. You could see that everybody was playing well and free. I hope we can continue to do that. All throughout the camp we talked about paint touches, kick-outs and 3-pointers after paint touches. Our offense starts with guys getting in the paint and making plays. Tonight we were able to do that at a really high level." – Trae Bell-Haynes, Canada