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Canada corrects the situation against New Zealand

The Canadian players would probably have preferred to win by this score against Germany, a much better team which justly beat Canada on Wednesday, but a victory of 31 points (107-76) is always good to take in preparation for a World Cup, even against modest New Zealand.

Against the “Tall Blacks” in Hamburg, Jordi Fernandez’s men actually rolled out their basketball, securing a lead of 29 points at halftime, then 23 points at the end of the third quarter before impose 31 points. A controlled match for the Canadian formation, which continues to build.

We played with the right intensity and the right mentality », appreciated the coach of Canada. ” Of course, there are still areas of work, especially the three-point defense. But overall, I’m happy. Offensively, it was fluid, we executed well. We must continue to progress. »

On the individual performance side, the most important was that of Shai Gilgeous-Alexanderwho had fun with the New Zealand defense by compiling 26 points (9/12) and 3 assists, not to mention 6 interceptions.

He set the tone for us. And not only in attack, on both sides “, congratulated Jordi Fernandez about the good performance of “SGA”. ” He showed how important he is to this group. »

RJ Barrett (11 points and 4 rebounds), Lu sleeps (11 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals) and Nickeil Alexander Walker (13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals) also contributed in the outside sector, when Kelly Olynyk (13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists) was clearly the best interior of the game.

It was a good victory, in all respects. Many guys participated in the collective effort “, concluded the post 4/5 of the Jazz. ” We continue to build as we approach the tournament. »

Next deadline for Team Canada: tomorrow, for a revenge against Germany.

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