KAZAN, Russia – Canada cruised to a 137-43 men’s basketball win over the United Arab Emirates Monday (July 8) at the Summer Universiade, improving the team’s record in the preliminary round to 2-0.
Burlington product Brady Heslip (Baylor) and Kyle Wiltjer of West Linn, Ore. (University of Kentucky) led the way with 22 points apiece on a night which saw all 12 Canadian players sink a field goal and see at least 10 minutes of action.
“The first thing that we focus on is our defence and that really leads to easy baskets,” said Wiltjer, who shot 10-for-13 from the floor as part of the red and white’s 64 per cent shooting performance. “We’re an unselfish team. We have very talented players so we can all share the ball.”
Canada’s forwards had ample opportunity to show their quickness and athleticism around the basket, particularly in the fourth quarter as Canada went on a 23-0 run and put up 37 points in the final frame.
On the defensive end, Calgary native Jordan Bachynski (Arizona State) shone with two blocked shots to go along with 17 rebounds. He also collected 12 points to record the first double-double of the tournament for Canada.
The Canucks opened the game on an 18-0 run and led 67-27 at halftime. UAE’s high scorer, Saleh Zuwayed Khalifa, tallied 15 points.
The team resumes pool play against Australia (2-0) on Wednesday (July 10).