MANILA, Philippines – Canada opened up the Manila leg of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament with a 77-69 win over Turkey on Tuesday, July 5 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
With former NBA MVP and Canada team manager Steve Nash in attendance, Canada, ranked 26th in the world by FIBA, struck first blood against the 8th ranked team, led by the 21 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists of Toronto Raptors point guard Cory Joseph, while Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson had 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Canada is back in action on Wednesday when they face Senegal in their final Group A match while Turkey faces Senegal on Thursday.
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