IN PHOTOS: Canada holds off Turkey in Manila OQT opener

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IN PHOTOS: Canada holds off Turkey in Manila OQT opener

Josh Albelda

Canada opens up their bid to join the 2016 Olympic basketball tournament with a competitive win over Turkey

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.

Canada's Cory Joseph puts up a jump shot against Turkey. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Canada's Tristan Thompson, a member of the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, makes his move to the basket. Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

Samet Geyik of Turkey fights for rebounding position. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Khem Birch of Canada and Semih Erden of Turkey fight for a loose ball. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Tristan Thompson of Canada goes hard to the hole. Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

Muhammed Ali, also known as Bobby Dixon, of Turkey makes his move against Canada. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Tristan Thompson rises towards the rim. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


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