AUCKLAND (FIBA U19 World Championship) - Canada did what needed to be done on day 5 of the FIBA U19 World Championship, defeating Kazakhstan 108-70 and giving themselves a chance to progress to the quarter finals.
A win over Argentina tomorrow at the North Shore Events Centre will likely leave the North Americans in a three way tie with Spain and the Argentines. Results in all games between the three teams will then determine which two move on to the knockout round.
Guard Cory Joseph continued his good form on day 5 with 16 points in the first half as Canada set up a 52-39 half time lead. Canada then outscored the Kazaks 28-16 in the third and 28-15 in the last quarter to take some good form into their crucial day 6 clash with Argentina.
Joseph finished with 20 points on 9/14 shooting and 6 rebounds, and received excellent support from Typhoon Nurse with 25 points and 5 rebounds, and captain Kelly Olynk (24 points, 9 rebounds).
Kazakhstan will finish their Group F games against Spain on Wednesday morning, and with only one win in the tournament to date, will then play off for positions 9-12.
Against Canada, forward Alexandr Tyutyunik was again outstanding with 19 points. Pavel Illin (13 points) and Alexandr Zhigulin (12 points) both reached double figures.
Canada out-rebounded the Kazaks 50-26 and scored 54 points inside to Kazakhstan’s 28.