Friday, 10 August 2007

FISU Games Update

Canada went 2-0 in Group A of the preliminary round of the FISU men's basketball event, defeating the host Thailand on the opening night and then coming up with a strong second half effort led by 6'5" Jevohn Shepherd to comfortably defeat a tough New Zealand team which had many of their top young players on their roster. Coach Chris O'Rourke notes that "our bench got us going in the second game for sure and Jevohn was in the zone". As far as the CIS contingent goes, it appears that Neil MacDonald has been Canada's best overall big man, J.P. Morin is starting to get more comfortable, Garry Gallimore is providing great leadership along with Jamie McNeilly and Josh Gibson-Bascombe had a strong game against New Zealand. Unfortunately 6'7" Ross Bekkering has been sick for the first few days of the trip and has been unavailable to play, which explains his DNP against Thailand in a game Canada won by about 50. After Isreal's 74-62 win over Australia earlier today, Canada will join a group with Korea and Israel in the next round which begins in a couple of days.

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