Kelly Olynyk helps power Canada past Brazil in World Cup qualifying

Canada moved one step closer to qualifying for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup with an 85-77 win over Brazil Thursday night at Place Bell in Laval.

The win gave Canada a 6-1 record in Group F, while Brazil fell to 5-2. Canada is tied atop the group with Venezuela, which coasted to an easy win over the Virgin Islands. The top three teams in the six-nation group qualify for the World Cup.

This was an important win for Canada because they will be playing their remaining five games in the qualifying round without their NBA players.

And it was the NBA players who powered the win over Brazil.

Kelly Olynyk, the 7-foot centre for the Miami Heat, led Canada with 20 points and added 19 rebounds.

Cory Joseph, a guard from the Indiana Pacers, had 16 points, while Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson had 10 points and a dozen rebounds.

But there were also some contributions from…

Original published: 2018-09-14 03:19:31 Read the full Montreal News here

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