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Gilgeous-Alexander injects 32 points to lead Canada in the Dominican Republic

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The Canadian Press

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Lori Ewing

Canada's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) drives to the net during first half FIBA international men's World Cup basketball qualifying action against Dominican Republic, in Hamilton, Ont., Friday, July 1, 2022. In his first national team appearance in six years, and first game in his hometown since high school, Gilgeous-Alexander, an Oklahoma City Thunder guard, scored 15 of his 32 points in a dominant third quarter, leading Canada to a 95-75 victory over the Dominican Republic in World Cup qualifying.
Shai Gilgeous Alexander of Canada (2) Drive online during the first half of the FIBA ​​International Men's World Cup Basketball Qualifying match against the Republic of Dominica on Friday, July 1, 2022 in Hamilton, Ontario. Oklahoma City Thunderguard's Gildias Alexander has scored 15 out of 32 points in the dominant third quarter since his first national team appearance in six years and his first high school in his hometown, qualifying Canada for the Dominican Republic in the World Cup qualifying. Won 95-75. Photo by Cole Burston/Canadian Press

Hamilton — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is silky smooth Excavated three points-displayed a pointer in the second half of Friday's third quarter, flashing three fingers to a delighted crowd.

Oklahoma City Thunderguard scored 15 out of 32 points in the dominant third quarter in his first national team appearance in six years and his first match in his hometown since high school. Won. Canada defeated the Dominican Republic 95-75 in World Cup qualifying.

Canada improved to 5-0. The Dominican Republic fell to Canada 3-2 with both losses.

Kelly Olynyk scored 17 points and led with 11 rebounds in Canada. Gilgeous-Alexander's cousin Nickeil Alexander-Walker also scored 17 points in front of about 6,000 fans at the First Ontario Center.

Gildias Alexander, who hadn't played since mid-March due to a prolonged ankle injury, also had 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and a pair of blocks. rice field.

Victor Liz scored 12 points in the Dominican Republic.

Canada will face the unwinning US Virgin Islands on Monday to close the third qualifying window.

The third of the six windows shows Nick Nurse's first gathering of summer "core" players, including four NBA players that started on Friday.

Canada has been plagued by NBA no-shows in major tournaments. After failing to compete in the Tokyo Olympics last summer, the nurse asked the best players in the program to sign a three-year promise to play with Canada until the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The nurse started four NBA players on Friday. Gildias Alexander is the former Cops Coliseum, Alexander Walker (Utah Jazz), Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks), Olynyk (Detroit Pistons), and Melvin Ejim, the mainstay of the national team.

In the first match in Ontario since 2018, the Canadians led the entire opening quarter. Alexander Walker's three-point at the buzzer started second, giving Canada a 21-16 lead.

The Dominican Republic temporarily took the lead in the second quarter. However, Kyle Alexander's layup, which won a 16-5 run in the buzzer, gave Canada a 46-36 lead in half-time.

The Canadians pulled away third to lead the 76-48 heading to the final frame.

World Cup Qualifying Features 80 countries are divided into 4 regions. Eight teams from the Americas will compete in the 2023 World Cup in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.

The World Cup is the main qualifying round for the 2024 Paris Olympics. The remaining three coverage periods are late August and November of this year, and February 2023.

This report by Canadian Press was first published on July 1, 2022.

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