Another slap in the face for the USA: Even the bronze medal didn’t come against Canada in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers
Canada’s national basketball team won the bronze medal after defeating the United States 127-118 in overtime in the FIBA World Championship on Sunday.
The American basketball player immediately missed the penalty kick, it rebounded, and with six-tenths of a second left in the match, he hit a three-pointer and equalized.
Canada-USA 127-118 (34-25, 24-31, 33-26, 20-29, 16-7) – after overtime
The Americans, who were flagged as favorites before the tournament – and who last finished seventh in 2019 with their worst World Cup performance to date – started with poor defense and conceded 34 points in the first quarter.
In continuation, the team of Steve Kerr, a nine-time NBA champion, as a player and coach, turned things around through Austin Reeves, but at halftime, Dillon Brooks, who had scattered 21 points until then, led Canada again with a score of 58-56. .
The second half of the bronze medal game, which many expected to be a final, wasn’t about hard defensive work either, as baskets came in turns. Six minutes before the end, with a 12-0 lead, the Americans took the lead again, 54-52 (96-94).
With four seconds left, the Canadiens held a seven-man NBA lead, 111-107, when Mikal Bridges intentionally missed the second penalty, went to his own ball and tied the score with a 3-pointer in the final second.
Overtime again gave only No. 21 Canada the upper hand in the previous tournament, which won its first World Cup medal. On the winning team, Brooks finished with 39 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 points, while on the other side, Anthony Edwards scored 24 points and Reeves 23 points.
epa10852263 USA players react during the 2023 FIBA World Cup third-place match between Canada and the USA at the Mall of Asia in Manila, Philippines, September 10, 2023. EPA/Francis R. Malasig