|Bridges (in white) saved his game for overtime, but in the end Brooks may have been happy with 36 points (Photo: Getty Images)|
Canada got off to a great start against the United States, and at the end of the first quarter, the Maple Leafs led by 13 points. However, in the first half of the second term, what the Americans really wanted happened on the floor, as they went on a 17-2 run to take a 38-36 lead just three minutes into the quarter. As the end of the first half approached, the Canadians regained their composure, and led by Dillian Brooks, who scored 21 points, they came to rest by two points, 58-56.
In the third quarter, the Canadians confidently maintained their 3-6 point advantage and even increased their lead early in the game. On the other hand, Anthony Edwards once again led 12-0, and practically from that moment on, the two teams exchanged the lead – while for the Canadiens, Brooks scored his 7th goal out of 8 threes, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a 10-point goal in addition to his 22 assists. , that is, he reached the double-double one minute before the end. However, the drama was still to come: 4.2 seconds before the buzzer, the USA were awarded two penalty kicks within four points: Mikal Bridges took the first penalty, missed the second, then grabbed the rebound and punted. Triple from the corner 111-111 extension.
And in the final, Canada did not show at all how dramatic it was that the two teams reached the extra five minutes of playing time: in the first two minutes, only Gilgeous-Alexander made a basket, so the Northerners lost by six goals. In the continuation, only the Canadians were still able to hit the basket from the court, and the USA succeeded for so long only on penalty kicks, so there was no doubt that the bronze medal would ultimately go to Canada, who won the match 127-118.
the summary of the match
Man of the Match: Dillon Brooks
Men’s World Championships, Manila
For third place
Canada and the United States 118-127 (34-25, 24-31, 33-26, 20-29, 16-7)
Best shooters: Brooks 39/21, Gilgeous-Alexander 31/3, ill. Edwards 24/3, Reeves 23/6
|Canada can finally celebrate (Photo: Getty Images)|