At The Buzzer: Canada 92 Japan 56
AT THE BUZZER
CANADA 96 JAPAN 52
WHAT HAPPENED: For the second time in as many days the Cadets were slow coming out of the gates. Japan was knocking down shots on the perimeter and you had a feeling the well would run dry eventually. After one quarter Canada trailed 19-14.
Second quarter was the Cadets highest scoring out put in the entire tournament. As Japan continued to settle on the perimeter the Cadets started to roll. Canada outscored Japanese 32-14 in second frame on route to a 46-33 half time advantage. Led by Jerome Desrosiers who had 16 first half points (finished with 20 on 5-for-7 from field & 10-of-11 from FT line).
Sound defensive effort in the third. Cadets held Japanese to 3-for-19 shooting on route to a 28-7 advantage in the quarter, resulting in a 34 point lead entering final frame.
More of the same domination in the final frame. Cadets out scored Japan 22-12 in the fourth quarter and gave others an opportunity to shake off any rust.
Marquell Fraser has been the most consistent Cadet in two games, he had 17 today on 7-for-9 shooting along with 5 boards. Jamal Murray battling a bummy toe finished with 14. Marcus Ottey 13 points, 5 rebounds and Kobe McEwen added 9 points, 5 rebounds and team high 3 steals. 17 assists for Canada, Howard Washington Jr had a team high 3 dimes in addition to his eye opening 7 rebounds.
WHAT IT MEANS: After losing their opener to a tough France, Cadets now are 1-1 and will toss it up on Monday morning in a placement deciding game to see where they finish in their pool and what opponent they will face in the quarterfinals.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Eddie Ekiyor (4 points, 4 blocks, 5 fouls, 6 rebounds, 6 turnovers) struggled versus the Japanese battling foul and turnover issues. Kalif Young this time as expected had his way with the undersized Japanese finishing with 8 points and 8 rebounds but most impressive was his perfect shooting chart. Young nailed 4-for-4 from the field all within 4 feet from the basket.
STAGGERING STATISTIC: Canada took advantage of the undersized Japanese who’s tallest player was only 6’6″. End result a lopsided rebounding total. 62 – 38 to be exact. It was a rebounding job by committee. Young 8, Washington Jr 7, Desrosiers 6, Ekiyor 6, Djogo, Fraser, Ottey, McEwen each had 5. In his first action of the tourney Nikola Djogo demonstrated his well rounded game. The Serbian Canadian Djogo finished with 6 points, 5 boards, 2 steals, 1 assist and 1 block. After trailing 19-14 at the end of one quarter, Canada outscored the opposition 82-34 the rest of the way.
SUBPLOT: Cadets will play Australia Monday morning after a day of rest Sunday. Tip off scheduled for 8:30AM Eastern time. Scouting report on the Aussies is look out for LaLumiere bound Isaac Humphries who is a 1998 baby and stands 6’11” tall. Australia also boast 6’9″ Deng Gak and Dejan Vasiljevic (touted as the team’s Swiss Army knife). Aussies will play France Saturday but versus Japan they shockingly needed overtime befoer winning 97-84. Humphries totaled 16 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocked shots while Vasiljevic contributed 23 points and 11 boards.