Canada clashes against New Zealand in a must-win Semifinals of FIBA Olympic qualifier at the MOA Arena in Manila Saturday night. The winner will face whomever emerges from the France vs. Turkey semifinal in a winner-take-all showdown for a spot in Rio.
The Canadians and New Zealand?s Tall Blacks face off at 6:30 p.m. local time and will be televised live at 3:30AM PT on TSN4. The live streaming of the Canada v New Zealand will be avialable via Fiba.com or fans can check right here through the YouTube link below.
Canada along with France are the only undefeated teams in the tournament with both of them ranked No 1 in their group. Though Canada didn’t play their best basketball against Senegal on Thursday they still came out winners to clinch first place in Group A and advance to the Semi-Finals in Manila.
Canada will be looking to bring their best game and NBA point guard Cory Joseph will be playing a crucial role against a dangerous New Zealand on Saturday. The Toronto Raptors star led Canada in their maiden win over Turkey on Day 1, and he was also instrumental in their against the Lions? gallant stand on Day 2.
On the other hand, New Zealand finished the group phase with a 1-1 record after opening the tournament with a 89-80 victory over the host Philippines followed by a 66-59 defeat to France. The Tall Blacks’ loss to France particularly surprising since they were leading by 12 points in the four quarter before Les Bleus ripped off a 22-2 run to take the lead for good.
Like Canada, New Zealand will be looking to bounce back from a poor shooting performance after they managed to connect on just 30 per cent of their attempts against France. The Kiwis have two main threats in the form of the Webster brothers: Corey and Tai. Corey, the older one, ranks second in tournament scoring, averaging 22 points in over 30 minutes per game. Tai is third in tournament scoring with 17 points per game as well as third in rebounds at 9.5 per contest.
Still Canadians are heavily favored to win the tournament so it be will a pretty interesting match to watch tonight.
Here?s all you need to know:
What: Canada vs New Zealand
Date: Saturday 9 July 2016
Time: 18:30 (12:15 GMT)
Venue: Manila, Mall of Asia Arena
Live Stream: Fiba.com