In a stunning display of teamwork and precision, the Canadian men’s basketball team etched their name into FIBA Basketball World Cup history by setting a new single-game assist record. Canada’s remarkable performance led to an astounding 44 assists, establishing a new benchmark in the tournament’s record books.
The victory over Lebanon was more than just a win; it was a masterclass in ball movement and unselfish play that demonstrated Canada’s commitment to a collective approach on the court. Five years after equaling the previous high of 37 assists, Canada outshone themselves, breezing past that total with a mesmerizing exhibition of teamwork.
This accomplishment marked Canada as the first team to achieve the remarkable feat of tallying 40+ assists in a single game at the FIBA Basketball World Cup since the official recording of data began in 1994. The milestone was achieved in style, at the Indonesia Arena, against Lebanon.
Trae Bell-Haynes led the charge in the assist department, contributing 8 assists to the historic tally. Nickeil Alexander-Walker closely followed with 7 assists, while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kelly Olynyk, and Phil Scrubb each contributed 5 assists, showcasing the team’s remarkable distribution of the ball.
Canada’s victory against Lebanon wasn’t just about setting records; it was a comprehensive demonstration of their prowess on the court. The final score reflected their dominance, as Canada secured a resounding 128-73 win, reaffirming their standing in the FIBA World Cup.
RJ Barrett emerged as a driving force on the scoring front, leading the team with 17 points. Trae Bell-Haynes complemented the offensive firepower by contributing 15 points, including an impressive five three-pointers out of six attempts. Bell-Haynes also played a pivotal role as the assist leader, underlining his versatility and impact on the game.
Canada’s impressive start to the tournament extended their record to 2-0, building on their earlier victory against France with a commanding win over Lebanon. The team showcased their depth and skill as nine players reached double-digit scoring figures, epitomizing their cohesive approach to the game.
As Lebanon faced their second loss in the tournament, Canada maintained their momentum and headed towards their next challenge. Wrapping up Group H round-robin play, Canada is set to face Latvia in a matchup that promises to captivate fans. The game will be broadcast live on Sportsnet and SN NOW, giving basketball enthusiasts an opportunity to witness Canada’s journey in the FIBA Basketball World Cup as they continue to make their mark on the international stage.