Canada opened the Group Phase of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup with a resounding statement, earning a 95-65 win over France.
After a scoreless first, it was all Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in this one. The native of Hamilton, Ontario came alive as the first half came to a close and finished the game with 27 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.
Just as it was a tale of two halves for Gilgeous-Alexander, it was a tale of two halves for Canada, which outscored France 52-25 in the third and fourth quarters thanks to a dominant defensive effort.
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Check below for updates and highlights from Canada’s victory over France.
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11:41 a.m. — Here are Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s highlights from his 27-point, 13-rebound double-double against France:
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander showed out in Canada’s #FIBAWC opening win 🔥
27 PTS, 13 REB, 6 AST pic.twitter.com/OONcGL9s5h
— NBA (@NBA) August 25, 2023
Final: Canada 95, France 65
11:15 a.m. — It’s a wrap in Jakarta, Indonesia and Canada moves to 1-0 in the Group Phase. Up next for Canada is a meeting with Lebanon at 5:45 a.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 27.
France is also back in action on Sunday when it faces Latvia at 9:30 a.m. ET.
11:10 a.m. — Timeout Canada for some substitutions, which means Zach Edey, the youngest member of the squad, will get a taste of the World Cup action.
Canada 90, France 59. 2:15 left in the game.
This one’s all but over. What a resounding statement from Team Canada.
11:06 a.m. — Canada is just having fun out here. A finish through contract from Dillon Brooks brings the lead up to 33 points before a few quick buckets from France cuts the deficit back under 30.
Canada 85, France 56. 3:46 remains in the game.
11 a.m. — Another timeout from France as a driving layup from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander pushes Canada’s lead to 24 points.
Canada 76, France 52.
Gilgeous-Alexander’s got 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in the game. He’s easily the best player in the gym and very well may be the best player at the whole tournament.
End of Third Quarter: Canada 68, France 48
10:51 a.m. — What a third quarter for Canada!
After limiting France to just eight points and enjoying a takeover from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Canada takes a 20-point lead into the fourth quarter. With 13 points, Gilgeous-Alexander outscored France in the third frame and is up to 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
Evan Fournier was held scoreless in the third after a big first half. He still sits on a team-high 19 points.
France is an extremely talented squad, but will 10 minutes be enough time for a comeback attempt?
10:46 a.m. — This has turned into a dominant effort from Canada, which now has a 21-point lead thanks to an and-one finish from Dillon Brooks.
Canada 65, France 44. 1:18 left in the third.
France has scored just four points in the quarter and Canada is making a resounding statement here.
10:43 a.m. — It’s the Shai Show at Indonesia Arena.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is up to 21 points in the game and Canada leads by 15 points. Canada 59, France 44. Just over three minutes remain in the third.
10:39 a.m. — Canada has opened the half on an 11-2 run and now has a double-digit lead.
Canada 54, France 42. Timeout France with 5:25 left in the quarter.
After a quiet opening frame, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is really coming alive. He’s got eight points in the third quarter and is up to 16 points in the game. He’s also got nine rebounds and five assists.
10:34 a.m. — A great play out of the break leads to an open 3 from Canada’s Dillon Brooks.
The second half is underway. Canada 46, France 40.
Halftime: Canada 43, France 40
10:18 a.m. — Through one half, this game has been as advertised. The two talented teams have gone back and forth in a game of runs with high intensity.
For France, it’s mostly been about Evan Fournier, who has 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. Rudy Gobert has four points and six rebounds but was limited due to foul trouble in the first half.
Canada is led by 12 points from Kelly Olynyk, who has knocked down all five of his free throw attempts. A good sign for Canada: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander got going with eight points in the second quarter after a scoreless first.
It’s hard to imagine SGA goes 2 of 9 again in the second. That bodes well for the Canadians.
10:12 a.m. — It’s been a lot of Evan Fournier in the first half. He leads all scorers with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting in the first half.
Still, a team effort has Canada back in the lead as the first half winds down. Canada 39, France 38. 1:30 remains in the half. Timeout on the floor.
10:04 a.m. — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has seen the ball go through the hoop a few times and the Canadians are back in the lead. SGA is up to four points on the game after a scoreless first.
Canada 32, France 31. Timeout France with 4:30 remaining in the first half.
Kelly Olynyk’s 10 points lead the way for Canada while Evan Fournier’s 11 points lead all scorers. Rudy Gobert is now sitting with two fouls, which should have a great impact on Canada’s offensive attack for the half and the game.
9:59 a.m. — There’s a pause in the action here as an illegal screen from Rudy Gobert is under review as an unsportsmanlike foul. Gobert’s elbow made contact with Kelly Olynyk’s neck.
The foul has been ruled as unsportsmanlike.
5:53 is left in the half and the score is France 28, Canada 26 after Olynyk steps to the line and drains both free throws.
9:55 a.m. — It’s been a lot of Evan Fournier early on as he’s the first player to get into double figures. Fournier’s 11 points lead all scorers and France leads by seven points.
Canada is shooting 2 of 11 from deep, which has made a massive difference up to this point in the game.
France 28, Canada 21 with 6:10 remaining in the second.
End of First Quarter: France 18, Canada 14
9:46 a.m. — The first quarter goes to France, which leads by four points.
Evan Fournier leads all scorers with six points despite shooting 2 of 6 from the field. Canada is led by five points from Kelly Olynyk, who is 2 of 3 from the field early on. Olynyk is in early foul trouble as he picked up two in the first frame.
Canada’s going to need Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to get going. SGA has missed all four of his field goal attempts early on and is scoreless through one quarter.
9:39 a.m. — After a slow start, Canada has settled in as the first quarter and is up by five points thanks to back-to-back 3s from Kelly Olynyk and Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
Canada 14, France 9 as we cross the three-minute mark in the first.
9:33 a.m. — Dillon Brooks. Hello!
It was all France to start but Canada gets on the board in a major way thanks to a few emphatic finishes from the newest member of the Houston Rockets. France 7, Canada 4 with 6:30 left in the first.
9:00 a.m. — It’s almost that time. We’re 30 minutes out from tip-off between Canada and France, a massive game in Group H.
What channel is Canada vs France on?
- Date: Friday, Aug. 25
- Time: 9:30 a.m. ET | 6:30 a.m. PT
- TV channel: Sportsnet
- Live stream: Sportsnet NOW | Courtside 1891
Canada vs France is set to tip off at 9:30 a.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 25. The game will be played at Indonesia Arena in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia.
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Canada roster for 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup
Here is Canada’s full roster for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup:
|11||Kyle Alexander||F||Hapoel Tel-Aviv|
|1||Nickeil Alexander-Walker||G||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|9||RJ Barrett||G||New York Knicks|
|25||Trae Bell-Haynes||G||Casademont Zaragoza|
|24||Dillon Brooks||F||Houston Rockets|
|0||Luguentz Dort||G||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|15||Zach Edey||C||Purdue Boilermakers (NCAA)|
|2||Shai Gilgeous-Alexander||G||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|13||Kelly Olynyk||C||Utah Jazz|
|7||Dwight Powell||F||Dallas Mavericks|
|23||Phil Scrubb||G||Niagara River Lions|
Team Canada schedule for 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup
Team Canada is in Group H with Latvia, Lebanon and France. After Friday’s matchup with the French National Team, Canada will close out the Group Phase with games against Lebanon and Latvia.
|Aug. 25||vs France||9:30 a.m.|
|Aug. 27||vs Lebanon||5:45 a.m.|
|Aug. 29||vs Latvia||9:30 a.m.|
When is the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup?
- Dates: Aug. 25 to Sept. 10
- Locations: Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines
The 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup begins with the Group Phase on Aug. 25, 2023. The Final Phase, or elimination round, begins on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023, with the championship game set for Sunday, Sept. 10 at 8:40 a.m. ET.