Canada Advances To Championship Game Of Nike Global Challenge
Behind excellent defensive intensity and effective perimeter shooting, Team Canada defeated USA East by a final score of 104-83 to advance to the championship game of the 2011 Nike Global Challenge. Team Canada simply dominated the final five minutes of the fourth quarter, leaving USA East reeling.
Canada was able to establish Sim Bhullar early and often, as he outplayed Nerlens Noel of USA East. Noel is one of the top-three prospects of the 2012 class. Bhullar had 16 points on just 11 shots while controlling the glass with 11 boards.
In the second half, the Canada guard tandem of Tyler Ennis and Xavier Rathan-Mayes took control of the tempo and hit key bucket after key bucket. Rathan-Mayes scored 19 points, while Ennis had 14 points and six assists.
Despite a quiet first half, Andrew Wiggins led Canada in scoring with 21 points, shooting 3-for-6 from distance. Wiggins punctuated a Team Canada run with a three-pointer to put his team up 93-81 with 2:25 remaining.
Omar Calhoun led USA East in scoring with 22 points, but Cameron Biedscheid and Ricardo Ledo struggled to get going offensively.
Noel finished the game with just one block, three rebounds and without a shot attempt. He also remained on the down the stretch when the game was still in question.
One of the lone bright spots for USA East was the play of Jerami Grant, who scored 10 points and had nine rebounds (six offensive).