Canadian Basketball Triumph: Brooks Scores 39 in Historic Bronze Victory at FIBA World Cup

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Dillon Brooks shined with a stunning performance of 39 points, guiding Canadian basketball to a moment of shimmering triumph at the FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup. This historical moment was sealed with a 127-118 overtime victory against the United States in the bronze-medal match this past Sunday.

Complementing Brooks, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander showcased a formidable game with an impressive finish of 31 points, six rebounds, and a commendable 12 assists, the highest in the game for Canada. This harmonious performance was further heightened by RJ Barrett who contributed 23 points and seven rebounds to Canada’s victory.

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On the American side, the charge was led by Anthony Edwards with 24 points, closely trailed by Austin Reaves, who added 23 points to the scoreboard.

This victory heralds the end of a historical journey for the 15th-ranked Canadians throughout the tournament. For the first time since 1998, Canada advanced to the second round, with another first being their top placement in the group phase.

Their unprecedented win over the renowned defending champions, Spain, in the second round resulted in securing a qualifying position for the upcoming Paris 2024 Games. This achievement is particularly noteworthy as it heralds the end of Canada’s Olympic drought that has stretched since 2000. Additionally, for the first time since 1994, Canada has advanced to the quarterfinals.

Adding another feather to their cap, the Canadians’ semifinal encounter with Serbia on Friday marked their first-ever presence in the final four.