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Spurs Cory Joseph Leads Canada Past Turkey 72-66

The San Antonio Spurs backup point guard Cory Joseph  has been doing it all for Canada on Team Canada’s European tour this summer and he did it again on Sunday leading the Senior Men’s National Team past Turkey 72-66 with a game-high 19 points.

Without many of their future stars available, Joseph was expected to bring leadership to a young team and he was ready for the task.

“I definitely put a lot on my shoulders as a point guard and as a leader,” Joseph told Pro Bball Report. “I have to lead this team. I feel that I can be that extension of the coach on the court and I am just trying to lead this team to get Ws. I am comfortable in the role. I have been doing it all my life in other programs.”

  On Sunday Joseph shot 9-13 from the field, collected 4 rebounds and dished a team-high 3 assists and it was his scoring that kept Canada in this game.

Long time Team Canada veteran Carl English has also been providing some leadership as well. He came through in a starting role once again with 12 points on 3-6 shooting from three-point range, 9 boards and he also handed out 3 assists.

The Lakers center Robert Sacre had a double-double 13 points and 11 rebounds to go with 2 steals and 2 blocks as he held the Pelicans Omer Asik to just 12 points and 6 boards. Magic forward Andrew Nicholson chipped in 12 points and 2 three-pointers.  


Canada vs Turkey 8-10-2014

See the complete boxscore here.

Canada plays their final game in Europe on Tuesday in Seville, Spain against Angola.


Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.