Team Canada faced off against unbeaten Mexico and a boisterous crowd in the second round of the 2015 FIBA Americas spanking them 94-73 on their home court. Andrew Wiggins led Canada with 17 points while hitting on all four of his three-point attempts. It was a crushing victory for the visitors that vaulted Canada past Mexico and into second place with an outside shot at the number one seed in the semi-final round depending on the results of Wednesday’s games.
This contest was never in doubt. Canada only trailed briefly 2-0 at the start, was leading by double-digits in the first quarter and was up by 22 points heading into the half. Mexico had no answers for the Canadians as the visitors found themselves frequently unguarded for wide-open jump shots in the first quarter. Then when head coach Jay Triano went to his bench in the second quarter, his reserves piled on, adding another 10 points to the lead before he went back to his starters to close out the half. Canada coasted through the final 20 minutes unchallenged for the easy 21 point win.
“I just think we are getting more comfortable playing with each other and our players are starting to understand and learn the international game a little bit better because we come from varied backgrounds,” Triano said after the game. “Our goal was to get better with each game as the tournament has gone on and we struggled in the first game of the tournament, but I think we have taken a step every day.”
Canada lost their only game of the tournament to Argentina on their first day of action. Luis Scola doing what he has often done to Team Canada, burying them with a 35 point effort. Now Canada needs Mexico to dig deep Wednesday night and find a way to steal a game from unbeaten Argentina in order to create a three-way tie (Canada-Mexico-Argentina) for the number seed (tie-breakers, if necessary, to be determined.)
Canada plays the Dominican Republic in the second game of the last day in the second round and will have to wait on Argentina and Mexico to finish before knowing their seeding in the semi-finals.