Canada into semifinals with win over Senegal at Olympic basketball qualifier

Durham, ON, Canada / channel12

MANILA, Philippines – Canada is another step closer to booking a last-minute ticket to Rio after advancing to the semifinals of a FIBA Olympic basketball qualifying tournament Wednesday.
The Canadians edged Senegal 58-55 in their last pool game to sweep Group A.
Raptors point guard Cory Joseph led the 26th-ranked Canadians with 13 points while Melvin Ejim, who plays pro in Italy, added 11 points and eight rebounds.
No. 31 Senegal pressed late in the game with Maurice Ndour hitting a three-pointer with 59 seconds to go, cutting the deficit to two points. But Clevin Hannah missed a pair of three-pointers in the final seconds, allowing Canada to advance.
Canada will need to regain their shooting form for the semis after missing 44 field goals and nine free throws.
The top two teams from each group in the preliminary round move on to the semifinals. The winners will then compete in the final, with the champion qualifying for Rio. France, ranked fifth in the world, New Zealand and the Philippines make up Group B.
(The Canadian Press)

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