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Canada sets forth into quarterfinal matchup against Slovenia at FIBA World Cup

MANILA, Philippines — Canada is set to take on Slovenia today in the quarterfinals of the FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup. 

Led by all-NBA guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the 15th-ranked Canadians enter the contest having gone 4-1 through the first two rounds of group play. They most recently scored an 88-85 comeback win over top-ranked defending champion Spain.

Sunday’s victory earned Canada its first Olympic berth since 2000 for the Paris 2024 Games.

Luka Doncic leads the seventh-ranked Slovenians, who also went 4-1 in group action. The 24-year-old all-NBA guard is the tournament’s leading scorer at 26.4 points per game.

However, Slovenia is coming off a 100-71 loss to 11th-ranked Germany.

The winner of the quarterfinal matchup will face sixth-ranked Serbia in Friday’s semifinals.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 6, 2023.

The Canadian Press