Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shines on Day 2 of FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers
The FIBA World Cup 2023 Qualifiers continued on Friday with a new batch of NBA players on the court. Here are some notable July 1 performances:
Ukraine vs Georgia
Svi Mykhailiuk (Toronto Raptors) had 16 points, along with 6 rebounds and two steals to help Ukraine pass Georgia 79-66.
Bulgaria vs Lithuania
Ignas Brazdeikis (Orlando Magic) scored a team-high 13 points as Lithuania used a strong 4th quarter to edge Bulgaria 72-70. He also added six boards and a pair of assists.
Montenegro v France
Oklahoma City Thunder’s Theo Maledon’s 16 points weren’t enough to pull his side out of an early hole as France lost 70-69 to Montenegro despite winning by seven points in the final period.
Virgin Islands vs Bahamas
Buddy Hield (Indiana Pacers) led all scorers with a game-high 24 points to lead the Bahamas to a 97-80 win over the Virgin Islands. He also added five assists and four rebounds to his totals.
Dominican Republic vs Canada
NBA stars Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Utah Jazz) put on a show as they led Canada to a dominating 95-75 win over the Dominican Republic. Gilgeous-Alexander scored a game-high 32 points while Alexander-Walker had 17 points, 15 of them coming from behind the arch.
Puerto Rico vs USA
Jose Alvarado (New Orleans Pelicans) shone with a team-best 20 points, but that wasn’t enough to lift his team as they lost 83-75 to the United States.