Scrubb’s 27 leads Canada over Croatia


Knocking down 7 of 8 three-pointers, 6’3″ Phil Scrubb led Canada to a 91-80 win over host Croatia as the Canadians kicked off the pre-OQT portion of their summer with a 4th quarter pull-away win in Novigrad, Croatia.  Scrubb, going into his second season as a professional after a legendary career at Carleton, finished with 27 points in a wonderful shooting effort.  6’7″ Anthony Bennett immediately was impactful for Canada as the slimmed down forward finished 9-13 from the floor for 21 points in just 22 minutes, knocking down 3 3’s as part of his night.  6’9″ Khem Birch also contributed inside with 12 points and 7 boards in 26 minutes while Canada got a solid 35 minutes from 6’2″ Tyler Ennis who had 8 points and 4 rebounds.  6’2″ Brady Heslip added 8 points while 6’7″ Thomas Scrubb, the starter at the 3 spot, had 7 points and 2 rebounds as Canada pulled away to win by 11.  Observers were impressed by Thomas Scrubb’s ability to defend Croatia’s star shooter 6’8″ Bojan Bogdanović without help, limiting the need for Canada to rotate defensively. Both 6’5″ R.J. Barrett (5 points) and 6’4″ Shai Alexander also saw time as Canada played 10 guys; 6’6″ Dyshawn Pierre and 7’5″ Sim Bhullar were DNP’s.  The teams meet again on Thursday.

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