Lost amid the posterizing dunk by 6’7″ Anthony Bennett and solid offensive effort from Khem Birch that circulated on social media during Canada’s big 74-71 overtime win against host Italy was the performance by Canada’s Phil Scrubb. The emerging guard led all scorers with 18 points in yesterday’s championship game against an Italian team that included N.B.A. veterans Danilo Galinari (Denver) and Marco Bellinelli, who did leave the game early in a precautionary move after being struck in the eye. Scrubb was especially clutch down the stretch, knocking down two tough 3’s – one down late in regulation and then big shots in the overtime to give Canada an early 6 point lead in the extra frame. For his efforts, Scrubb was named Most Valuable Player of the Imperial City basketball tournament. According to Italian newspapers: “It ‘s always P. Scrubb to dictate the pace of the contest”. 6’7″ Thomas Scrubb also did a sterling job guarding 6’8″ Italian captain Luigi Datome, who had only 6 points. Note that Canada once again played without the services of 6’2″ Cory Joseph. Canada finishes their European tour against Puerto Rico, still trying to get details of the when/where.
Italy: Belinelli 5, Gallinari 16, Cusin 2, Datome 6, Hackett 10, Abass 2, Poet 0, 0 Aradori, Gentile 16, Melli 6, Deer 4, Della Valle 4, Pasture 0, Tonut 0, 0 Cinciarini
Canada: Melvin Ejim 4, Anthony Bennett 11, Tyler Ennis 11, Brady Heslip 8, Thomas Scrubb 8, Phil Scrubb 18, Sim Bhullar 0, Khem Birch 13, Levon Kendall 1, Shai Alexander 0