Canada is off to a strong start at the 39th Jones Cup in Taiwan after a pair of victories this weekend to sit at 2-0 atop the preliminary round standings in the 10 team, international tournament in Taipei, Taiwan. Recall that Canada’s entry, coached by former Guelph Gryphon All-Canadian Kyle Julius, is officially entered as 3D Global Sports Canada 150 and includes the following U Sports stars both past and present: 6’4″ Connor Wood, Carleton, 6’9″ Conor Morgan, UBC, 6’5″ Joel Friesen, Alberta, 6’5″ Shaquille Keith (Cape Breton) and 6’2″ Joey Haywood, Saint Mary’s.
Earlier today, Canada came back from an early double digit deficit to outlast Lithuania 102-99 as Wood came off the bench to lead Canada with 18 points (12 after halftime in 17 minutes) including 6-10 from downtown, adding 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Canada trailed by double digits early in the third quarter before Wood and Friesen, who started for Canada and finished with 12 points, combined to go 4 for 4 from downtown to give Canada the lead. Keith had 8 points in 8 minutes while Morgan added 6 in 12 minutes.
On Saturday – the first day of the round robin – Canada drew an early tough opponent in the Philippines, with several naturalized players with U.S. backgrounds on the roster, pulling away midway through the second quarter for a 90-77 victory. Canada had 4 players in double figures including Haywood with 12 points. Wood came off the bench to knock down 3 of 7 threes to finish with 9 points in 16 minutes while Friesen added 8 and Morgan with 2 points and 3 boards in 9 minutes.
Canada (2-0) meets 2-0 Iraq tomorrow as preliminary round play continues in Taiwan.
South Korea 2-0
China Blue 1-1
China White 0-2
Lithuania vs. Japan
Iraq vs. Canada 13:00 CST (12 hours ahead of Eastern time i.e. 1 AM ET Monday)
Philippines vs. China White
Iran vs. South Korea
China Blue vs. India