Winning both weekend games going away, Canada captured our second-ever Jones Cup championship in Taiwan, finishing first with an 8-1 record in the 10-team, round-robin event after Sunday’s 117-83 win over China-White.
Canada broke open a relatively tight game at halftime with a 66 point second half as, once again, U-Sports grad 6’4″ Connor Wood led the way with 24 points including 7 for 12 from beyond the three-point line. The Carleton grad, who is also scheduled to play for Canada’s FISU Games team in August – also in Taiwan – averaged 14 ppg for the tournament and had five games during which he made at least six threes (Wood was held scoreless on Friday during Canada’s 108-60 smashing of Japan which was never a game).
Four other team members with U-Sports ties had solid contributions to Canada’s Gold Medal with ex-Alberta Golden Bear Joel Friesen averaging 9.4 points per game, Joey Haywood (Saint Mary’s) 8.2 ppg, Shaquille Keith 8.1 ppg and UBC’s 6’9″ Conor Morgan, who will join Wood on Canada’s FISU Games team, with 8.0 points per game.
Congratulations to the entire team including Head Coach Kyle Julius (Guelph Gryphons alumnus) in bringing home the championship.
Canada last won the Jones Cup in 1996 when St. FX Head Coach Steve Konchalski and former McMaster coach and current Niagara River Rats boss Joe Raso led the Canadian National team to the tournament championship.