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The Canadian Development Men’s National Team (DMNT) continued its strong play in China with a close 75-73 victory over the United States. The team opened the nine-game Four Nations’ International Invitational Tournament on Saturday with a hard-fought 70-66 win over the host nation.
It is always special when Team Canada faces Team USA in international competition and this occasion proved to be no different. Canada built a 44-35 advantage at the midway point of the game.
Team USA showed character and resolve in making a late run to challenge the Canadians and knotted the game at 73 to set the stage for some late-gamer heroics from the Red and White. With 0.05 seconds left in the game, a determined Kyle Wiltjer was fouled and sent to the line. He calmly made both free throws to earn Canada the win.
Wiltjer led the Canadians with 17 points, including a perfect 5-for-5 performance from the line.
When asked about playing their North American rivals, Wiltjer said, “it was a great team effort tonight. For me, it is always fun to play against the USA since I live there. The guards did a good job of making good passes down the stretch and finding me when I was open. We got some good calls down the stretch which also helped.”
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Information from the Team Canada website.