Canada Survives Ukraine in Overtime, Andrew Nicholson with 7 Points
In the second game of their 2014 Pokal Adecco exhibition tournament in Slovenia, the senior Canada men’s basketball team managed to hold off Coach Mike Fratello’s Ukraine squad to prevail in overtime 80-75. Orlando Magic big man Andrew Nicholson did indeed start in this contest. In 17 minutes, the St. Bonaventure product tallied 7 points and 4 rebounds on 3-of-5 two-point shooting and 0-for-3 from 3-point range.
Canada was up 59-44…and then Andrew fouled out with 7:14 remaining in regulation. Dwight Powell and Kelly Olynyk were clearly not defensive upgrades over the 24-year-old, as Ukraine utilized a 24-12 4th quarter to tie the contest at 68-68 and send the game to overtime. In the extra period, Olynyk, Melvin Ejim, and NBA champion Cory Joseph did enough to help earn Canada the victory. Andrew is shooting 54.5% from inside the 3-point line after two contests. Canada continues their tourney by facing Georgia on Saturday.
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