Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Men's Basketball Team Defeats Sweden in Summer Universiade Debut

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Men's Basketball Team Defeats Sweden in Summer Universiade Debut

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Heslip, Canada beats Sweden 84-69 in debut

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KAZAN, Russia - Brady Heslip scored 22 points to lead Canada's men's basketball team to a 84-69 win over Sweden in its debut at the 27th Summer Universiade on Sunday.

Heslip, a guard from Burlington, Ont., scored 15 of his points from beyond the arc.

Six-foot-nine forward Dwight Powell of Toronto added 16 points, including nine in the second quarter to give Canada a 43-25 lead at halftime. Kevin Pangos of Holland Landing, Ont., also reached double figures, scoring 10 points.

Heslip said that the team's recent nine-game tour through China -- where they went 9-0 against China, the United States and Latvia -- had them feeling comfortable.

"The whole three weeks that we spent together before this makes it easier," Heslip said. "The guys do a great job of finding me... I'm just there to knock down shots."

Throughout the game, Canada featured consistent lineups, balancing the minutes across three groups.

"We're trying to develop players and we need to give them an opportunity to play and be on the court for five minute segments," head coach Jay Triano said. "We also think that one of our advantages could be to wear teams down.

"We've got some depth in our country as far as basketball is concerned."

Canada will continue pool play Monday when they tip off against the United Arab Emirates (0-1).

In men's volleyball, outside hitters Steven Marshall of Abbotsford, B.C., and Nicholas Hoag of Sherbrooke, Que., combined for 29 kills in a 3-1 (21-25, 28-26, 25-22, 25-17) victory over Mexico.

With the win, the Canadians improved to 2-0 in Group D competition. They will go for three wins in as many days when they face Chile (0-1) on Monday.

"Mexico was pretty small and picked up a lot of balls on defence," said Marshall, who led the way defensively for Canada with 13 digs. "They had a lot of energy and made us earn a lot of points. It was good for us to see that challenge to prepare for later in the tournament."

In women's soccer, Canada dropped to 0-2 in pool play after losing 1-0 to Ireland. Sara Lawlor scored the game-winner on a low shot that left no chance for goalkeeper Kristen Funk of Calgary.

The Canucks can still advance to the quarter-finals but will need a big win Tuesday in their Pool B finale against China. …

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