July 10, 2013
BOX SCORE: Canada 92, Australia 83
BOX SCORE: United States 83, Sweden 65
Kazan, Russia --- Cameron Bairstow had another stellar game for Australia, but it wasn't enough as Canada improved to 3-0 with a 92-83 comeback win over the Boomers. For the United States, it was par for the course as the US rolled to an easy 83-65 win over Sweden.
The US can clinch a medal round berth with a win at 8:30 a.m. Mountain Time against Australia (2-1) in a game that will pit Lobo teammates against each other. Canada (3-0) can also clinch a berth with a win over the Czech Republic (1-2). The United Arab Emirates (0-3) and Sweden (0-3) also play tomorrow in Pool C. The top two teams in each of the four pools advance to the medal rounds.
In the US-Sweden matchup, Lobo center and preseason All-America (ESPN.com) pick Alex Kirk had a light night with four minutes and a rebound. He did have a dunk in the final minute negated by a foul call away from the ball. He wasn't really needed as the U.S. rolled after a close first half that saw the Americans down 27-26 in the second quarter before ending on an 11-0 run.
Canada pulled out a win over Australia in easily the closest and most hotly contested Pool C game of the tournament so far. The Canadians jumped out to a 27-15 lead after one quarter, despite Bairstow opening the game with an assist and two quick buckets for a 6-0 Boomer lead. The Aussies came back in the second stanza with a 31-point outburst to lead 46-41 at the break. Bairstow had 8 in the frame.
Australia maintained its lead at 67-65 at the start of the fourth when Canada got a seven-point spurt from Daniel Mullings and Kevin Pangos. Canada would not trail after that.
Bairstow went 7-for-11 from the field and 5-of-7 from the line for his team-high 19 points. He grabbed six boards, and for the third straight game led Australia in assists with four. He also blocked four shots as well.
Bairstow is turning in a monster tournament, leading Australia in the grand slam, with 12.0 points per game, 8.7 rebounds per game, and a team leading 11 assists and four blocks. He is shooting 41% from the field and 71% from the line.
For Kirk, he is averaging 4.0 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game. He also has an assist and a blocked shot, and is shooting 4-for-7 from the field, and 4-for-6 from the line.
The game between the US and Australia will shown live on ESPN3 at 8:30 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday morning.