Canadians open 3×3 Basketball World Cup with two resounding wins

Canada’s first two games at the Women’s 3×3 Basketball World Cup couldn’t have gone better.

The Canadians edged Chile 21-10 before defeating Israel 22-5 on the first day of competition Tuesday in Antwerp, Belgium.

Against Chile, Canada took a 12-6 lead and never looked back, extending their lead to 19-9 before finishing their opponents by reaching 21 points before time ran out.

Kacie Bosch, 25, of Lethbridge, Alta., led the team with seven points while veteran Katherine Plouffe, 29, of Edmonton, Alta., contributed six points.

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Later, Paige Crozon paved the way for an explosion of Israel. The 27-year-old Humboldt, Sask., native scored 11 points on four two-point shots. 3×3 baskets are worth one point inside the arc, and two points beyond the arc. Games are played until a team reaches 21 points or 15 minutes expire, whichever comes first.

The sport made its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, but neither of Canada’s men’s or women’s teams qualified.

Canada, ranked 13th, are grouped with No. 4 Spain, No. 5 Netherlands, No. 11 Israel and No. 14 Chile in Pool D. The top three teams reach the playoffs, the first place of each qualifying pool. straight to the quarter-finals. Each round of 16 match is knockout.

Canada returns to the field Thursday with games against Spain at noon ET and the fifth-ranked Dutch at 3:10 p.m. ET.

Qualifying runs until Friday, with the final 16 and quarter-finals taking place on Saturday and the semi-finals and medal matches on Sunday.

Live coverage throughout the event will be available on, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem.

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