Corey Joseph spurs Canada to opening-night win over Turkey

Special Olympics athlete Matthew Millett of Team USA with the 3/4 court buzzer beater!

Canada led from virtually start to finish to open their FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament campaign in style with a 77-69 whipping of Turkey Tuesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena. 

Toronto guard Corey Joseph scored 21 points, 11 in a pivotal third-quarter run, to lead the Canadians, who just need another win or a Turkey loss to Senegal to formalize their entry into the semifinals.

Newly-minted NBA champion Tristan Thompson had 10 points and 6 rebounds while brothers Philip and Thomas Scrubb combined for points 19 for coach Jay Triano.

Turkey, which beat Gilas Pilipinas twice in tuneups heading to the tournament, couldn’t get a serious run going, as the Canadians held fort on defense throughout the game.

It didn’t help the 12 Dev Adam that their shots weren’t falling from beyond the arc, too, with naturalized guard Ali Muhammed missing all 8 of his shot attempts in 20 minutes.

Sinan Gular paced Turkey with 14 points but big men Semih Erden and Omer Asik could only team up for 12 markers.