Canada Finally Wins at FIBA World Cup

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Sacramento Kings guard Cory Joseph scored 24 points to lift Canada to an 82-60 victory over Senegal at the FIBA World Cup in China Thursday.

The Canadians trailed by as many as 13 points early on, but turned the game around with a dominant third quarter for the country's first victory at the global tournament in 17 years.

Canada defeated Venezuela to finish 13th at the 2002 World Cup in Indianapolis, then went winless in Turkey in 2010.

The team will now fly to Shanghai for two important classification games that will determine whether Canada gets an invitation to one of the second-chance Olympic qualifying tournaments next June.

Canada listed 17 NBA players on its training camp invite list, but only a handful showed up and just two are in China.