Czech Republic guard Tomas Satoransky crushed Canada’s hopes of incomes a spot within the Tokyo Olympics by hitting a game-winning jumper in Saturday’s FIBA Olympic Qualifying Match semifinal matchup.
With fewer than 10 seconds remaining in extra time and the rating tied at 101, Satoransky (Chicago Bulls) tried to beat Luguentz Dort (Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder) in isolation, however struggled to create any separation. Satoransky was compelled to throw up a wild try over Dort earlier than the shot clock expired, banking the ball off the glass and thru the online to offer the Czech Republic a two-point lead with 1.8 seconds left.
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Canadian ahead Trey Lyles (San Antonio Spurs) obtained a fantastic alternative to ship the sport to a second extra time on the following possession, however his shot rattled out and in, giving the Czech Republic a 103-101 win and making certain Canada would miss the Olympics for the fifth straight time.
It was an unlucky ending for Staff Canada, which compelled the additional interval with a livid comeback late within the fourth quarter. The Canadians trailed by 10 factors with lower than a minute to go in regulation, however Andrew Wiggins (Golden State Warriors) capped off a wild 12-2 run with a pull-up 3-pointer, tying the sport at 94.
The Czech Republic will subsequent play both Greece or Turkey within the match ultimate for a spot within the Olympics. Canada, which has not been an Olympic participant since 2000, should now flip its focus to future worldwide occasions, together with the 2022 Americas and 2023 World Cup.