HALIFAX — Canada's men's national team opened their bid to get back to the World Cup with a 93-69 win over the Bahamas on Friday in the opening game of the FIBA Americas qualifier.
Brady Heslip of Oakville, Ont., led Canada with 22 points, including six three-pointers.
The Bahamas kept it close early before Heslip caught fire and helped Canada build a 21-11 lead by the end of the first quarter. The former Baylor University guard scored five of his three-pointers in the first half.
Canada played suffocating defence in the second quarter as the Canadians limited the Bahamas to just six points. They went to the dressing room leading 45-17 at the half.
Former Carleton Ravens standout Philip Scrubb added 17 points, seven rebounds, and six assists for Canada.
Jaraun Burrows led the Bahamas with 15 points.
The Bahamas came alive in the third quarter and matched Canada's output of 21 points, but never got closer than 22 points the rest of the game.
The Canadians get on a plane early Saturday to fly to the Dominican Republic for its second qualifying game on Monday.