Even though this is the first summer Andrew Nicholson has played for Team Canada, he has already emerged as the team’s most dangerous scoring threat.
The Mississauga native, who was a first-round pick of the Orlando Magic last summer, scored a game-high 29 points in Saturday night’s 81-74 loss to the Dominican Republic at the FIBA Americas tournament in Venezuela.
One day after a dismal, foul-plagued performance against the hosts, Nicholson came back with a tour de force, hitting 12-of-19 shots and both of his free throws.
“I think Andrew was pretty motivated after his game (against Venezuela),” said head coach Jay Triano. “We saw (Friday) that if he doesn’t score, it’s going to be tough for us to score. We knew we needed to give him the ball.”
The six turnovers were a concern, but other than that, Nicholson was the one automatic for Canada’s struggling offence.