San Antonio Spurs first round draft pick Cory Joseph made his debut for the senior men's Canadian national team Saturday night as Canada defeated Belgium 79 to 74 in the 2011 Jack Donohue International classic.
So how did he do Spurs fans? Here is the recap.
On offense Joseph had his struggles as he scored three points but missed the majority of his shots and had a few turnovers. However, defensively, you can see why the Spurs decided to roll the dice and take him in the first round.
Canada was leading 14 to 8 in the first quarter. While Joseph was on the floor in the first quarter, he hit a 14-foot baseline jumper. Joseph turned the ball over twice on consecutive possessions as he threw a pass too short and then tried to attack versus two Belgian defenders, but the ball ended up out of bounds. Next, Joseph shot a wide-open three pointer and missed. The Canadians led 16 to 11 at the end of the first quarter.
Joseph started the second quarter but then was benched when Belgium tied the game at 16. One thing I saw, Joseph is able to play one-on-one defense full court very well. He gave the Belgian point guard fits as he tried to shake Joseph off of him.
Canada led 34 to 28 at halftime.