Kelly Olynyk did his best to help Team Canada qualify for the Olympics, but the team fell short in part due to a questionable foul call. Canada will still get another shot at qualifying.
Kelly Olynyk scored 34 points but Team Canada lose to Venezuela 79-78, have to try to qualify for Rio Olympics next year. Olynyk: 11-13 FGS— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) September 12, 2015
It is encouraging to hear that Olynyk played so well for his home country.
Olynyk led all scorers with 34 points on 11-for-13 shooting, adding 13 rebounds. Brady Heslip (10 points) was the only other Canadian in double figures. Andrew Wiggins scored nine points on 4-for-11 shooting, while Anthony Bennett went scoreless in 16 minutes. Olynyk and Wiggins combined for 10 turnovers.
There were 17 turnovers, many ghastly and unforced; there were a dozen loose balls that weren’t corralled, there were missed rebounds and a general malaise that was in stark contrast to the way Canada had played each night for more than a week. Nerves? Perhaps. "It seemed like we were a little bit unsure, said Triano. "I think this is a great experience for our young kids, Kelly (Olynyk, masterful with 34 points) is one of our most veteran guys, he’s been here before . . . a lot of these other guys have not been in this climate."
Hopefully this experience builds upon some of Kelly's NBA experience to give him a shot at hitting the ground running this year. Clearly he'll have to scrape to get playing time in a crowded frontcourt. But he's got the talent to excel and has a good opportunity to carve out a larger role in the offense.