Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Manny continues his great play
Earlier today, Manny Arop and Team Canada improved to 2-0 at the FIBA U-18 tournament, with a 76-56 victory over Uruguay. The top 4 teams from this 8 team tournament will advance to the FIBA U-19 World Championships next summer in New Zealand.
Manny has been arguably Canada's best player in the first 2 games, and has been a consistent fixture in the Canada lineup. He has started both games, and has lead the team in averaging around 35 minutes per game. In the opening game against Mexico, Manny produced an exceptional 17 pts and 12 rebounds. Although he did not have his finest shooting performance today, Manny was still able to put up a double-double, with 14 pts and 12 rebounds.
Team Canada will conclude pool play tomorrow when they take on Argentina. This should be a great challenge for Manny and the rest of the team, as Argentina are one of the best countries in international play. Manny has been very impressive on the international stage so far, and it appears that Coach Few and the rest of the staff has produced another recruiting gem. What has impressed TKR so much, is the amount of rebounds he has been able to get each game. Its incredible that a wing player is averaging 12 rebounds per game. Best of luck to Manny and Team Canada tomorrow, and hopefully we will get a chance to see Manny go up against Team USA at some point in the tournament.