Having already qualified for the FIBA U-19 World Championships in New Zealand, the game last night against Argentina was seen as a great test for Team Canada, but not a must win. This was highlighted by head coach Greg Francis' decision to leave Mangisto Arop and Tristan Thompson out of his starting 5. This was good news for Manny, as he needed some sort of break after averaging 35 minutes per game in the first two contests. However, this was not the best decision for Team Canada, as they fell behind early, and ended up losing 74-64 to Argentina.
Despite coming off the bench, Manny was able to put up another fantastic performance. Playing against the toughest competition that Canada has faced up to this point, Manny was able to score 17 points and grab 7 rebounds in only 29 minutes. This performance is the most impressive of the tournament so far, because Manny was able to step up and put together a great showing against one of the best teams in the tournament.
Today will be the day that many Zag fans have been looking forward to, as Team Canada will match up against Team USA. This will be a chance for Manny to go up against many of the top 2008 recruits, and a couple of the best for 2009 as well. The competition in this game will give both the fans and Manny an idea of how he stacks up against some of the best young talent in the country. I am personally expecting another great performance by Manny, with around 20 points and 10 rebounds. Good luck to Manny, and I hope he shows what a gem the GU staff has found.