After nearly missing on a bronze medal in 2016, Canada has tackled the 2020 Olympics with a young, hungry team that has been highly successful in the group phase of the tournament – ending it with five wins out of five and commanding performances against valiant opponents such as Great Britain, France and Japan. Their game against the underdog of the Netherlands began in the same fashion – the starting five clearly overpowering the way less experienced Dutch side, François Martineau (Golden Retriever, G) and Kevin Malka (Giant Pangolin, F) emerging as the strongest contributors throughout the first half. Canada led by 16 as the teams went into their respective locker rooms, surprising Debbie Michaels (Mouse, G) being once more the only positive note among the Europeans. The mouse would end the game with 25 points, 10/19 from the field and 3/8 from outside the arc – restating her case for a spot on a FBA roster six years after she went undrafted and got forced to press for luck on the D-League and in European basketball.
Spurred by Michaels and Christiaan Hengst (Friesian Horse, C/F), another bright note for them during the tournament, the Dutch attempted to mount a comeback in the 2nd half – but they got defeated by the Canadians’ accuracy both under the rim and outside the area. Malka exploited a rather hot streak by extending his range, even going as far as scoring two 3-pointers in a PotG performance of 24 points and 9 rebounds. No reason to worry for Canada, as their Olympic run continues with this 112-87 victory against the Netherlands – their opponent still fighting until the last second and bowing out graciously after a rather positive outing here in Japan.
-I. Grammel, FurryOlympics.com