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Postgame Takeaways: Baylor (USA) 93 Canada 87

July 9, 2022
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Baylor defeats Canada in the semifinals of the Global JAM after Keyonte George explodes for 37 points.  Dale Bonner chipped in 16 points, 6 assists and 4 steals to help lead the Bears to a victory into the gold medal game against Brazil Sunday 7/10 at 6pm CST.  

Positives

  • You really couldn’t script a better tournament if you are Coach Drew and the coaching staff.  You are improving each game.  You lose some close, high pressure games.  Your team is gaining a lot of confidence playing together.  You jump out to a double digit lead in the semi-final only to watch that lead evaporate in the third quarter.  But Keyonte George and Dale Bonner are finishers and put Canada away down the stretch with clutch plays.  
  • Obviously Keyonte George is going to be one of the best players in the country.  He may be inconsistent as all freshmen are but he’s proven against really good competition that he can go for 20+ in any game.  
  • Dale Bonner and Dantwan Grimes maturation during this tourney has been beautiful to watch.  This coaching staff is going into the season with confidence in six guards.  That is huge.  
  • Bridges, Lohner and Ojianwuna are learning to play together, this will be invaluable in speeding up their development this summer.  Love the progress we are seeing from Jordan Turner as well.  
  • This team is Final 4, national championship good if they put the JOY principles to work every day.  

Needs Work

  • Bigs finishing around the rim.  Left some easies on the table tonight.  
  • Transition defense, not great.  That will be an emphasis I’m sure.  
  • Nine turnovers in the third quarter, almost cost us the game but only 6 the other three quarters.  83 of Baylor’s 93 points came in quarters 1, 2 and 4.  
 
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