Canada sink New Zealand on the buzzer
Mamadou Gueye’s three-point buzzer beater sent Canada into the gold medal game with an upset 88-86 win over New Zealand in the men's basketball semifinals at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday.
Canada led by 20 points late in the third quarter, but New Zealand fought back in the fourth to take a one-point lead with 5.1 seconds remaining on Shea IIli's free throw.
On the last play, Canada tried to get the ball in the hands of top scorer Ammanuel Diressa, but New Zealand defended the play well and denied him the ball.
That left Gueye to throw up a three-point prayer that banked in off the backboard as time expired.
"It was a bit of a scramble, that's not the play we drew up but the ball fell to me and I was confident as soon as the ball left my hands," Gueye said.
Canada will play Australia in the gold medal game on Sunday at 11:30, while New Zealand meets Scotland for bronze.