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Cory Joseph scores 24 points to help Canada net first FIBA World Cup victory in 17 years

Cory Joseph, Kings

Team Canada ended a disappointing FIBA World Cup on a high note after new Sacramento Kings recruit Cory Joseph led his team to a historic 82-60 victory against Senegal on Thursday.

Joseph flexed his muscles in this one, logging a game-high 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting, along with three 3-pointers, two rebounds, three assists, and a couple of steals in nearly 30 minutes of action. This was Canada’s first win in the World Cup in nearly two decades, and despite another early exit, Joseph is happy to come home with the victory:

“It’s always good when there’s a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel, that’s always good,” the Sacramento Kings guard said, via Sportsnet.

Despite the memorable evening, however, both Canada and Senegal have been eliminated from the tournament. After two blowout defeats at the hands of Australia (108-92) and Lithuania (92-69), Canada is heading home with a 1-2 record, while Senegal finishes their campaign without a victory in three contests.

It wasn’t exactly a tournament to remember for Joseph, but as he said, he will choose to focus on the positive, as he heads back to the US to start preparing for training camp with the Kings. The 28-year-old signed with Sacramento this summer on a three-year, $37 million deal.

The one-time NBA champ is coming off two productive seasons with the Indiana Pacers. He played all 82 games in back-to-back campaigns, averaging 7.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.1 steals in 26.1 minutes per contest.