On September 8, Beijing time, the 2023 Men's Basketball World Cup semifinals staged the focus battle, Canada and Serbia met, the two teams defeated Canada 95-86 after four quarters of competition, and the idea of staging the American derby in the final was shattered. Canada's core player Alexander did not live up to expectations, scoring just 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the game and just one point in the final quarter.
Before the game, more people think that Canada has a certain advantage, an important reason is Canadian core player Alexander, Alexander can contribute 25 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.7 assists per game in the first 6 games, as the NBA first team player Alexander came to FIBA still played the corresponding dominance, Canada team in some difficult games Alexander as the offensive core total ability to turn the tide.
However, against Serbia, both Canada and Alexander had a bad start, Alexander was plagued by fouls, only played 3 and a half minutes in the first quarter and ate 2 fouls, and Alexander, who had not yet scored, could only get off the game early.
Entering the third quarter, Alexander suffered his third foul, and at the end of the first half, Alexander scored 5 points on 1-of-4 shooting, and his rebounding statistics were 0, which was obviously far from everyone's expectations, and Canada trailed by 13 points at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Canadian team once had a good momentum to chase points, but unfortunately could not continue to score at the end of the quarter, Alexander scored 9 points on 3-of-4 shooting in the quarter, and the offense felt a recovery.
In the fourth quarter, Canada once trailed to 17 points, but this quarter by the tall Serbian players defensive Alexander did not get enough shots, personal offensive opportunities are not much, more pass-based, in the fourth quarter Alexander only relied on free throws to get 1 point, this quarter did not even get any shots, Canada finally admitted defeat in advance to replace Alexander, Alexander scored only 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting in the game, and 0 of 2 three-pointers. Although contributing 10 assists doesn't mean much.
Serbia's Bogdanovic scored 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-4 three-pointers.