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The last games of Window 5 of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Americas Qualifiers have been played, and the top performers from this window came through with big performances for their national teams in important matches.

Let’s take a look at who stood out on Gameday 2 of Window 5 as we say farewell to the final window of 2022 and get ready to shift our focus to the final window that will take place in February of 2023.

Bruno Caboclo, who was previously nominated to the best performers from Gameday 1 of Window 5, once again made the top five after ending with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks in Brazil’s massive 102-56 triumph against Mexico, as they finished the window 2-0 to move into second position in Group F.

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The Canadian national team continued to demonstrate their superiority in the qualifications by maintaining their perfect record of 10-0 in Group E. Aaron Best had a breakout performance in his team’s rout of Panama, 112-71, as he had a career-high 22 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals while shooting an effective 6-of-9 from three-point range.

David Stockton led the United States of America to an 88-81 victory over Colombia and finished tied for the team lead with 23 points. Stockton also finished with three assists and shot 7-of-11 from the field and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. The United States of America are still in first place in Group F despite their 1-1 record in the window. This was the game in which he scored the most points out of the six that counted for his qualification.

Michaell Jackson played in his 10th game across all the windows and had his finest game of the Americas Qualifiers, but it was not enough to prevent a close loss to the United States of America (88-81). The 35-year-old concluded the game with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals while shooting 6-of-12 from the field and 11-of-11 from the free throw line for a perfect shooting performance. He also had the highest efficiency rating of Gameday 2 with his performance (31).

Esteban Batista, a seasoned center for Uruguay who has played the position for many years, rounds out the list of the best performances. The 39-year-old veteran, who has been a mainstay for the national team, led all scorers with 19 points, had a game-high 16 rebounds (his best total in the qualifications), and dished out 3 assists in the national team’s 76-68 loss to Puerto Rico.

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