Raptors: Mykhailiuk Stars, Hernangomez struggle at FIBA

Battles for the final spots in the Toronto Raptors roster continued Saturday afternoon as Svi Mykhailiuk and Juancho Hernangomez took the field in the FIBA ​​European Qualifiers.

It hadn’t been a good start to the week for the two Europeans, but Mykhailiuk turned things around on his second outing for Ukraine. The 25-year-old dropped 19 points on 6-for-15 shooting, hitting a pair of three-pointers while grabbing six rebounds and six assists in a 91-88 loss to Iceland. Although five turnovers in the game did not help his cause, he finished the +8 despite losing three points.

As for Hernangomez, the 6-foot-9 Spaniard had just five points in 21 minutes on 2-for-5 shooting. He grabbed four rebounds but missed a pair of free throws for Sergio Scariolo’s side. in an 86-64 win over the Netherlands.

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The Raptors probably won’t put too much weight in the FIBA ​​competition, but the two Europeans are essentially vying for a spot this summer with competition from DJ Wilson and Gabe Brown. Mykhailiuk and Hernangomez both have fully guaranteed minimum contracts for the season alongside Justin Champagnie and Dalano Banton who are practically in a rush to make the roster.

Nick Nurse and the Canadians will play Monday night in Panama City against Panama. The team, however, will likely be without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, per Sportsnet’s Michael Grangeas well as Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Cory Joseph who will both be ruled out.

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