The Orlando Magic's season is still two months away, but that doesn't mean their players aren't making an impact on the court.
From August 23rd-27th, Magic players Andrew Nicholson and Melvin Ejim took part in the Tuto Marchand Cup, a series of friendlies in advance of the coming FIBA Americas tournament. Nicholson and Ejim joined the likes of Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett on Team Canada, which swept the tournament with a 4-0 record.
Wiggins and Bennett starred for Canada's team, but Ejim and Nicholson contributed in their own ways. Nicholson scored 19 points in four appearances, including a 5-of-11 showing on three-pointrs, to go with 18 rebounds. Ejim, meanwhile, shot 10-of-17 from the floor for 27 points and 27 rebounds, also in four appearances. Ejim came up big in the final, a 78-72 decision over Puerto Rico, tallying 11 points and 11 rebounds in 23 minutes.
Nicholson is entering his fourth pro season and stands as Orlando's longest-tenured player. Ejim--like Nicholson, a Toronto native--signed as a free agent in July.
The FIBA Americas tournament begins Monday, August 31st in Mexico City. Canada's schedule gets underway Tuesday, September 2nd when it takes on Argentina.