Canada finishes on a downer
Missing its first 11 three-pointers in the game and blown out in a horrific defensive first quarter, Canada lost 88-73 to Argentina on Sunday night to finish fourth in the 10-team FIBA Americas world qualification tournament in San Juan.
Still, despite last night’s loss that left Canada with an overall record of 4-6 at the event, achieving the goal of qualifying for next summer’s worlds was the accomplishment they wanted.
And weekend losses to Argentina and Brazil didn’t diminish, too much, from the satisfaction.
Without a dominating inside presence, Canada has to rely on outside shooting for most of its offensive production. But stone cold is an apt description for last night’s affair as Canada was 0-9 from beyond the arc in the first half. And when Argentina blew them out with a 31-8 run in the first 10-minute quarter, there was no chance for a miracle Canadian comeback.
Canada ended up missing 10 straight three-pointers, a streak broken when Toronto’s Jermaine Anderson made one in the final 30 seconds of the third quarter, a shot that carved an Argentina lead to 24 points.
The Canadians made just five of 17 three-pointers and never got within 15 points in the final 15 minutes.
Toronto’s Jermaine Anderson led Canada with 19 points to go along with 11 assists while Luis Scola had 27 for Argentina.
The game, along with a later gold medal match between Brazil and Puerto Rico, were played to determined seeds for next summer’s world championships.