Canada Finishes 10th After Loss to Australia
Australia 101 Canada 96 – Canada settles for 10th place in the 24 country tournament, as they drop a close one to the Aussies on Tuesday. In this final game in the FISU Championships, again it was Kevin Bercy (St. FX), leading the way for Canada. Posting an impressive 22 points / 13 rebounds double-double, Bercy was 10/16 from the floor. In a dizzying opening quarter, it was 40-35 Canada, but defense steadied in the 18-14 Australia 2nd stanza. All tied after 3 quarters, then the Aussies took the 4th by 5.
As was expected, Canada got stellar play from Carleton’s Kaza Kajami-Keane (25 points/ 6 rebounds/ 9 assists) and his Ravens’ teammate, Connor Wood , who added 20 points on 6 of 10 from 3 point range. It was essentially an 8 man rotation for the Canucks, as both Conor Morgan (UBC) and Javon Masters (UNB) were on the bench with injuries. Manitoba’s Justus Alleyn, and Calgary’s David Kapinga were used sparingly.
For the medals, it was Lithuania seizing gold with an 85-74 win over the U.S. , and Latvia claiming bronze 81-74 over Serbia. Box Score
Canada Loses to Argentina in FIBA Americas Play
Argentina 92 Canada 86 – Canada lost their 2nd straight in Argentina, and will need a herculian effort vs Venezuela to make the medal round. The Canadians shoot 51% from the floor, but the Argentines are better, with 56%. Canada is led by Brady Heslip’s 24 points, as he and Oliver Hanlan (16 pts) combine for 6/11 from 3 point range. Four Canucks in double figures, with Andrew Nicholson doing all he can, with 12 points and 18 big rebounds.
Canada must beat Venezuela by 25+ points in Tuesday’s game, which can be watched on LiveBasketball.TV at 6:30 Eastern time.
NCAA vs U-Sports Scores –
Carleton 73 Siena (NY- Div 1) 66
McGill 80 St. Francis – (Brooklyn -Div 1) 67
Ottawa 80 Ramapo College (Div 3 – NJ)