Germany 85 Canada 73
Canada is eliminated from medal contention, as the German team has the hot hand with 53% field goal shooting vs 40% for the Canadians. With a shortned bench, especially in the 2nd half, after UBC’s Conor Morgan re-injured his ankle, Canada could not respond to Germany’s scoring. Calgary’s Mambi Diawara led with 19 points with 3/6 from outside, and he grabbed 6 rebounds, adding 3 assists. UBC grad, Jordan Jensen-Whyte, chipped in with 15 points/ 4 assists/ 3 steals, but the Germans were clearly better on the day.
The Carleton duo of Connor Wood and Kaza Kajami-Keane had an off-day, shooting a combined 8/28, with German defense concentrating on Kajami-Keane as the offensive trigger. Wood never looked to be 100% in this group play, and Kevin Bercy of St. FX seemed hampered as well. Neither UNB’s Javon Masters, Calgary’s David Kapinga, nor Manitoba’s Justus Alleyn played in this final group game.
Erik Nissen (Acadia) was, once again, the stalwart in the middle for Canada, playing 34 minutes, scoring 8 pts and adding 6 boards. Canada now will play in the ‘consolation side’ , with a game on Sunday vs Taiwan, but medal hopes are gone. Germany and Finland finish at 4-1 and go on to the quarter-finals. Qualifiers from other groups include the U.S – 5-0, Argentina – 4-1, Serbia 4-1, Latvia 3-2, Lithuania 4-1, and Israel at 4-1. Box Score
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Just 1 game on Thursday … New Hampshire (Div 1) 94 at Concordia 81
- UVic Head Coach, Craig Beaucamp, sheds some light on the Canadian Sr. National team’s road to World Cup qualifying through next week’s FIBA America’s competition in Argentina. Beaucamp, the #1 Assistant to Ryerson’s Roy Rana for this tournament, says of the roster for this event, which is short of most NBA stars, ““We are trying to get across to our players, that while they might not be the guys eventually chosen for the World Cup team, this is an opportunity for them to showcase themselves and keep themselves relevant [in their pro and international careers].” More on this team and Beaucamp’s thoughts in this Times-Colonist article by Cleve Dheensaw
- As the Summer edges closer to the Fall, we still have a few NCAA games remaining for Ontario and Quebec U-Sports teams – Carleton plays Northeastern on Friday in Ottawa, then those Northeastern Huskies meet Bishops Gaiters on Saturday, again in Ottawa. There are a series of games next week in Ottawa and Montreal with Hofstra U (NY), St. Francis, Brooklyn, NY, and Siena U. (NY).