DISAPPOINTING LOSS FOR CANADA TO ARGENTINA AT FIBA AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP

In an intensely close game against Argentina, Team Canada fell short 73-67, which concludes their performance in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.

Team Canada came out strong in the first half of the game leading 36-32 at the half-way mark.  In the second half, Argentina went on a 7-0 run midway through the third quarter taking their first lead of the game.  The fourth quarter saw similar energy from the Argentinians which ultimately resulted in Canada’s defeat with the score of 73-67.

The Canadians shot an overall 39 percent in the contest. Point guard Cory Joseph led the way for his team with 19 points while Andrew Nicholson contributed 17 points. The full game statistics are available here.

Following the defeat, head coach Jay Triano commented, “Of course this is disappointing and not the result we were looking for, but this is a valuable learning experience for a young team like ours.  There wasn’t a game where we were not extremely competitive and it shows how close we are.”

He added, “This game against Argentina was tough and we were very competitive throughout. I’m proud of our players and the way they handled themselves throughout the tournament.”

Steve Nash, general manager of the senior men’s program reflected on the team’s performance as follows, “I share with our players, coaches and staff the bitter disappointment in not qualifying for the FIBA World Cup. While we fell short of our intended goal I'm incredibly proud of the group for their hard work and growth over a short period of time. We have a very young team with little international experience and even less experience as a unit.  These battles on foreign soil are invaluable to the growth and eventual success of our program. I love our program and look forward to the continued work it will take to build a winner in international basketball.”

In addition to the zone championships to determine berths at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, FIBA also has four wild cards that they will allocate to fill the field of 24 teams.  That decision will be announced in December 2013.