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|11||F. PIETRUS||Did not play|
|12||N. DE COLO*||23||2/5||40||1/2||50||1/3||33.3||0/0||0||0||1||1||4||5||1||3||0||5|
|9||O. FAMUTIMI||Did not play|
|10||A. RAUTINS||Did not play|
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IZMIR (FIBA World Championship) – Canada has once again given up a fourth quarter lead to suffer their third consecutive defeat, falling out of contention for the FIBA World Championship after their 68-63 loss to France.
Free throws proved the difference in the final period, where neither France nor Canada could create open shots. Canada hit 7/10 for the term compared to France’s 8/8, with the North Americans hitting just 3/6 in the final five minutes.
While Canada’s effort was tremendous, pulling in four offensive rebounds in the final term, they could not hit the open shots those boards created.
For France, Nicolas Batum (24 points, 7 rebounds) was superb, making big shots throughout the game, including 17 points in the second half. Canada’s Levon Kendall – who missed two wide open three pointers to tie the game deep in the fourth - finished with 15 points, while Kelly Olynyk made a sparkling FIBA World Championship debut with 13 points on 4/5 shooting.
Canada started strongly, with Kendall scoring five quick points to set up an 8-3 lead. In a physical struggle, the Road Warriors held that lead until a 6-2 France run in the final minute tied the scores at 15-15 at quarter time.
The arm wrestle continued in the second term, with Canada pushing the ball but struggling to break the French transition defence, while France had no answer for the tough interior defence of Joel Anthony and Kendall. A 28-28 deadlock at half time was the result.
France threatened to slip away in the third term when they led by four, but Kendall and Olynyk – Canada’s captain at last year’s FIBA U19 World Championship – strung together important buckets to give their country a 48-46 three quarter time lead.
France play Lithuania Wednesday night in a game that could decide first place in Group D. Canada faces New Zealand but in reality have little more to play for than pride.
Collet (France, coach): What was great was that we had the courage to stay in the game. We held them to seven points in the last quarter, only a couple of drives by Brown and rebounds by Anthony allowed them to score. That’s why we won the game, and Nico (Batum) had a great game.
Leo Rautins (Canada, coach): I thought most of the game we did a decent job of doing what we were trying to do. Occasionally they found a couple of holes, as good teams do.
IZMIR (FIBA World Championship) - A disciplined 24-13 final quarter and the brilliance of stalwart Fadi El Khatib have delivered an emotional 81-71 victory over Canada in Izmir, which they celebrated with their vocal fans.
For much of the game Canada looked the better team, but a stunning second half display by El Khatib (31 points, 8 rebounds) and strong support from point guard Rony Fahed (17 points) and Matt Freije (12 points, 4/7 three pointers) allowed Lebanon to record their come-from-behind victory.
For Canada, Joel Anthony was a force inside with 17 points and 6 rebounds, and received support from Andy Rautins (10 points), Denham Brown (13 points) and Levon Kendall (11 rebounds).
Crucially, Lebanon restricted Anthony and Rautins, who were dominant in the first half, to just two field goal attempts in the final quarter.
Both teams promised to play quick and in the first quarter they delivered, thrilling the large crowd in Izmir. Rautins nailed two big three pointers early, which were answered in kind by Lebanon big man Matt Freije.
Canada broke free after quarter time and consecutive Anthony baskets gave them a 30-25 lead. But Lebanon answered to draw even to set the trend for the next two quarters.
Canada started the third term with a 7-1 run, but Lebanon answered immediately through back-to-back threes from El Khatib and Fahed, who visited with FIBATV.Com after the game.
Canada then responded with two of their own to take a 52-44 lead with 4:45 to play, but El Khatib would not let his team lie down, scoring at will near the basket on his way to 16 points for the quarter to bring Lebanon within one.
The last quarter was all Lebanon, who executed in the half court and coolly converted important free throws, leaving Canada coach Leo Rautins to lament his team shooting 2/9 from the perimeter in the final term and a 26-11 foul count.
Lebanon faces France tomorrow at 6:30pm, while Canada will regroup to take on Lithuania at 4pm.
Ali Mamoud (Player) : We had prepared very well physically and psychologically. We concentrated on the game. All victories are important for us, there has been four years since our last good performance but every victory has a different importance for us.
Tab Baldwin (Coach): We are happy. People don’t expect anything from teams like Lebanon. Basketball is universal sport and there are important players all over the world. Canada was a hard team. Fadi El Khatib played very well in the World and Asia Championships, he believes in himself and he is playing very well.
We defeated France four years ago. There are so many injured players but they are one of the best teams in the world. We will play our best against France.
Leo Rautins (Coach): It was a hard game for us. There were differences between two teams. We made so many turnovers. Lebanon scored so many points from free-throws. But now we will focus on tomorrow’s game. Lithuania is a good team. We need to be more aggressive.