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« on: August 29, 2009, 08:47:26 PM »
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- After two relatively easy games at the FIBA Americas basketball tournament, Canada ran into a much tougher opponent Saturday

Martin Osimani's deep three-pointer with 21 seconds left was the difference as Uruguay downed the Canadians 71-69.

Although disappointed with his team's performance coming off a 95-40 drubbing of Mexico and a 87-67 win over the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada coach Leo Rautins says the loss could be a benefit in the long run.

"The first two games give the players a false sense of reality, I think this is a good game to kind of toughen you up," said Rautins in a conference call.

"How (Uruguay) plays is how the majority of these teams play. They're physical, aggressive. So you've got to take the positives. A game like this is going to help get us ready."

The Canadians (2-1) rallied from an early deficit but ultimately fell short as they failed to move into a tie with Puerto Rico atop the Group A standings. Canada wraps up preliminary-round play against the host Puerto Ricans on Sunday (The Score, 9 p.m. ET).

With the game tied 67-67 late, Osimani pulled up several feet in front of the three-point line and hit the shot that put Uruguay back ahead for good. Jermaine Anderson made two free throws with 16 seconds left to cut the lead to one, but Osimani answered by making one of two free throws.

Canada had a chance to tie on its final possession, but Carl English's jumper hit the front rim and bounced away.

Esteban Batista led the way with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Uruguay (2-1), while Osimani added 12 points and nine assists.

Rautins said his team didn't come out with same energy in the first quarter as it did in the first two games.

"I didn't feel we came ready to play. We've done a good job of doing that the first two games and (we) just didn't come out with the intensity and focus that we needed," said Rautins.

"We kind of got away from what we need to do to be successful and that certainly hurt us in this ball game."

Jesse Young had a game-high 20 points and added eight rebounds for Canada, while Miami Heat centre Joel Anthony chipped in with 13 and English had 12.

"Going into the game we knew what type of team Uruguay was, really tough, really physical. (But) we didn't seem to be as prepared for that," said Anthony.

Long-range shooting was Canada's undoing Saturday. After burying Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with an array of three-pointers earlier in the tournament, the Canadians went just 5-for-22 from beyond the arc against a Uruguayan team that defended the three-point shot well.

Uruguay finished with a 30-29 edge in rebounding.

Things looked promising early on for Canada, with threes by English and Olu Famutimi contributing to an 8-2 run to start the game. But Uruguay responded with a 7-0 run to take the lead, and gradually built on it throughout the quarter.

A Reque Newsome jumper extended Uruguay's lead to seven, and Mauricio Aguiar hit a three on the next possession to give the Uruguayans a 25-16 advantage through one quarter. Batista and Osimari had eight points apiece for Uruguay in the quarter, while Famutimi and Anthony had five each for Canada.

Canada kept things close in the second, with Anthony's tip-in drawing the Canadians to within two late in the quarter. But Gustavo Barrera responded with a late three-pointer to give Uruguay a 36-31 halftime lead.

English's long two-pointer put Canada briefly back in front, but Batista made an easy layup as part of a 9-0 run that saw Uruguay enjoy a 51-47 advantage after three quarters.

Trailing by as many as seven in the fourth quarter, the Canadians stormed out to an 11-0 run highlighted by a Famutimi layup that put Canada back in the lead.

An Aguiar three-pointer moved the Uruguayans back in front 64-63, and they held onto the lead after Young committed a three-point foul on Leandro Garcia, who made all three free throws. Young responded with a thundering dunk to tie the game, setting up the frantic finish.

Canada will be playing its fourth game in four days when it meets Puerto Rico on Sunday.

"Puerto Rico has played some good games and certainly it's a hostile environment," said Rautins.

"But at the same time it's a fun environment, it's an energy environment and it's one that we have to find a way to win in."

Earlier Saturday in Group A, Omar Quintero and Anthony Pedroza poured in 17 points apiece as Mexico (1-2) earned an 80-63 win over the U.S. Virgin Islands (0-4).

Later, the Dominican Republic (1-1) battled Venezuela (1-2) while Panama (1-1) faced Argentina (0-2) in Group B action.

Just amazing, for us this was a big accomplishment even though it really meant nothing, but for us it was big.
Hope we can improve even though we are 3 millions and a soccer nation...

YEAHHHHH!!!!!


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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2009, 09:00:14 AM »
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DAMN YOU.
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2009, 11:07:46 AM »
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DAMN YOU.

LOL

I was waiting this kind of response by my fellow Canadians from HH.
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2009, 05:25:59 PM »
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Great game, fun to watch, but you gotta admit, there were some things that coulda been called on that last play for Canada. 2 which were normal calls that are usually made, and 2 that were soft and usually not called in late game situations. Still, we should have had better shot selection down the stretch and had not been in that situation. Next games on TheScore at 9 tonight.
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