Monday, August 27, 2007


It feels like Leo Rautins' lads haven't developed great putaway abiilty at the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifier. Canada got a win it absolutely needed at the FIBA Americas, 95-88over Uruguay, but it was one of those games where the lead seemed to stretch and contract. Canada was up by 10 late in the third quarter but Uruguay kept it tight till the final two minutes. That's a worrying thing for a fan (emphasis on "for a fan").

Mark Wacyk at figures Canada needs to win two of its next three games to have a shot at the semi-final. Argentina (6 p.m. tomorrow) won't be easy, but Mexico and Puerto Rico are winnable.

Carleton Ravens guard Ryan Bell's smooth handle (his only turnover came in the U.S. game) and free throw shooting came in handy. He was out at the floor in the endgame and made 3-of-4 free throws in the final minute. By the way, small world: Jesse Young led Canada with 22 points today. Back in the day, his Peterborough Collegiate high school team eliminated the Ernestown Eagles at OFSAA, the provincial championship. He was only 6-foot-7 in Grade 10.

(Oh, and some redheaded kid on the Ernestown team shot the ball in his own basket. Wasn't me, though.)

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