CANADA CONCLUDES POOL PLAY WITH LOSS TO NEW ZEALAND AT THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Canada Basketball – CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA (April 9, 2018) – Canada’s men’s Commonwealth Games fell to New Zealand 82-60 on Monday evening to conclude pool play with a 1-2 record at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
David Kapinga led Canada with 12 points, while Mambi Diawara added ten points, five steals and four rebounds in the loss. Ammanuel Diressa, who represented Canada at the FIBA Americup 2017 last August, had nine points.
Following a 5-0 run from New Zealand to open the game, Canada used a 5-0 run of their own to close the gap to just four points early in the second quarter. However, New Zealand answered with nine unanswered points and entered halftime with a 40-31 advantage. The young Canadian team fought to keep things close but the experienced New Zealand squad held Canada to just 12 points in the third quarter and ultimately pulled away in the second half.
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Canada is Pool A along with Australia (3-0), New Zealand (2-1) and Nigeria (0-3).
With the victory, New Zealand, along with Australia, will proceed to the semifinals, while Canada and Nigeria will play the top two teams from Pool B — Scotland (3-0) and England (2-1) — in the qualifying finals.
“Although today was a tough loss, we improved defensively and we hope it will translate into tomorrow’s game. We’ll be ready to go tomorrow night.” – David Kapinga
“I was very proud of the way the guys competed tonight against a tough and experienced New Zealand side. It was nice to see contributions from different players tonight. We are going to need that depth in the cross over game.” – Kirby Schepp, Head Coach
Canada will face England on Tuesday, April 10 at 17:30 (3:30 AM ET) in the qualifying finals. Click here for the complete tournament schedule.
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