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Canada Basketball – TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA (April 6, 2018) – Canada’s men’s Commonwealth Games team lost 95-55 to Australia on Friday evening in their opening game of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Mambi Diawara led Canada with 10 points while Conor Morgan added nine points and a team-high six rebounds in the loss.  Ammanuel Diressa and David Kapinga had seven points each.

Despite leading 13-10 midway through the opening quarter, a 15-0 Australian run to end the frame saw Canada trailing 25-13 after 10 minutes.  Despite Canada’s best efforts, the defending Commonwealth Games champions extended their lead to 47-29 heading into halftime and on their way to the eventual victory.

Friday’s game was Canada’s first time competing in basketball at the Commonwealth Games.  Basketball has only been on the Commonwealth Games program once, at Melbourne 2006 (Canada did not enter teams in the tournament).

Canada is Pool A along with the previously mentioned Australia, Nigeria and New Zealand.

Click here for the box score.

QUOTES

“It was a great experience for our young kids to play against a legitimate senior men’s national team in a difficult environment.  They got a taste of a different style of play that they’re not used to.  This experience will really serve us well in the rest of the tournament and in future international games for this group.” – Kirby Schepp, Head Coach

UP NEXT

Canada continues preliminary round pool play on Saturday, April 7 against Nigeria at 14:00 (12:00 AM ET). The game will be streamed on DAZN. Click here for the complete tournament schedule.

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