Puerto Rico turns it on late to beat Canada

Puerto Rico's Carlos Arroyo tries to evade Canada's Aaron Doornekan (right) and Brady Heslip during...

Puerto Rico's Carlos Arroyo tries to evade Canada's Aaron Doornekan (right) and Brady Heslip during their 2014 Basketball World Cup qualifier held in Caracas on Saturday. (AFP)

JOHN CHICK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:11 AM ET

Through three quarters against Puerto Rico Saturday, the Canadian men’s senior basketball team hung tight with one of the pre-tournament favourites at the FIBA Americas in Venezuela. But it all fell apart in the fourth, and in the process they hopefully learned a few lessons about the intricacies of international basketball.

Andrew Nicholson — perhaps dubiously — fouled out for Canada at the 6:35 mark of the final period and it completely let the air out of the team’s balloon. The Orlando Magic forward had carried Canada offensively throughout the game, leaving with 21 points and 7 rebounds on 54% shooting, but was whistled for an intentional foul, his fifth and disqualifying, not long after the Team Canada bench was called for a technical foul for being too vociferous with the refs.


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