Canada's basketball Nats facing tougher test

Canada's Andrew Nicholson, going up for a basket against Brazil's Rafael Hettsheimeir during their...

Canada's Andrew Nicholson, going up for a basket against Brazil's Rafael Hettsheimeir during their FIBA Americas championship game Sept. 1, is among the tournament's leading scorers. (Reuters)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:16 PM ET

Technical problems have abounded at the FIBA Americas tournament in Caracas, Venezuela off of the floor, but things are going swimmingly on the hardcourt for Canada.

The team ignored an eight-plus hour delay due to power failure on Tuesday and blew out Uruguay 93-67 to clinch second place in Pool A. Telephone issues a day later inconvenienced only the media, since it prevented a conference call with head coach Jay Triano.

What Triano probably would have said is the 3-1 start was great and the defence has been quite good, but the challenge is about to get ramped up considerably, starting with Thursday’s game against Mexico to kick off the knockout stage.

There will not be a pushover among Mexico (which fell only to Argentina in the opening round), host Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and perennial regional power Argentina.

Triano did say late Tuesday night that he was impressed with Canada’s play given the circumstances.


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