Canada has bombed out of the FIBA Americas tournament without a berth in next summer’s World Cup.
Three straight losses sealed the men’s basketball team’s fate and dealt the rising program a considerable setback.
Jay Triano has tried all along to temper expectations, pointing to the age and experience disparity between Canada and its opponents, but qualifying was still a doable achievement. The club had been one of the best at the tournament in most categories until the losing skid and stayed right with veteran-laden Argentina on Sunday.
Leading all game until late in the third quarter, Canada had no answers for Luis Scola in a devastating 73-67 loss.
“There wasn’t one game where we weren’t competitive and I think that shows how close we are,” Triano said on a conference call.
“Our three best players are 22, 23 years old and we’re going up against men who have played at a high level for a long time. That’s why we’re here ... They need this experience an