Canada's hoop dreams all but dead

Dejected Canadian players walk off the court after losing to Argentina yesterday. (AFP)

Dejected Canadian players walk off the court after losing to Argentina yesterday. (AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:06 AM ET

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


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