Canada suffers hoops hiccup

Venezuelan Nestor Colmenares scores against Canada during their FIBA World Cup qualifier in...

Venezuelan Nestor Colmenares scores against Canada during their FIBA World Cup qualifier in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:32 PM ET

Canada’s basketball team has hit its first hiccup in pursuit of a berth at next year’s World Cup.

It came in the form of a 64-59 loss to Venezuela Friday afternoon, which dropped Canada’s record to 3-2 at the FIBA Americas tournament, tied with three other teams behind 4-1 Puerto Rico.

The top four teams book passage to the World Cup in Spain.

On Friday, coming off of a big win over Mexico, Canada didn’t adjust well to actually having people in the building taking in a game (since Venezuela is the home side) nor to the international officiating.

Canada’s outside shooting touch, so good all week, completely disappeared in a 4-for-25 evening from three, and Venezuela cashed in 45.5% of its attempts from deep, far better than the 30.3% bricklaying from everywhere else.

Canada scored just 26 points at the half and trailed by nine.

Head coach Jay Triano said Venezuela, an older squad, was far more physical.


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