It was too much Luis Scola for Team Canada as the veteran Argentine power forward scored 25 points in his team’s 83-74 victory at the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup in Puerto Rico. Canada led this game at half-time 33-29 on a buzzer-beating three pointer by Andrew Nicholson, but Argentina pulled away after half on Scola’s strong play.
Canada was led by Nicholson who had 17 points going 3-3 from deep and Tristan Thompson who just missed another double-double finishing with 16 points and 9 rebounds, but Canada lost this game in the paint where they were outscored 20-12 and from the three-point line. Argentina hit on 16 of 27 three-point attempts while Canada was just 10-26. Scola shot 5-6 from three-point range.
Joel Anthony only played 13 minutes, but he opened the 4th quarter with a rebound and put-back to get the game close. When things start to count a week from now, Canada will need his veteran presence on the court.
This was the second loss in a row for Canada at this tournament and it was the second time an NBA veteran with FIBA experience had a big game against them. Canada’s best players are young and inexperienced playing FIBA rules. Hopefully they learn fast.
Canada plays again on Saturday against the Dominican Republic.