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Scola Schools Canada In Puerto Rico

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.

Canada vs Argentina boxscore