Canada Falls To Greece
Aug. 9, 2005
CORDOBA, Argentina - Gonzaga University sophomore Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes and Canada fell to Greece 62-53 Tuesday in the U-21 World Championship basketball tournament.
Canada is now 1-3 in the tournament, the Canadians awarded a first-game forfeit victory over Iran when that country withdrew from the tournament prior to the opening game. Canada had defeated Greece 73-61 in late July at the Jack Donohue International Classic in Mississauga, Ontario.
Altidor-Cespedes continued his struggles from the field, going 0-for-5 against Greece and dishing out two assists in 17 minutes. Greece opened the game with a 6-0 run before Canada rallied to tie the score at eight and win the quarter 13-10.
In the second quarter, Canada's tournament-long shooting woes appeared as Greece outscored Canada 15-8 in the period to take a 25-21 lead. Majak Kou (Hamilton, ON) and Vlad Kuljanin (Toronto, ON) scored a game-high tying eight points in the opening half.
Canada began the second half with an 8-0 run to take a 29-25 lead. However, Greece battled back to take a 40-35 lead with two minutes remaining in the third quarter, a lead that would shrink to two points (42-40) at the end of the period.
Greece forced some Canadian turnovers and made some key shots in final stanza to extend their lead. Despite closing the gap to five points in the closing minutes of the contest, Canada missed some key shots and could not overcome the deficit.
Canada has been struggling to find its shooting stroke, connecting on 32.8 percent (21-64) against Greece, compared to 48.0 percent (24-50) by the victors.
Kou recorded a team-high 17 points while Kuljanin added 10 and a team-high tying six rebounds (Levon Kendall, Vancouver BC). Konstantimos Vasileiadis scored a game-high 23 points for Greece.
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