Olynyk Records Double-Double; Canada Falls To 0-2
MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina - Canada's Senior Men's National Team is 0-2 after the first two games of Round 2 at the FIBA Americas Championship, falling to host Argentina 79-53 despite a strong game from Gonzaga University's Kelly Olynyk, and to Puerto Rico 79-74.
Canada is 2-4 overall heading into a Wednesday game against Uruguay.
Olynyk (Kamloops, BC), a junior at Gonzaga this season, scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against Argentina in his first game as a starter for Canada in the tournament. Jevohn Shepherd (Toronto, ON) continued his strong play with 12 points, and Carl English (St. John's NL) added nine.
"We were really pleased that Kelly bounced back with a great game and that we had an opportunity to limit the minutes for our core players, given the quick turnaround to the morning game tomorrow," continued Rautins, who was impressed with Olynyk's performance.
Olynyk was in the starting lineup again but failed to score in 12 minutes of action but grabbed a team-high 6 rebounds.
"Obviously it was a tough loss," said head coach Leo Rautins. "I think last night's game appeared to have an effect on us in the first half. We appeared very sluggish, like we were walking in cement. We dug ourselves a hole that we were fortunate to get out of, but Puerto Rico made some plays down the stretch and we weren't able to recover."
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