Canada drops final game to end basketball worlds
Canada has wrapped up a disappointing performance at the FIBA world men's basketball championships with a 89-67 loss to defending champion Spain in Izmir, Turkey.
The Canadians went winless in their first appearance in the world championships in eight years.
Kelly Olynyk of Kamloops, B.C., scored 14 points to lead Canada, while Toronto's Jevohn Shepherd had 12. Miami Heat centre Joel Anthony of Montreal added six rebounds.
Rudy Fernandez and Fran Vasquez each had 19 points, while 19-year-old Ricky Rubio had eight points and eight assists for Spain, which raced out to a 28-17 lead after one quarter.
Canada closed it to 40-37 after point guard Jermaine Anderson's jumper with 50 seconds to go in the first half.
On its next possession, however, Fernandez blocked a Canadian shot into the hands of Spain forward Alex Mumbru, who sent an arcing full-court pass to Sergio Llull. The guard then tipped the ball to Fernandez for a layup and a 42-37 Spanish halftime lead.
Canada missed 14 of 17 shots in the third quarter as it fell behind 63-48 going into the fourth.
"Our inexperience kind of hurt us," said Anderson, who like the rest of the team played in his first major world championship. "We lost most of our games late or in the fourth quarter."
Canada previously lost to Lebanon, Lithuania, France and New Zealand to finish last in Group D.
The Canadians played their third straight game without starting point guard Andy Rautins. The Knicks draft pick was sent back to New York to have his bruised knee examined to make sure he's ready for the NBA team's upcoming training camp.
Vasquez made all nine of his field goal attempts, blocked four shots and helped Spain to a 49-28 advantage in rebounds.
"This game was very important for us," Mumbru said.