Hapless Canada bounced from basketball worlds

The hopeless Canadians were put out of their misery after losing 71-61 to New Zealand Wednesday at the world basketball championships in Izmir, Turkey.

The hopeless Canadians were put out of their misery Wednesday at the world basketball championships in Izmir, Turkey.

Canada fell 71-61 to New Zealand, dropping the struggling basketball nation to 0-4 in Group D and denying the team a chance to advance to the knockout round.

Kirk Penney led the Tall Blacks (2-2) with 18 points, while Toronto's Jevohn Shepherd poured in 15 for Canada.

Andy Rautins, son of Canadian head coach Leo Rautins, was sent back to New York to have a bruised knee looked after. Andy Rautins hopes to be ready for the New York Knicks upcoming training camp.

The Canadians close out their competition Thursday with a difficult matchup against the defending world champions from Spain.

With files from The Canadian Press