Hapless Canada bounced from basketball worlds
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