Canadian Jevohn Shepherd, right, attempts to get by New Zealand's Pero Cameron during the world basketball championship preliminary round Wednesday in Izmir, Turkey. ((Darko Vojinovic/Associated Press))

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