In their first exhibition game against Team Canada, the French National team showed their strength and pounded their Canadian rivals.
Les Blues outscored Team Canada 30-8 in the first quarter and continued their dominance in the second period, taking a commanding 57-17 lead at halftime.
During the second half, Team France displayed strong defense and used their height advantage and overall talent to beat Canada up in all aspects of the game.
France shot a sizzling 43-of-65 (66%) from the field and 9-of-20 (45%) from beyond the arc. On the other hand, Canada shot a woeful 16-of-55 (29%) from the floor and only 2-of-16 (13%) from three-point range.
Team France muscled their way to victory, outrebounding Canada 38-16 and outscoring them 66-16 inside the paint.
The Canadians also had 16 turnovers compared to France’s 11.
Denham Brown and Levon Kendall both scored 8 points to lead Canada, followed Kelly Olynyk with 6 points and three rebounds.
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker had 10 points and eight assists, while Spurs draftee, Nando De Colo had 12 points and four boards.
Boris Diaw scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds on his way to player-of-the-game honors as France pounded Canada 106-44.
Mickael Gelabale scored 15 points, while Ronny Turiaf and Nicolas Batum added 9 points apiece.
Canada will need to get stronger performances from their backcourt if they plan to put up a better fight against Team France.
Jermaine Anderson started at the point guard but struggled running the offense scoring just two points and back-up point guard Brady Heslip had only four.
Canada played without Miami Heat Center Joel Anthony, veteran shooting guard Carl English and Spurs draft pick Cory Joseph.
The teams meet again tomorrow as they prepare for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Qualifiers.
Canada must make sure that Joseph gets cleared to play for the team to add depth to their point guard rotation and boost their backcourt production.
France will participate in the upcoming 2011 EuroBasket qualifiers in Lithuania. Canada will try their luck at the 2011 FIBA America Qualifiers in Argentina.
France is ranked by FIBA as the 14th best team in world. Canada is ranked at the 23rd spot.