Parker leads France to second victory over Canada

A day after losing by 62 points, Team Canada put up a better fight in a rematch against the French National Team.

Canada lost 86-69 but trailed by just a point in the third quarter.

Canadian head coach Leo Rautins was ejected late in the game after he complained on a particular play involving his son Andy Rautins.

Rautins led Canada with 18 points, Jevohn Shepherd added 15 points, while Levon Kendall grabbed 13 rebounds for the Canadians.

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker topped France with 16 points, six assists and four rebounds.

While Spurs draftee Nando De Colo finished with 14 points, six rebounds, four steals, and three assists. Nicolas Batum added 15 points.

Canada’s performance was a significant improvement over Tuesday’s season-opening game when the Canadians were pounded 106-44 by France.

The games are part of Canada’s preparations for the FIBA Americas tournament this fall, which is the qualifying event for the 2012 London Olympics.

The Canadians, who recently wrapped up their first training camp of the season in Toronto, will play Bulgaria on Friday and Italy on Saturday. They’ll then face the Czech Republic twice before returning home.

They will continue to prepare for the FIBA Americas Tournament which begins next month in Argentina with several other European exhibitions.


6 thoughts on “Parker leads France to second victory over Canada

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  2. France is clearly the better team, but Canada showed up in this game and stayed with it for three quarters. It’s impressive because Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson is not yet playing for the team.

    And of course for France, that Parker-De Colo combo is really looking sharp. Go Spurs Go!

  3. De Colo looks ready to be a Spur next season, the Spurs need depth at the PG spot with the departure of George Hill and Chris Quinn, the Spurs should seriously look at his contract situation.

  4. Glad to see you caught the game! De Colo’s three point basket in transition for that and-one was amazing right? And that and-one that Turiaf made, remarkable. The French team really has a good squad!

    • It was a fun game to watch until the final minutes of last quarter when France go up by 20.

      It’s a shame, that Leo Rautins have to be ejected in an exhibition game, but maybe he got a little overboard especially his son Andy was involved on the play.

      I wished Cory Joseph could play for Canada and see how he plays.

      Thanks everyone for the comments and reads, I appreciate it!

  5. Pingback: Team Canada losses 12 straight, Joseph might join the team in August « Spurs World

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