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