Canada sweep Belgium, Latvia pounded by Russia


After beating Belgium 79-74 at Ryerson University, Team Canada edged Belgium 74-68 again to sweep a two-game mini-series at the 2011 Jack Donohue Classic in Hamilton Ontario.

Davis Bertans

Canada led 39-26 at the break and controlled the game for much of the second half.

San Antonio Spurs rookie Cory Joseph seems to be in the process of finding his way with the national team. He played 20 minutes and finished with three points and one assist.

Kelly Olynyk scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds to pace the Canadians.

Meanwhile,  Spurs 2011 draftee Davis Bertans and Latvia appears to be struggling in international competition.

For the second time in two games, Russia pounded Latvia again, 84-59 as the Russians controlled the entire game.

Russia started the game with 21-14 run and never looked back. They led 41-33 at halftime and then dominated in the second half.

Latvia shot 50 percent from the floor, but Russia connected 47 percent of their shots from beyond the arc compared to Latvia’s 35 percent.

Nikita Shabalkin poured in 18 points to lead Russia, Vitaly Fridzon notched 15 points while Utah’s Andrei Kirilenko added 12.

Janis Blums led the Latvian national team with 16 points, Janis Strelnieks with seven points and Bertans had two rebounds and a steal in seven minutes of playing time.

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7 thoughts on “Canada sweep Belgium, Latvia pounded by Russia

  1. Russia is a stronger team than Latvia, that’s for sure good see Bertans get some playing time.

    Joseph will be fine for Canada he just need more practice time with the national team.

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  3. Steve Nash could have mentored Cory Joseph had he join the national team. I’m a Spurs fan,
    but I don’t think Canada or Latvia while get past the qualifiers.

    Argentian, Brazil, Spain and France those are the teams to beat in this Olympic qualifiers.

  4. Robby

    I just hope that come the Olympics in my hometown of London there’ll actually be a venue for these guys to play in ! Let’s just say these riots have made me think about what’s happening back in the UK .

    And as far as Canada goes I’d like to see them as participants in the tournament when it comes around .

    tophatal ……

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