After losing their first two games at the Tuto Marchand Cup, San Antonio Spurs rookie Cory Joseph and Team Canada were determined to get a win.
Canada finished the first quarter trailing by only two points, 15-17; but lost composure during the second period as the Dominican Republic dominated 22-11 and went into halftime with a 39-26 lead over Canada.
The Canadians took the third quarter 17-15 to cut the deficit 43-54 heading into the final period.
In the fourth quarter, behind Carl English and Aaron Doornekamp, Team Canada made furious rally and were trailing just 59-60 with 2:02 left in the game after a Denham Brown dunk.
On the ensuing play, Miami Heat center Joel Antony fouled Jack Martinez, who made both free throws to up the Dominican Republic’s lead 62-59.
However, Team Canada is not yet done.
After 1:05 minutes of empty possessions from both teams, Jermaine Anderson hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 22 seconds remaining.
Sacramento Kings’ Francisco Garcia missed a 3-point shot attempt on the next play but the Dominican Republic grabbed the offensive rebound and Martinez made a jumper to go up 64-62 with 2 seconds left.
Canada called timeout to set up a play, but Anthony missed the shot at the buzzer as the Canadian’s suffered their third defeat in as many games.
English led Canada with 18 points, five rebounds and three assists, Doornekamp had 11 points and four rebounds, Brown added 10 points and two rebounds.
Anthony scored six points and grabbed five boards for Team Canada while Spurs’ Joseph had three points, three rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 23 minutes of play.
Garcia led the Dominican Republic with 18 points, and Martinez dominated with 16 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in the win.