Saturday, 18 August 2007

Canada / Argentina Aftermath

Canada started the same 5 as they did against Puerto Rico: Jermaine Anderson, Olu Famutimi, Carl English, Samuel Dalembert and Jesse Young. Unlike the game against Puerto Rico when Canada turned the ball over early and often, English got off to a fast start, scoring Canada's first 8 points including a pair of 3's. But Carlos Delfino was also on fire, making his first 5 shots, many off solid looks from Argentina's point guard Paolo Prigioni. Denham Brown was the first off Canada's bench coming in for Famutimi and then Canada subbed out both bigs, bringing in Vlad Kuljanin and Levon Kendall. Kuljanin had contributed well in the third quarter in the victory over Puerto Rico and his entry appeared to be a vote of confidence. Kuljanin finished with 2 points and 3 rebounds, one of several Canadian players to battled foul trouble all game long. 6'7" Aaron Doornekamp, who dressed for the Argentina game over Juan Mendez who sat, made a brief appearance midway through the second quarter, playing 3 minutes, making his first shot then feeding Andy Rautins, who was the 5th man off Coach Leo Rautins bench, for a three which gave Canada a 30-28 lead. 6'8" Rans Brempong then made a brief appearance but struggled, turning it over 3 times in 4 minutes including an offensive foul. Canada shortened their bench in the second half as Brown (6 pts. 3-5, 3 rebounds in 11 minutes) came in for a pair of hoops during Canada's big third-quarter run and Dave Thomas played 15 minutes overall. Among those on the floor at the end were Dalembert, Anderson, Rautins, English and Kendall. Here is a video of a press conference after last night's Canadian victory over Argentina including Head Coach Leo Rautins and hero Carl English Canada Press Conference Here is an article from Toronto Sun

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