Monday, August 23, 2010

Lebanon defeats Canada on final day of Efes Pilsen Cup

Despite 20 points including 6-10 shooting from downtown from 6'5" Olu Famutimi, Canada was defeated 88-76 by Lebanon.  U.S.-born Lebanese-American 6'10" Jackson Vroman had 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead Lebanon.  6'5" Denham Brown added 9 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in 30 minutes for Canada.

The two sides meet again, this time for keeps, on Saturday as the FIBA 2010 World Basketball championships commence. 

Canada got to within 4 at 61-57 in the third quarter but a 10-3 Lebanon run restored a double digit lead and Canada could not get the game back to less than 8.  Canada again played without 6'5" Andy Rautins (status for World Championships unknown), but were also without 6'0" Tyler Kepkay (injured vs. Turkey), 6'6" Jermaine Bucknor and 6'7" Aaron Doornekamp (both precautionary measures) for today's match.  All three are expected to be ready for Saturday while no official word on whether Rautins will be ready.

BOX SCORE

CANADA (76): Jermaine Anderson 7 (3 asist), Ryan Bell 1 (3 asist), Denham Brown 9 (9 ribaund- 7 asist), Olu Famutimi 20 (4 ribaund), Rob Sacre 6 (2 ribaund), Jevohn Shepherd 6 (3 ribaund), Levon Kendall 9 (6 ribaund- 3 asist), Joel Anthony 6 (4 ribaund), Kelly Olynyk 12 (3 ribaund)
LEBANON (88): Jean Abdel-nour 6 (2 ribaund), Jackson Vroman 17 (7 ribaund- 4 asist), Ali Mahmoud 5 (3 ribaund- 3 asist), Rony Fahed 8 (4 ribaund- 7 asist), Elias Rustom 12 (1 ribaund), Elie Estephan 1, Ali Kanaan 2 (1 ribaund- 1 asist), Rodrigue Akl (1 asist), Ali Fakhredine 2 (2 ribaund- 2 asist), Matthew Freije 16 (8 ribaund- 2 asist), Ghaleb Reda 4, Fadi El Khatib 15 (4 ribaund- 3 asist)

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