Greece (They are in Group C)
routs Canada in basketball exhibition
ATHENS, Greece - Canada's preparations for the FIBA world basketball championship took a big hit Tuesday after the men's team lost 123-49 in an exhibition game against Greece.
"It was a tough game against a very strong Greece team, after a long day of travel," Canadian head coach Leo Rautins said.
The Canadians, who just arrived in Europe after playing three exhibitions games in Toronto and Vancouver, was held to just six first-quarter points and made just one of 15 field-goal attempts in the opening 10 minutes.ada sh just 25.9 per cent from the floor for the game.
Greece built a 58-20 halftime lead and didn't take its foot off the gas pedal in the second half. Greece finished the game shooting 80.5 per cent in two-point field goal attempts and 72.2 per cent from beyond the arc.
Eight different Greek players hit at least one three-pointer. Canada only hit six long-range shots as a team.
Sofoklis Schortsanitis led Greece with 24 points, hitting 11 of the 12 field goals he attempted. Kostas Vasileiadis had 14 and Georgios Printezis, whose rights are held by the Toronto Raptors, was one of four Greek players to score 12.
Jevohn Shepherd was perfect in four attempts from the free throw line and led Canada with 12 points. Denham Brown was the only other player to crack double digits, scoring 12 points.
Canada was without Andy Rautins, one of its best pure shooters.
Canada faces Serbia in another pre-tournament game tonight