Canada’s junior cagers out-muscled in exhibition against Serbia

Oakville’s Scott Brittain hit double figures in Canada’s Junior (under-18) National Basketball Team’s exhibition series at the Global Games in Texas on Tuesday.

Brittain, a 6-8 forward who played for Iroquois Ridge High School, scored 10 first half points in Canada’s 98-69 loss to Serbia. He was one of only two Canadians to reach double digits against the much more physical Serbians. Pickering (Ontario) guard Devoe Joseph paced Canada with 21 points and three rebounds in the loss.

Canada had an encouraging 25-point first quarter on the strength of their aggressive shooting but had trouble containing the physical Serbians, allowing them to score 33 first-quarter points. Serbia led 58-44 the half. Canadian coach Greg Francis was pleased with the overall effort of his team.

“I am very pleased that everyone gave 100 per cent tonight. The team executed well and now we have to make a few technical adjustments to move forward in the right direction.”

Canada’s next plays the USA today (Wednesday). After the Global Games wrap-up June 24, the team travels to San Antonio for the Under 18 FIBA America World Championship Qualification Tournament, June 28-July 2.

Canada has been placed in pool “B” for the qualification championship in San Antonio and will play preliminary round games against Puerto Rico (June 28), Bahamas (June 29) and Argentina (June 30).

The United States, Uruguay, Brazil and the Dominican Republic are also competing in the tournament in pool “A”. The top two finishing teams from each group will advance to the July 1 medal semi-finals while the bottom two finishing teams will play in the classification semi-finals. The finals and the final classification games will be played on July 2.