Canadians Fall to Lithuania, Eliminated from 2019 FIBA World Cup
Kyle Wiltjer’s 24 points wasn’t enough to save the Canadians on Tuesday as the Canucks fell in the second game of the FIBA World Cup, spelling the end.
With a 92-69 loss at the hands of Lithuania, Canada’s hopes of advancing in the tournament have been dashed as they now await their final World Cup contest against Senegal. The hope now is to salvage a single win before packing the bags and heading back to home soil.
While Sunday’s opener was more or less close, on Tuesday, the Lithuanians had full control of the game from the opening whistle, heading into the second quarter already up 10 points. Led by 15 points from Edgaras Ulanovas and 13 points from Jonas Valanciunas, the Lithuanians saw three more players finish in double figures as the undermanned Canadians simply had no shot against one of the world’s international powerhouses.
Outside of Wiltjer, who poured in his best international performance to date, Cory Joseph scored 15 points and Khem Birch added 12 points of his own. After an incredible performance in the 108-92 loss to the Boomers on Sunday, Kevin Pangos was held quiet, mustering all but three points in the contest.
The Canadians will now matchup against Senegal on Thursday.