GWANGJU, South Korea (Team Canada) – The Canadian men’s basketball team was shut down in the fourth quarter by France, leading to a 64-46 defeat as the two teams met in the consolation semi-final of the Summer Universiade. Canada will play its final game tomorrow against Estonia to determine seventh and eighth place in the 23-team tournament.
The match against Estonia is set for 10 a.m. on Monday (9 p.m. Sunday ET).
Canada had a strong start to the game, leading 13-11 at the end of the first quarter with balanced scoring across the lineup. That would remain the case throughout the game, with only Adika Peter-McNeilly reaching double digits. The Ryerson University guard led Canada with 10 points.
France pulled ahead late in the second quarter, using back-to-back three-pointers to establish a 25-23 advantage. That was part of a 12-4 run which had the French ahead 31-23 at halftime.
The duo of Peter-McNeilly and his Ryerson team mate Aaron Best buoyed the Canadians in the third stanza, keeping the Red and White within reach. Free throws from Chris McLaughlin (University of Victoria) had Canada within three points at 40-37 just before the end of the third.
Wilfried Yeguete, who played for the University of Florida in their 2013-14 Final Four season, responded for France with five straight points along with an offensive rebound. Yeguete finished the game with 14 points and nine rebounds, the game leader in both categories.
The Canadians could not reply and France pulled out to a double-digit lead early in the final frame. Canada committed eight turnovers in the fourth quarter, limiting any comeback efforts.
The top eight finish in the tournament will be the third straight for Canada at the Universiade, and the 20th in 22 appearances, dating back to 1970.