Nicholson Drops 13 Points as Canada Loses in Spain
In what will surely be the Canadian national team’s toughest contest of their European exhibition tour, Spain’s size proved to be too much for Canada to handle. In Coruna, Spain the FIBA World Cup hosts defeated their North American visitors 82-70 on Wednesday. It’s not an awful result considering it was Canada’s sixth game in as many days. Orlando Magic big man Andrew Nicholson came off the bench and scored 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting (3-for-9 on 3-pointers; that’s a lot) and nabbed 5 rebounds in just under 24 minutes of action.
Canada outscored Spain in the second half, 43-35. They were down 47-29 after the first half.
— Canada Basketball (@CanBball) August 6, 2014
New Chicago Bull Pau Gasol tallied 20 points while his brother Marc Gasol as well as Serge Ibaka each poured in 15 points. San Antonio Spur Cory Joseph led Canada with 19 points. Nicholson had the team’s second-highest scoring total. Spain was blowing out their opponent for much of the second and third quarters as Canada shot 39.0 FG% for the contest. Spain’s largest lead was 22 points as a tired Canada side trailed the entire game.
Coach Jay Triano’s squad will stay in Coruna on Thursday for a much needed off day before heading to Granada, Spain for practice sessions on August 8th and 9th. Canada’s tenth contest of their 11-game tour will be on Sunday August 10th against Turkey. The game will be played in Seville, Spain.