The Canadian FIBA World Cup team has officially been eliminated from the competition following a 92-69 loss to Lithuania on Tuesday. The Canadians found themselves placed into Group H, arguably the most difficult group in the competition. Apart from Lithuania, who is ranked 6th in the FIBA World Rankings, the Canadians also found themselves up against an Australian side who famously ended the USA’s 78-game winning streak with a 98-94 triumph.
Cory Joseph, point guard and captain of the Canadian National Team, clearly felt frustrated with the referee’s approach to the Lithuania game.
Joseph had this to say following his side’s loss: “If you could tell me where the foul is, let me know. I watched them. I don’t know. I don’t know what to tell you. That tall dude … now I’m not one to blame anybody and I never blame no-one. It’s on us at the end of the day. But that tall dude was horrible. I don’t care. I’m done with it. I don’t care… At the end of the day we lost the game. We didn’t do enough to win.”
The Canadians will play Senegal on Thursday 5 September in what will be their third and final World Cup fixture.