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Canada bows to Russia, will play for bronze at FISU basketball

July 15, 2013

Canada will play for the men’s basketball bronze medal Tuesday at the World Student Games, after they dropped a 78-68 semifinal decision today to host Russia at Kazan.

The Canadians, undefeated through five preliminary games and Sunday’s quarter-final win over Brazil, fell behind 22-11 in the first quarter. Russia, undefeated in the tournament — having scored 94 points or more in four of its games — led 43-26 at halftime and 64-44 going into the fourth quarter, when Canada rallied. Though the Canadians outscored Russia 24-14 in the final 10 minutes, it wasn’t enough.

Kingston’s Owen Klassen, a senior at Acadia University, had five points and five rebounds in 18 minutes of playing time for Canada, which will face Serbia in the bronze-medal match at 7 p.m. local time (11 a.m. EDT).

Serbia lost 65-62 to Australia in today’s other semifinal. The only blemish on the Australian record is a 92-83 loss to Canada in the preliminary round.



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