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Owen Klassen scores six as Canada finishes fourth in FISU basketball

July 17, 2013

A second-half comeback fell short Tuesday and Canada was defeated 87-74 by Serbia in the bronze medal match of the men’s basketball competition on the final day of the World Student Games in Kazan, Russia.

Kingston’s Owen Klassen had six points and six rebounds for Canada, which finished fourth in the 24-team tournament. The Canadians had been undefeated in six games through the quarter-finals. Russia, which defeated Canada in the semifinals, went on to win the gold medal, with an 81-74 victory Tuesday over Australia.

Canada trailed for virtually all of the first half, with Klassen’s first field goal lifting his team to within two points — the Canadians’ smallest deficit — midway through the second quarter. Trailing by 10 points, 47-37, to begin the second half, Klassen opened scoring in the third quarter and Canada went on to tie the game with less than two minutes to play in the period, 57-57. A basket at the buzzer sent Canada into the fourth quarter with a two-point lead.

Klassen’s final basket gave Canada its biggest lead of the game, 68-64, with 7:30 left in the game but Serbia then went on a 16-of-18 run to take a 10-point lead with 1:44 to play that proved insurmountable.

One Comment
  1. Ben Smith permalink

    Thank you for your coverage of the Canada Development team at the Universiade in Kazan, Russia and particularly coverage of Owens efforts with the team. They are a group of very talented young men who will continue to improve. It has been very interesting in watching media coverage of the players in their home towns and those in which they are attending university (those cities that have newspaper coverage on a local basis).

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