Canada has lost its opening two games of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
After losing to Australia on the second day of the competition, Canada was blown out by Lithuania on Tuesday by a final score of 92-69.
Jonas Valanciunas was Lithuania's second-leading scorer with 13 points. The Memphis Grizzlies centre also pulled down eight rebounds in his limited minutes (16) on the court.
For Canada, Kyle Wiltjer led the way with 24 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field. Sacramento Kings guard Cory Joseph (15 points) and Orlando Magic centre Khem Birch (12 points) were the only other players to score in double figures for Canada.
.@CanBball falls short to Lithuania in today's #FIBAWC matchup.- DAZN Canada (@DAZN_CA) September 3, 2019
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If you missed any of the action, check below for updates and highlights from the game.
End of fourth quarter: Lithuania 92, Canada 69
- Lithuania outscores Canada in the fourth quarter, 22-15, to hold on to the win. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 13 points, the second-most on the team behind Edgaras Ulanovas.
- Cory Joseph continues to attack, getting to the rim for back-to-back finishes, before draining a three. He's up to 15 points.
End of third quarter: Lithuania 70, Canada 54
- Lithuania's activity on the boards is giving the Canadians plenty of problems in the third.
They've outrebounded Canada 33-18 for the game and 13-6 on the offensive glass. Domantas Sabonis is doing the bulk of the damage, with four offensive rebounds.
Edgaras Ulanovas leads 🇱🇹 in scoring: 13 PTS, 100% 2PTS, 5 REB so far👌 @musukrepsinis #LietuvaGotGame#FIBAWC #LTUCAN pic.twitter.com/KA0TYnXmQF- Basketball World Cup (@FIBAWC) September 3, 2019
- Kyle Wiltjer leads Canada with 22 points, Khem Birch has eight and Corey Joseph six, including this tough finish:
Cory Joseph with the TOUGH finish in traffic. #CanadaGotGame 🔥@CanBball #FIBAWC pic.twitter.com/FomIxzan1t- DAZN Canada (@DAZN_CA) September 3, 2019
- Canada is struggling to knock down shots, connecting on just 17-of-42 (40%) from the field through three quarters.
Half-time: Lithuania 46, Canada 36
- Lithuania maintains their 10-point lead, weathering the storm from the Canadians.
- Kyle Wiltjer is doing his best to keep the Canadians in it, pouring in 15 points in the first half, including 3-of-3 from deep.
- Edgaras Ulanovas leads Lithuania with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while Jonas Maciulis and Mantas Kalnietis have seven apiece.
- Lithuania continues to create good looks at the rim, outscoring Canada 20-8 in points in the paint and 9-2 in second chance points.
- Nick Nurse calls a timeout with 4:30 remaining to address the team and re-organise the defence, switching to a Box-and-one.
- Lithuania are keeping Canada at arm's length in the second, thanks to their three-point shooting, getting some big buckets from Mantas Kalnietis, Jonas Maciulis and Mindaugas Kuzminskas.
- Canada are battling foul trouble, with Birch and Ejim picking up three fouls each. Kevin Pangos and Owen Klassen have two.
- The Lithuanian fans are out in force!
Sure. #FIBAWC pic.twitter.com/X0Va3dWu3L- J.E. Skeets (@jeskeets) September 3, 2019
End of first quarter: Lithuania 24, Canada 14
- Lithuania take a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter, after a strong performance on the glass.
They outrebounded the Canadians 11-4, generating plenty of second-chance opportunities on the offensive glass (5-0). They outscored Canada 12-4 in points in the paint.
- Edgaras Ulanovas leads Lithuania with eight points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting, while Khem Birch leads Canada with five points, including this monster jam:
⚒👋 @Khem_Birch pump fakes and drives for the two-handed slam! #CanadaGotGame @CanBball #LTUCAN #FIBAWC pic.twitter.com/mLzhkrHTrs- Basketball World Cup (@FIBAWC) September 3, 2019
Canada: Kevin Pangos, Cory Joseph, Phil Scrubb, Melvin Ejim, Khem Birch
Lithuania: Marius Grigonis, Mantas Kalnietis, Jonas Maciulis, Domantas Sabonis, Jonas Valanciunas
Team Canada 🇨🇦 takes the court in Dongguan for Game 2! #WeAreTeamCanada #CanadaGotGame- Canada Basketball (@CanBball) September 3, 2019
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