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Gutsy effort propels Canada over undefeated Dominican Republic at 2011 FIBA Americas

Canada’s senior men’s national team put together a strong defensive effort to earn a gutsy 73-72 victory over undefeated Dominican Republican at the 2011 FIBA Americas.

Andy Rautins knocked down five-of-eight three-pointers to lead the Canadians with 15 points. Carl English was also hot from deep finishing with 12 points on two-of-three from downtown.

Jevohn Shepherd ignited Team Canada in the second-half and also reached double-digits with 10 points. Joel Anthony (Miami Heat) added 10 rebounds and eight rebounds.

Jack Michael Martinez paced the Dominican Republic with a big double-double with 21 points and sixteen rebounds. Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) also added 17 points and eleven rebounds.

The Canadians shot 14-of-34 (41%) from the floor, compared to the Dominicans 17-of-46 (37%). Canada connected on 10-of 23 three-pointers (43%) versus 6-for-22 and 27% percent from the Dominican.

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Canada (1-1) will play Cuba (0-2) in their next game. The Dominican Republic will get a crack at defending 2010 FIBA Americas champions Brazil.

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