GOLD COAST, Australia - Canada's men's Commonwealth Games team fell 87-47 to hosts Australia in the gold medal game on Sunday afternoon to finish second at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Munis Tutu led Canada with 10 points and six rebounds, while Justus Alleyn and Grant Shephard added seven points each in the loss.
Trailing 20-10 after the first quarter, Australia used a 16-0 run in the second quarter to help build a 45-19 halftime lead. The young Canadian squad continued to battle in the second half but the deficit the experienced Australian side established was too much to overcome.
The medal was Canada's first in men's basketball at the Commonwealth Games. Basketball has only been on the Commonwealth Games program once, at Melbourne 2006 (Canada did not enter teams in the tournament). The silver was also Canada's only medal on the final day of competition and the 82nd medal (15 gold, 40 silver, 27 bronze) for Canada at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
A total of six CW men's players were on the Canadian roster, incluidng Mamadou Gueye from the University of Alberta. All 12 of the players on the men's team are U SPORTS players, with Canada West's six players leading the way among U SPORTS' four conferences (5 OUA and 1 AUS).