After dropping a narrow game to Serbia in the opening game of the tournament, the Aussies needed to beat the previously undefeated Canadian side to keep their hopes alive for a quarter final appearance.
The Aussies were in control of the contest from the start, keeping the strong Canadian outfit at bay for the first three quarters. They turned a six-point quarter time lead into a 12 point buffer going into the change-rooms.
The Canadians however trimmed the deficit back to eight points going into the last quarter, and kept coming at the Aussies.
In what was a dramatic conclusion to the game, the Aussies held on to take the character-building win by two points.
For the Uniroos basketball team, Cameron Gliddon was the stand-out, dropping a team-high 19 points. Clinton Steindl and Ryan Broekhoff both chipped in with nine points each.
For Canada, Tyson Hinz led all scorers with 22 points, while Michael Lieffers added 13.
The Aussies were beaten handsomely by the Canadians on the glass, with the North American side reeling in 12 more rebounds than the Aussies. The Uniroos were only able to register three offensive rebounds for the entire contest, which put considerable pressure on their shooting.
To the team’s credit, they shot well, connecting on 42 per cent of their field goal attempts, while at the other end of the floor, Canada struggled, shooting only 34 per cent, despite having nine more looks.
The Aussies now face Turkey in the final game of their group stage at 2.30PM AEST tomorrow. They need to win to have any chance of securing a place in the quarter finals.
Australia 63 (Gliddon 19, Steindl 9, Broekhoff 9) def Canada 61 (Hinz 22, Lieffers 13, Desmarais 10)