The Canadian Press reports:

Canada’s men’s basketball team dropped a 106-44 decision to France in an exhibition game Tuesday in an ugly start to the 2011 season.

Kelly Olynyk of Kamloops, B.C., had six points to lead the Canadians, who trailed 30-8 after the first quarter and 57-17 at halftime.

Vancouver’s Levon Kendall had four rebounds for Canada, No. 23 in the world rankings compared to No. 14 for France.

Charlotte Bobcats forward Boris Diaw topped France with 16 points, while Mickael Gelabale added 15 points and Nando De Colo scored 12.

The Canadians shot just 29 per cent from the field, and 13 per cent from three-point range.