The Canadian National Team showed that it is still a team to reckon with in the FIBA Americas Championship. A day after bowing down to Puerto Rico, Team Canada showed the moxie that everyone expected and rolled to a 91-62 victory over Brazil on Sept. 1.
Trailing 22-19 after one period of play, the Canadian National Team (2-1) picked up their defensive tenacity and held Brazil (0-2) to 40 points over the final three quarters.
Team Canada harassed Brazilian shooters all day and held them to 36 percent shooting from the floor, including just six made three-pointers (33 percent). Canada forced Brazil into 13 turnovers, 10 of which came on steals, and swatted three shots away. Canada also allowed Brazil just 16 points in the paint and out-rebounded Brazil 37-31.
San Antonio Spur Cory Joseph scored a game-high 28 points, on 10-of-15 shooting from the field, to lead four Canadians in double figures. Joseph also produced a team-high nine rebounds to go-along with a game-high four dimes.
Jermaine Anderson 14 points, on 6-of-9 shooting, Andy Rautins 13 points and Andrew Nicholson 12 points were the other players in double-figures for Team Canada.
Guilherme GIOVANNONi led Brazil with 11 points and eight rebounds . Alex Garcia also reached double figures for Brazil.
Canada shot 46 percent from the field (31-of-67), 42 percent from beyond the arc (8-of-19) and 82 percent from the charity stripe (21-of-26). Canada also only turned the ball over six times.
Mexico (2-0), scored the game’s first eight points, began the game on a 17-4 run and coasted to a 87-65 victory over Paraguay on Sept.1.
Mexico led 29-9 after one quarter, 50-25 after two and 71-39 at the end of three. No Mexican starter played more than 17 minutes.
Orlando Mendez led Mexico with 17 points, on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 3-of-3 from the three-point line. Atlanta Hawk Gustavo Ayon was a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor and tallied 14 points. Jorge Gutierrez (11 points), Paul Stoll (11 points) and Jovan Harris (10 points) also reached double-figures for Mexico.
Mexico shot 48 percent from the field (30-0f-63) and knocked down 10 triples while Paraguay shot 42 percent from the field (25-of-59).
Ramon Sanchez led Paraguay (0-3) with 15 points. Guillermo Araujo contributed 14 points while Jose Fabio and Federico Mellone had 11 points apiece.