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After falling to Puerto Rico in the 2013 FIBA Americas tournament Saturday, the Canadian National team returned to play Sunday against Brazil. Once the final buzzer rung in Caracas, Venezuela Sunday, San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph had put behind his struggling game against Puerto Rico (4 points, 3 assists, 2 turnovers) and exploded with 28 points to lead the Canadians to a 91-62 beat down of Brazil.
Along with his team-high 28 points on 8-of-10 shooting, Joseph also added 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and did not turn the ball over once in his 33 minutes of play. Joseph did all this while holding the highly respected Marcelo Huertas of Brazil to 3 points (1-of-5 shooting) and 3 assists.
Brazil came out as the aggressor in the first quarter with a 22-19 lead early on, but Canada's defense would be the story of the night as they held Brazil to consecutive 12-point quarters in the second and third, and then capped the win off by holding Brazil to 16 points in the final period.
Though Brazil is usually known as a powerhouse in South American basketball, this year they're missing much of their top-talent as Joseph's Spurs teammate Tiago Splitter, Washington Wizards forward Nene, Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao, and NBA guard Leandro Barbosa are not participating with the team this summer for various reasons.
Through three games, Joseph is leading Canada with 16.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. Canada will have one day off Monday before finishing Phase 1 against Uruguay on Tuesday.
In going 2-1 through the first three games, Canada currently stands in second place in Group A with 5 total points behind leader Puerto Rico (3-0), who has 6 points. In order to advance, a team must finish in the top 4-of-5 of their group.
Through three games, Canada is showing they're a force to be dealt with for opposing teams.
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(2-1) vs. (2-1)
Time/TV: 2 p.m./ESPN3
Line: Canada by 10.5
Tickets: Did you see attendance at this thing? You shouldn't have a problem
Canada's Schedule: Aug. 30 -- Canada 85, Jamaica 64; Aug. 31 -- Puerto Rico 83, Canada 67; Sept. 1 -- Canada 91, Brazil 62; Sept. 3 -- vs. Uruguay