Uruguay Puts Brazil On Brink Of Elimination With 79-73 In 2013 FIBA Americas

batista postBrazil head into the tournament with a lot of hopes but they are now on the verge of getting eliminated in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship For Men after absorbing their third-straight defeat.

Uruguay withstood several comeback attempts and held on to a huge 79-73 win over Brazil in the second to the last day of preliminary round actions in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifying tournament in Caracas, Venezuela.

Esteban Batista rose to occasion for Uruguay as he finished with 22 points, while also adding 13 rebounds and two steals for Venezuela, who kept the Brazilians at bay for almost the entire match.

Brazil took a 4-2 lead at the 8:31 mark of the first period, but Uruguay wrestled control from that point, taking the lead one minute later and never let the Brazilians get a taste of the lead again for the entire match.

Uruguay almost succumbed to the pressure in the final period though. After taking an 11-point lead with only 9:21 left to play in the game, Brazil pulled within one point, 63-62, in the 5:37 mark of the game.

Good thing for them, they were able to regroup quickly and unleashed an 8-0 run to get a lot of breathing room and held on to the hard-earned victory, which is their second win in three games.

Leandro Garcia also had a productive night for Uruguay with 16 points to go along with six rebounds, while Nicolas Mazzarino added 14 points.

With the win, Uruguay solidified their grip on the third spot in Group A behind Puerto Rico and Canada, while Brazil dropped to 0-3 – tied for the last spot in their group.

Uruguay will face Canada on Tuesday with the winner taking the second spot in the group, while Brazil and Jamaica will collide for fourth and final ticket to the second round of the tournament.

The complete stats of Uruguay – Brazil match is available on FIBA Live Stats.

Cory Joseph Propels Canada To Huge 91-62 Win Over Brazil

Cory Joseph scored 28 points to lead Canada to their second win in three games in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship in Venezuela.

Cory Joseph scored 28 points to lead Canada to their second win in three games in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship in Venezuela.

Canada bounced back from a disappointing loss with an impressive 91-62 blowout victory over Brazil in the third day of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship on Sunday night in Caracas, Venezuela.

Cory Joseph, who was limited to four points in their 83-67 loss to Puerto Rico on Saturday, found his touch on Sunday night as he finished with 28 points on 10-for-15 shooting to go along with nine rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

“He’s got a great mix going right now of finding other guys and contributing in points by himself,” said Canada head coach Jay Triano on Joseph, who played for the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA last season.

Jermaine Anderson provided spark from the bench as well, contributing 14 points and three assists. Andrew Nicholson, another player with NBA experience, had 13 points, while Andrew Rautins finished with 12 points for Canada.

Canada built a 12-7 lead in the first four minutes of the match before Brazil found their rhythm and took a three-point lead after the first 10 minutes of the game.

Brazil were still ahead by three points, 31-28, in the 5:22 mark of the game, but Canada suddenly took control by unleashing a huge 16-3 run to end the half with a 44-34 lead. The Canadians dominated the third period as well, outscoring Brazil, 24-12, and they never looked backed en route to the huge 29-point victory.

“Three games in three days, I was really pleased with the energy level that we had. I think we matched if not had a better energy level than Brazil, who had a day off yesterday,” said Triano after the game.

Canada will take a much-needed rest on Monday night, while Brazil will look to regroup when they take on Uruguay in the third game of day four of the qualifying tournament for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain next year.

For complete stats of the Canada – Brazil match, you can check the 2013 FIBA Americas official box score.

Brazil Absorbs 72-65 Defeat Against Puerto Rico In 2013 FIBA Americas Opener

Puerto Rico celebrates after scoring an impressive 72-65 win over rival Brazil in the 2013 FIBA Americas preliminary round.

Puerto Rico celebrates after scoring an impressive 72-65 win over rival Brazil in the 2013 FIBA Americas preliminary round.

Puerto Rico leaned on an impressive fourth-quarter performance to start their 2013 FIBA Americas Championship campaign with a 72-65 win over Brazil on Friday night in Caracas, Venezuela.

Trailing by three points after the first three periods, Puerto Rico played with a lot of sense of urgency in the final 10 minutes of the match as veterans Jose Juan Barea and Renaldo Balkman taking over for their squad, outscoring the Brazilians by 10 in the entire fourth quarter.

Balkman was an immovable force inside the paint as he finished with 27 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field in 37 minutes of playing time, while also tallying eight rebounds and four blocks.

John Holland also had a productive night for Puerto Rico as well with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Barea tallied 12 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Veteran guard Carlos Arroyo failed to find his touch, finishing with just seven points on 2-for-9 shooting from the field.

Both teams struggled to find their touch from the three-point region with Puerto Rico shooting just 15 percent (2-for-13), while Brazil had a slightly-better 24-percent clip (4-for-17).

Free-throw shooting proved to be the difference in the match with the Puerto Ricans converting 22 of their 28 free-throw attempts, while the Brazilians went 15-for-20 from the 15-foot line. Puerto Rico had five blocks compared to just one from Brazil.

Marcelo Huertas, a veteran of international basketball competitions, finished with 16 points and five assists for Brazil, while Guilherme Giovannoni while Vitor Benite added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Puerto Rico will look to take their second win in as many days when they face Canada on Saturday, while Brazil takes a free day.

The Brazilians, who are playing in the tournament without stars Tiago Splitter and Anderson Varejao, will resume their campaign on Sunday against Canada as well.