Canada Scores 85-64 Win Over Jamaica In 2013 FIBA Americas Championship Opener

cory joseph bantayCanada is off to a strong start as they opened up the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship festivities with a huge 85-64 victory over Jamaica in the opening day of the tournament in Caracas, Venezuela.

Considered as one of the favorites to finish within the top four, Canada imposed their will early as they built a 13-2 lead in the first four minutes of the match before it was trimmed down five points at the end of the first quarter.

But just as everyone thought that it will be a blowout, Jamaica made Canada bleed for the win, but the Canadians unleashed a huge rally in the second period, building a commanding 42-25 lead at the half.

The half-time break broke the momentum of Canada, while Jamaica threatened to make a comeback before the Canadians quickly halted the run of the Jamaicans as Canada ran away with the victory.

Cory Joseph, who played for the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA last season, had a stellar performance as he flirted with a triple-double, finishing 17 points and 10 assists to go along with eight rebounds and two steals.

Brady Heislip also a decent offensive contribution as he finished with 17 points, Levon Kendall added 13 points and eight rebounds, while Tristan Thompson posted 11 points and 12 rebounds for Canada, who capitalized on their rebounding edge to post 16 compared to two second-chance points of Jamaica.

Adrian Uter, on the other hand, led Jamaica with 14 points and six rebounds, while Durand Scott and former New York Knicks center Jerome Jordan added 12 points apiece with the latter grabbing eight rebounds.

Canada will be tested for real tomorrow, August 31, when they face Puerto Rico in the preliminary rounds of the qualifier for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

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