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.

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