Puerto Rico Rally Past Canada 83-67 In Day Two Of 2013 FIBA Americas Championship

arroyo postPuerto Rico saved the best for last as they unleashed a huge rally in the fourth quarter to run away with their second win in as many games in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Men.

Puerto Rico turned a potential dramatic ending into a blowout, rallying past Canada, 83-67, in the second day of Group A action on Saturday night in Caracas, Venezuela.

The two teams traded leads several times in the first three periods. Puerto Rico was up by just a precarious one point heading into the final period, but they suddenly caught fire.

Puerto Rico, who defeated Brazil in their tournament-opener on Friday, had a huge 21-4 run to turn a 59-58 lead before the final period started into a commanding 80-62 advantage with 3:27 left to play in the game.

Carlos Arroyo, who struggled the find his usual touch in their game against Brazil, top-scored for Puerto Rico with 20 points after scoring just seven points on Friday.

Renaldo Balkman had another beastly performance as he racked up 18 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field and 8-for-10 from the free-throw line, while also grabbing 11 rebounds. Veteran Larry Ayuso had 19 points, while JJ Barea finished with 11 points and four assists.

Andrew Nicholson, on the other hand, finished with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Tristan Thompson added 20 points and nine rebounds for Canada, who had 10 more rebounds than Puerto Rico, but shot just 35 percent from the field, including a measly 3-for-14 clip from beyond the arc.

Puerto Rico, who are an top of Group A with their 2-0 record, will look to make it three-in-a-row when they go up against Uruguay, while Canada will look to bounce back against Brazil on Sunday.

For the official box score from FIBA, you can click this link to view the complete stats of Puerto Rico’s impressive win over Canada.

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