It may not have been the picture perfect way for Cory Joseph, Andrew Nicholson and Canada to start off FIBA Americas, but a relatively easy and dominating 18-point win will have to do. Canada got to 1-0 with an 85-64 victory in the opening game of the FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas, Venezuela.
Cory Joseph of the San Antonio Spurs was the undoubted star of the game, scoring 17 points, dishing out 10 assists and grabbing eight rebounds. He was the one who paced Canada through the second quarter, when the Canucks built up their lead to double digits and through the third quarter when the Rockaboyz nearly got it all back.
The game though was never really in doubt. Jamaica got the game down to 10 points at the end of the third quarter, but never threatened. The Jamaican team, coached by former Magic guard Sam Vincent, had a lot of fight and desire to play to the final buzzer, but not so much in the way of organization or ability. Not, at least, compared to the Canada team's organization.
So this turned into a rout once again in the fourth quarter with Joseph running all over the defense and Brady Heslip (17 points), Tristan Thompson (15 points, 12 rebounds) and Levon Kendall (13 points, 8 rebounds).
Andrew Nicholson had a bit of a mixed bag of a game for Canada.no comments