San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili and Team Argentina began the second round of the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship with a 79-53 win over Spurs’ rookie Cory Joseph and Team Canada.
Canada started the game strong, holding their own against the lone undefeated team in the tournament, but after a late run, Argentina took a 21-9 first quarter lead.
The Canadians continued to play hard in the second quarter, with Kelly Olynk leading the charge and cut the deficit to five points halfway through the second quarter.
However, Argentina went on a 12-2 run to take a 15 point lead, 37-22 at halftime.
The third quarter started off fast for Canada, with Miami Heat’s Joel Anthony and veteran Carl English scoring on back-to-back possessions which cut Argentina’s lead to 11.
Canada won the third quarter 21-17 and entered the fourth quarter trailing Argentina, 43-54.
In the final period, Ginobili and Argentina showed their strength outscoring Canada 25-10 to preserve the victory.
Olynyk led the Canadians with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Jevohn Shepherd added 12 points.
Joseph went scoreless for the first time in the tournament going 0-of-5 from the field, but he did grabbed three rebounds and had one steal in 20 minutes of play for Canada.
Houston Rockets’ Luis Scola finished with a game-high 22 points for Argentina, while Ginobili added 16 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals in 27 minutes of action.
Tomorrow, Joseph and the Canadian national team will play against Puerto Rico at 11:30 (GMT -3), while Ginobili and Argentina will face Venezuela at 18:00 (GMT -3) in Mar del Plata.