San Antonio Spurs’ Tiago Splitter and Team Brazil kicked off the Tuto Marchand Cup with an 88-70 victory over the Canadian national team.
The Brazilian national team blasted the Canadians from the get go, outscoring the visitors 24-2 in the entire first quarter. (H/T to reader Bruno)
From there, Brazil protected the lead and never looked back.
Canada tried to make a game out of it, but they finished the first half trailing Brazil 45-18.
The second half went better for Team Canada as they outscored Brazil 20-17 in third quarter, and 32-26 in the final period.
Splitter led the Brazilian balanced attack scoring 14 points, and added four rebounds and two assists in just 17 minutes of action.
Rafael Hettsheimer also had 14 points for Team Brazil.
Carl English scored a game-high 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including a perfect 3-for-3 from behind-the-arc.
Denham Brown had 16 points while Jevohn Shepherd added 14 points and seven rebounds for Canada.
Despite the struggles of Canada’s starting point guard Jermaine Anderson, who only had two points, two assists and two turnovers in 29 minutes of action; Spurs draftee Cory Joseph did get any playing time for Team Canada.
The Tuto Marchand Cup tune-up tournament should be a great learning experience for both squads particularly for Canada as they prepare for the upcoming FIBA Americas Championship.
The teams participating in these tune-up games will be the ones competing at Mar del Plata later this month.
Team Canada will play against Puerto Rico next, a team that is expected to do well at upcoming FIBA Americas.