After sitting out their first game at the Tuto Marchand Cup against Team Brazil, San Antonio Spurs rookie Cory Joseph got back into action against Puerto Rico.
It was a close game in the entire first half, the Canadians led 15-14 after the first quarter and then held a 32-30 margin at the half.
But Puerto Rico showed their strength in the third quarter, outscoring Team Canada 31-15 in the period. With Dallas Mavericks’ Juan Jose Barea leading the charge, Puerto Rico turned a two point halftime deficit into a 61-47 lead going into the final quarter.
Canada won the fourth quarter 16-13 but it was not enough to beat Puerto Rico, losing their second game at the Tuto Marchand Cup 63-74.
J.J. Barea led Puerto Rico with 24 points, five assists and four rebounds while Daniel Santiago added 10 points and seven rebounds.
Denham Brown scored a team-high 12 points for Canada, and Miami Heat’s Joel Anthony had six points and 11 boards.
Spurs’ Joseph had seven points, two assists, one rebound, and one steal while shooting 50 percent from the field including 1-of-1 from the 3-point line in less than 17 minutes of playing time for Team Canada.
Joseph and Canada will face the Dominican Republic on Friday in the final day of the Tuto Marchand Cup.