After a strong performance in Brazil’s win over Venezuela, San Antonio Spurs’ Tiago Splitter had a off night offensively against his future Spurs teammate Cory Joseph and Team Canada.
However, Team Brazil answered right back, taking the second quarter 21-11 and went into the locker room with 33-28 advantage.
Canada kept the game close winning the third quarter 18-14 to cut their deficit to just a point 46-47 heading into the final 10 minutes of the game.
Nonetheless, with Marcelo Huertas providing the offense and the Brazilian’s clamping down on defense, Joseph and Team Canada lost composure as Brazil went on a 15-0 run and led by 12 points with 3:21 remaining in the game.
Joseph answered with back-to-back baskets for Canada to cut the deficit to eight points with a little over 2 minutes left, but that was the Canadians last gasp as the Brazilian nationals beat Canada 69-57.
Huertas led Brazil with 17 points, six assists and five rebounds while Splitter finished with just five points on 2-of-9 shooting from and field and went 1-of-5 from the free throw line.
Nevertheless, Splitter find other ways to help his team win. He added 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 29 minutes of playing time.
Jermaine Anderson had a team-high nine points for Canada.
Joseph started at point guard for Team Canada and had eight points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals and did not commit a single turnover in 24 minutes of play. Aaron Doornekamp also scored eight points.
Joseph and Team Canada will go up against Atlanta Hawks’ Al Horford and the Dominican Republic on Thursday at 18:00 (GMT -3) in Mar del Plata.
Splitter and Team Brazil will return to action on Friday to face the Dominican Republic as well.