Joseph, Canada crushed Cuba at FIBA Americas


Team Canada is on a roll.

After earning their first victory at the FIBA Americas by the closest of margins, Canada followed it up with a strong performance against Cuba to notch their second straight win.

Canada opened the game with a 22-7 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.

The second quarter was a close one, but Canada pushed their lead 38-20 at halftime.

During the second half, Cuba cut the deficit to 14 points but that was the closest they can get as Canada displayed a strong game on both ends of the floor.

Cuba won the third quarter, 20-16 and entered the final quarter trailing 40-54.

However, Team Canada exploded for 30 points in the decisive quarter and won their second game in a row 84-62.

The win should be a huge confidence booster for the Canadians who struggled in warm-up games heading into the FIBA Americas tournament.

Jevohn Shepherd led Canada with 13 points and Jermaine Anderson added 11 points.

San Antonio Spurs draftee Cory Joseph who started at point guard in three games for the Canadian nationals had seven points, four rebounds and one assists and shot 66.7 percent from the field in 25 minutes of action.

Yorman Polas recorded a game-high 14 points for Cuba.

Joseph and Team Canada’s next game will be on Saturday at 11:30 (GMT -3) in Mar del Plata¬†against Venezuela, a team that defeated Cuba last Thursday, 106-69.

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4 thoughts on “Joseph, Canada crushed Cuba at FIBA Americas

  1. The next game against Venezuela will be a true test for Canada, but I must these young guys are surprising a lot of people. Joseph is good defender and knows how to play the point guard spot.

    • Venezuela will be tough to beat but if Canada can continue taking care of the ball and play solid D, I think they can pull up another upset.

      It looks like Joseph at starting point guard is making wonders for coach Rautins and Canada.

  2. Pingback: Venezuela escaped Joseph, Canada in overtime « Spurs World

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