Caracas, Venezuela - In the opening game of the FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas, Venezuela, Canada won with authority, 85-64 over Jamaica in the “Poliedro of Caraca”s and earned the first win in Group A. For the winning team winner, Cory Joseph and Brady Heslip scored 17 points each.
Canada opened the game better, thanks to the triple of his escort Andrew Rautins and two points by Andrew Nicholson , first from distance and then with a break , to take a 10-point lead (12-2 ) . In turn, the North Americans defended well on the low post in the stretch, leaving the rival uncomfortable. The poor start forced the coach Sam Vincent to ask for a time-out, and Jamaica again renewed on the court , because the team defended with more intensity and discounted the Canadian lead using a distributed scoring . However, Canada continued fine from distance with Levon Kendall and Brady Heslip, to win the first quarter, 19-14. An important fact: Cory Joseph, one of the bases of the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, dished 5 assists in the first ten minutes of the game.
The beginning of the second quarter was similar to the first, because Kendall continued to bombard the basket from the perimeter. Beyond this, Jamaica was a little more streamlined to run the floor and shrink the gap with the conversions of Samardo Samuels and Durand Scott, but the team had many moments of disorganization and anarchy that makes it lose focus and leave the game. In that stretch, Canada again resorted to what they do best: launching from long distance. With a sensational Heslip, (best scorer of the first half with 10 points) the Canadians scored a 10-1 partial and escaped with a 13 point lead: 32-19.
With the good work from Tristan Thompson in the paint , scoring and taking rebounds , and the triples by Rautins and Cory Joseph , Canada took a 22 point lead ( 52-30 ) . But amazingly the whole game from Jay Triano’s team disappeared, remained without a goal for a long time and Jamaica took the time to build a 15-0 partial to diminish the Canadian lead to 7 units ( 52-45 ) . Adrian Uter and Jerome Jordan were largely responsible for the Jamaican strech. Blair with a triple from the corner and a double by Durand Scott allowed Jamaica to stay close, but Cory Joseph closed the segment with a success from the from the 3 point line (60-50).
The illusion seemed to be slipping away like sand through your fingers for Jamaica, as in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter; Canada imposed a burst of 7-0 thanks to Kendall and Heslip (67-50). However, the cast of Vincent kept alive with a 10-2 stretch, led by Jordan and Durand Scott (69-60), but the red shirts settled and were tipping the balance to their side, with the successes of Thompson and Kendall. So Canada quietly closed the game and stayed with a win in the first day of the FIBA Americas Championship.
For Canada, Cory Joseph had 17 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds while Brady Heslip also scored 17 points.. For Jamaica, Adrian Uter accumulated 14 points and 6 rebounds, and Jerome Jordan 12 points and 8 rebounds.
Tomorrow there is action for both teams: Uruguay will face Jamaica at 11:00 (hour of Venezuela), while Canada will face Puerto Rico, at 13:30 (hour of Puerto Rico).