In a game that was never in doubt, Canada crushed Uruguay 93-67 after having wait over 8 hours to play because of a blackout earlier in the day. Canada grabbed the lead early and worked their way up to a double-digit advantage just over 4 minutes into this contest. By the end of the first quarter, Uruguay trailed by 18 points and the rout was on.
Cory Joseph was still hot after his big game against Brazil, putting up 12 points on 4-6 shooting that included a pair of three-pointers in the first half, but on this day, everyone else in the starting lineup came out shooting hot as well. Andrew Nicholson led the first half scoring with 13 points on 5-6 shooting and both Tristan Thompson and Andy Rautins had 8 first half points. At the end of the second quarter Uruguay trailed by 26 points, down 51-25 as Canada was shooting over 50 percent from the field and had sunk 8-12 three-point attempts.
Canada was up by 33 points during the third quarter, so no one saw extended minutes in this game. Nicholson led all scorers with 18 points. Joseph finished with an impressive 17 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. Tristan Thompson had 14 points and 7 rebounds, showing off a couple of massive open court dunks. Levon Kendall came through off the bench to help maintain Canada’s huge lead in the second half, scoring 13 points to go with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocked shots. All 12 players on Canada’s roster played in this game and only Jermaine Anderson failed to score.
Uruguay’s defense never did get in sync and Canada was left open on the three-point line most of the night, eventually hitting on 15-29 three-point attempts. Uruguay wasn’t winning the battles inside either. Canada out rebounded Uruguay 34-22, won the points in the paint 18-12 and second chance points 7-2. Even the open court belonged to Canada on this night as Canada scored 13 fast break points to just 2 for Uruguay.
The lone bright spot for Uruguay was the 22-year-old guard Bruno Fitipaldo who had 18 points on 6-8 three-point attempts. It seemed every open shot the young guard took was dropping, but Uruguay couldn’t get him the ball often enough and there wasn’t much else positive happening for his team.
With the victory, Canada finishes second in group A and carries 2 wins over to the second round where they will play the top 4 teams from group B over 4 days starting on Thursday. The top 4 teams in the second round move on to the medal round and automatically qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Spain.
Canada plays Mexico on Thursday September 5 at 2pm. On Friday they face Venezuela, Saturday the Dominican Republic and on Sunday Argentina.