Canada grabbed a small measure of revenge for Brazil beating them in the Pan Am Gold Medal Game a month ago by laying a 80-64 beating on their opponent at the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup in Puerto Rico on Monday. Canada never trailed and was up by as much as 25 points in the fourth quarter, the Dallas Mavericks Dwight Powell coming off the bench to lead all scorers with 18 points in 18 minutes. Basketball Canada reporting head coach Jay Triano was happy with his team’s depth.
“It was a defensive battle in the first half so we tried to create some more in transition. In the second half, we were able to get up and down the floor a little bit better,” said Head Coach Jay Triano. “Our depth was very good, especially offensively. We got 50 points off the bench but I was more pleased with the way the guys came off the bench and followed what the starters had done defensively.”
The Canadians won each of the four quarters and demolished Brazil on the glass 47-30. Powell and Andrew Nicholson each added 8 rebounds. Anthony Bennett continued his strong play with 16 points in just under 15 minutes of action as he scored 11 straight points over a 3.5 minute span early in the third quarter to help Canada regain a double-digit lead. Brady Heslip chipped in with 15 points on 6-12 shooting.
Andrew Wiggins, who led Canada on Sunday against Argentina, was held to just 2-8 from the field for 9 points and starting point guard Cory Joseph was held to just 2 points, but this isn’t the same Team Canada that has headed out into international competitions in the past. This time the Team Canada roster has a depth of players from the NBA that was unimaginable only a few years ago.
Canada plays the Dominican Republic next on Tuesday.