Basketball: Men’s national team beat Canada in AmeriCup debut – News

The men’s basketball team ended their recent losing streak and debuted with a win in the AmeriCup, Copa América modality, played at the Arena Geraldão, in Recife. This Friday (2), Brazil beat Canada 72-63, in Group C of the competition.

Winger/point guard Yago Matheus, with 13 points, was voted the best player of the match. The scorer was Canadian point guard Dalano Banton (Toronto Raptors, NBA), with 20 points, in addition to 11 rebounds.

In search of a fifth continental title, Brazil is back on court this Saturday, at 20:10 (Brazil time), against Colombia. Canada plays at 17:40, against Uruguay.

The duel began to be balanced, with the teams taking turns taking the lead. Low pitching performance on both sides, but the hosts managed to finish the first quarter two points clear. In the second half, the hosts equalized and made it difficult for Canada, who scored just nine points, against 15 Brazilians, who entered the first half with 32 to 24 on the scoreboard.

Returning to the second half, Canada broke free from Brazil’s guard, put the game on track and took the lead with a three-ball pass by winger/keeper Jahvon Henry-Blair, three minutes from the end of the third quarter. The scoreboard took the lead again until the last three minutes of the last half, when Brazil finally made it right, with four from three balls, two from Yago and two from winger/pivot Lucas Dias. The hosts regained control and came out with a win.

Previously, in the opening match of Group C, Colombia beat Uruguay 70-64. Center Jaime Echenique, with 17 points and 11 rebounds, was the highlight of the winning team. Uruguay point guard Agustin Ubal, with 27 points, was the scorer in the match.

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