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Canada finally wins and leaves Venezuela depending on others

Canada finally wins and leaves Venezuela depending on others

Canada lived up to the adage “to the third time the charm” and in its third and last match in Group C of the Copa América in Basketball FIBA 2017 finally knew what it is to win and did it 66-75 against Venezuela, the 2015 champion.

The defeat leaves the South American team dependent on other people’s results to know if it will play the ‘Final Four’ next week or will have to settle for reaching one of the seven best places in the competition to qualify for the Pan American Championship.

Canada was left in the same situation, although its point difference is negative and that could leave it eliminated.

Venezuela could only be superior in the first quarter of the game and this was reflected with a favorable score of 16-13 and with point guard Gregory Vargas making the difference.

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From the second quarter, Canada pressed the Venezuelan exit and began to be daring in the three-point throws, in which the guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes was the most effective and in the end the player with the highest number of points scored: 22.

This strategy was enough for him to be the winner for the rest of the game and have an effectiveness of 55% in the doubles and 33% in the triples, figures that are not conclusive but sufficient to beat the champion.

Both teams alternated the lead on the scoreboard until the end of the third quarter.

At that time Canada took the lead and, although Venezuela managed to tie it at times, it never led the score again.

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Venezuela lost 67-62 to Argentina on the first match and then beat the Virgin Islands 86-84 in the second.

Canada lost its other two games in this tournament, the first to the Virgin Islands 83-71 and the second to Argentina 67-62 in overtime.

Rathan-Mayes was the MVP of the game, not only because of his 22 points, but also because he provided eight assists.

In Venezuela, John Cox stood out, who also added 22 points

Argentina will then be measured against the Virgin Islands.

The final quadrangular or ‘Final Four’ will be played in the central province of Córdoba on September 2 and 3 and Argentina has a guaranteed place for being the host.

– Data sheet:

66. Venezuela (16 + 11 + 21 + 18): Gregory Vargas (13), John Cox (22), Windi Graterol (16), Anthony Pérez (0), Néstor Colmenares (7) -the starting five- Pedro Chourio (0 ), José Vargas (0), Miguel Ruíz (0), José Bravo (0), Heissler Guillent (3), César García (5) and Luis Carrillo (0),

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Coach: Néstor García.

75. Canada (13 + 16 + 19 + 27): Andrew Nicholson (12), Dyshawn Piere (9), Xavier Rathan-Mayes (22), Brady Heslip (7), Joel Anthony (7) -the starting five- Junior Carlisle Cadougan (2), Richard Amardi (0), Ammanuel Diressa (3), Olivier Hanlan (11), Grandy Glaze (0), Murphy Burnatowski (0)

Coach: Jay Triano.

Referees: Marcos Benito (BRA), Jonathan Sterling (USA) and Fabiano Huber (BRA). Without eliminated.

Incidents: match of the third day of Group B of the Copa América played at the Orlando Casanova stadium in Bahía Blanca. EFE

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