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Hot shooting Venezuela cools down Canada at 2014 FIBA World Qualifier cools down Canada at 2014 FIBA World Qualifier

Cory Joseph Canada Basketball Against Venezuela FIBA Americas
Cory Joseph Canada Basketball Against Venezuela FIBA Americas

Caracas, Venezuela – (BasketballBuzz) – Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson sparked a late 13-0 run that fell just short as a hot shooting Venezuela hung on to defeat Canada 64-59 at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championships.

Canada trailing by a game-high 14 points in the late stages and struggling to find points, the Canadian defense locked in by holding the host scoreless for over a key five minute stretched and cut the lead to 60-59 with 1:48 left to go. However, Venezuelan shooting guard David Cubillan broke the Canadian run by burying his fourth three-pointer of the contest to put Venezuela up 63-59 with 1:36 remaining to give them a slim five point victory.

Cubullian went 4-for-4 from the outside as Venezuela shot 10-of-22 (48%) from the floor, while Canada could only connect on 4-of-25 (16%) shots after torching Mexico on 16-of-28 three pointers the previous game.

Cory Joseph (Pickering, Ont.) paced Canada with 14 points and four rebounds while long time teammate Tristan Thompson (Brampton, Ont.) pulled a down a tournament high 20 rebounds and added 12 points. Former Carleton Raven Aaron Doornekamp (6 points, 10 rebounds) also helped Canada edged Venezuela 40-24 on the rebounding battle.

Venezuela grabbed control of defensive opening 10 minutes after Andrew Nicholson was whistled for a technical foul giving him three personals in the quarter, and Venezuela went ahead 16-14 after one quarter.

Without Nicholson on the floor Canada struggled to score and Venezuela continued to knocked down outside shots and pulled ahead 35-26 at half-time.

Venezuela controlled the opening and closing stages of the third-quarter by getting to the line and making their free-throws, and late run put them up 49-40 at the start of the fourth and final quarter. Venezuela gain took advantage of Canada’s slow start and jumped ahead 60-46 with 6:40 to play as the Canadians mounted their spirited comeback that came just short.

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Canada (3-2) will now take on the Dominican Republic (3-2) in a key game as it attempts to finish in the Top four and qualify for the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Madrid, Spain.

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