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Brazil vs Canada
Leandor BARBOSA (Brazil). First day of the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, Las Vegas, USA. 22 August 2007.
22/08/2007Brazil 75 vs. Canada 67

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LAS VEGAS (2007 FIBA Americas Championship) - When you think of Brazil's Leandro Barbosa, you think of speed.

True to form, the 6'4'' guard got off to a fast start and ultimately helped Brazil race to a 75-67 victory.

Canada, however, would not go quietly. As such, the contest was much more a marathon than a sprint.

Barbosa netted 11 points during an opening quarter in which Brazil, as a team, shot 67 percent from the field.

Facing a 25-12 deficit after one period of play, Canada would make some noise.

Juan Mendez's hot hand in the second stanza (five-of-seven from the field), helped pull the Canadians to within three points at the half, 36-33.

The second half would once again belong to Barbosa, who finished with a game high 30 points.

Adding 12 points and nine rebounds was forward Tiago Splitter, who was a factor inside all night.

Samuel Dalembert tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Canadians while Mendez finished with 18 points in a losing effort.

Notes: Canada's Andy Rautins sustained what appeared to be a knee injury early in the first half of Canada's loss to Brazil.

Tim Kuck
USA Basketball