TEAM CANADA DROPS OPENER TO BRAZIL AT THE LIMA 2019 PAN AMERICAN GAMES | Canada Basketball

TEAM CANADA DROPS OPENER TO BRAZIL AT THE LIMA 2019 PAN AMERICAN GAMES

LIMA, PERU (August 6, 2019) – Team Canada fell to Brazil 79-71 on Tuesday afternoon to open the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.

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Shaina Pellington finished with a game-high 21 points for Canada in the loss.  Ruth Hamblin finished with a double-double, 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Jamie Scott had eight points, three assists and three steals. Clarissa Dos Santos had a team-high 15 points for Brazil in the victory.

Canada got off to a good start to open the game and used an early 10-0 run to help build a 13-5 advantage with just over six minutes remaining in the quarter.  Brazil weathered the early Canadian run and tied the game 17-17 with 3:23 to play in the frame.  Canada entered the second quarter down by three, 24-21.

Trailing Brazil for much of the second quarter, Canada refused to go away and tied the game 38-38 with just over a minute to play in the half.  The two teams traded baskets and entered the half knotted up 40-40.

Midway through the third, Brazil used a 11-0 run of their own to build a 57-44 advantage over the Canadians.  Team Canada continued to hang around and reduced the Brazilian lead to single digits, 59-52, heading into the fourth quarter.

Despite Canada’s efforts, Brazil stretched their lead to 15 midway through the fourth quarter, en route to a 79-71 victory.   

Canada is in Group A for the Lima 2019 Pan American Games and will face Brazil (August 6), Paraguay (August 7) and Puerto Rico (August 8) in the preliminary round. 

Canada qualified for Lima 2019 with a gold medal at the FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2017.  The field for the 2019 Pan American Games basketball competition includes the top six teams from the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2017 (Canada, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Brazil, U.S. Virgin Islands, Paraguay and Colombia), along with Olympic champion, United States, and the host country, Peru.

The Pan Am Games basketball competition does not have a direct impact on qualification for Tokyo 2020 but will serve as an important step in preparing for the FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2019 in September as Canada begins the qualification process for the Olympic Games.

Lima 2019, which will run from July 26 to August 11, will bring together approximately 6,700 athletes from 41 nations of the Americas and feature 62 disciplines in 39 sports. It will be the largest sporting event ever held in Peru.

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QUOTES

“Obviously some disappointment from us as we came in hoping to get off on a better foot.  We thought we did some of the pieces that we wanted to today but didn’t live up to the identity and team we wanted to be.  We struggled for some stretches to score the basketball, put a lot of pressure on our defence and just couldn’t find a way to keep them off the glass in some really critical times.” – Steve Baur

“They are fundamentally sound.  We could have got them today and I think we had our opportunities.  I’m proud of our team, regardless of the outcome.  We’re learning, we’re growing and we’re getting better.  I have faith in this team that we’ll end well.” – Shaina Pellington 

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Canada will play Paraguay on Wednesday at 11:30 am ET. Fans can watch live action from the Pan Am Games in Lima live on CBC Sports.