Canada's hoop squad scorching on the road to FIBA

Canada's Cory Joseph goes for a basket against Jamaica at the FIBA Americas Championship basketball...

Canada's Cory Joseph goes for a basket against Jamaica at the FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas August 30, 2013. (REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:53 PM ET

Canadas road to next years FIBA World Cup got off to a fine start Friday morning in Venezuela.

The senior mens hoop squad put everything together in the first half and survived an expected comeback in an 85-64 win over Jamaica.

It was Canadas finest performance of the summer so far timely since the game was its first serious encounter, after six exhibitions.

Pickerings Cory Joseph, of the San Antonio Spurs, was masterful manning the point, finishing with 10 assists, eight rebounds and a pair of steals to go along with his 17 points in a game-high 36 minutes.

Thanks largely to Joseph, Canada compiled 13 assists without a turnover in building a 42-25 half-time edge.

Head coach Jay Triano said while the minute count wasnt ideal, Joseph was simply playing too well to be taken out.

We cant play Cory this many minutes moving forward, but we knew the importance of this first game and getting us off to a good start, Triano said.


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