Canada beats Mexico at FIBA Americas

Canada's Tristan Thompson (left) attempts to go for a basket against Mexico's Roman Martinez during...

Canada's Tristan Thompson (left) attempts to go for a basket against Mexico's Roman Martinez during their FIBA Americas Championship game Thursday. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:54 PM ET

A masterpiece it was not — more like flinging finger paint wildly at a wall at times — but the result Thursday was the same.

Another huge victory for Canada’s senior men’s basketball squad, this time 89-67 over Mexico thanks to torrid three-point shooting and some fine late defence.

Canada, 3-1, held just a two-point edge heading into the fourth quarter, but Baylor guard Brady Heslip (five threes — including three in a row at one point late, 21 points) and former Knicks draft pick Andy Rautins (four threes, 19 points) provided the critical offence and Joel Anthony of the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat (two blocks, five rebounds) the defence to close out 2-2 Mexico.

San Antonio guard Cory Joseph was again stellar running the show for Canada, collecting 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Orlando’s Andrew Nicholson added 13.


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