Canada's Jermaine Anderson, right, dribbles around Cuba's Orestes Torres during a FIBA Americas Championship basketball game on Friday. Anderson scored 11 points as Canada topped Cuba. ((Martin Mejia/Associated Press))

Jevohn Shepherd scored 13 points Friday to lead Canada to an 84-62 win over Cuba at the FIBA Olympic Americas qualifying tournament.

It was the second straight win for Canada (2-1) at the tournament after edging the Dominican Republic 73-72 on Thursday.

Jermaine Anderson chipped in with 11 points as the Canadians shot 55 per cent from the field. The defence held Cuba's offence to just 35 per cent from the floor.

Veteran centre Jesse Young said the victory shows Canada is a serious contender at the tournament.

"(Winning back-to-back games has) been huge," said Young. "We had a tough one against Brazil where I think we controlled that game for probably 37 minutes so to have a tough loss like that and have a bounce-back game like we did ... I think it shows that we're here to contend for spot in the Olympics."

Yorman Polas recorded a game-high 14 points for Cuba (0-3).

Canada takes on Venezuela (1-2) next, a team head coach Leo Rautins says he won't take lightly.

"We still have a long way to go with Venezuela (Saturday) and hopefully everything continues to go well," said Rautins. "One of the things we're doing is not thinking about anything else other than our next game. Our guys have been pretty good about that.

"You get into a tournament like this and have your mind start wandering, thinking of all sort of possibilities. The only possibility that really matters is your next game."

The top two finishers at the tournament earn automatic berths to the 2012 London Games, while the third- through fifth-place teams will play in a second-chance qualifying tournament next summer to determine the final three Olympic entries.

Canada is looking to qualify for the Olympics for the first time since the 2000 Sydney Games.