Andrew Nicholson helps Canada beat Uruguay at FIBA Americas
Scores 18 points as Canada improves to 3-1 in Group A of tournament
Andrew Nicholson scored 18 points as Canada topped Uruguay 93-67 on Tuesday at the FIBA Americas Championship basketball tournament.
Point guard Cory Joseph had 17 points and seven assists as Canada improved to 3-1 in Group A of the tournament.
Bruno Fitpaldo led Uruguay (2-2) with 18 points.
The start of the game was delayed by five hours due to a power outage.
"After a tough day, I give our team credit for staying focused," Canadian head coach Jay Triano said. "We came out with intensity on defence and we dictated the pace and style of play."
Canada built a healthy 29-11 lead after one quarter. Joseph led Canada in the opening 12 minutes with 10 points and four assists.
By the end of the half, Canada had more than doubled Uruguay with a 51-25 advantage. Nicholson carried the scoring load for the Canadians in the second quarter, finishing the half with 13 points.
Uruguay played better in the second half, but Canada still added to its lead, outscoring their opponents 24-23 in the third quarter.
The final quarter was the only quarter where Uruguay outplayed Canada. The South Americans bested the Canadians 19-18 in the fourth.
"It was nice to have everyone play in the game tonight," Triano said. "With tomorrow's day off, we will rest, get healthy and set our sights on the next round."
Canada has four NBA players on its roster for the tournament. Nicholson plays for the Orlando Magic, Joseph is with the San Antonio Spurs, centre Joel Anthony is on the Miami Heat and forward Tristan Thompson is a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The FIBA Americas Championship is a qualifying tournament for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.