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Canada moves on to FIBA Americas medal round

Canada dropped a 61-45 game to host Brazil on Friday to end the round-robin portion of the FIBA Americas basketball tournament.

Canada dropped a 61-45 game to host Brazil on Friday to end the round-robin portion of the FIBA Americas basketball tournament.

Both teams had already qualified for the semifinals prior to the game in Cuiaba, but the result determined placing. Brazil (3-0) finished first in Group A while Canada (2-1) finished second.

Canada will play its semifinal on Saturday against either Cuba or Argentina. The two semifinal winners will automatically qualify for next year's world championships in the Czech Republic, while the losing teams will face off for the third and final berth.

With Canada assured a place in the semifinals, coach Allison McNeill used the game to work on fundamentals heading into the medal round. While Canada showed defensive prowess in holding Brazil's offence in check, the team failed to find any rhythm offensively.

"I thought we met our defensive goals, offensively I didn't think we did what we need to do in the next round," McNeill said.

Canada was called for 17 fouls in the game compared to seven for Brazil, which took some of the bite out of Canada's offence.

"No excuses, but when you only get seven fouls called the entire game you stop attacking," McNeill said. "You get kind of tentative when you can't draw a foul and you don't get rewarded for attacking. We have to do that better in the next round."

Teresa Gabriele of Mission, B.C., led Canada with 10 points, while Natalie Achonwa of Guelph, Ont., added nine.

Canada shot just 29 per cent from the floor with the arc, compared to Brazil's 40 per cent. Canada also struggled at the foul-line, making four of 10 free throws.