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Canada beats Mexico to open second round at FIBA Americas tournament

September 6, 2013

Canada got 21 points from Brady Heslip and 19 more from Andrew Rautins Thursday in an 89-67 win over Mexico in the opening game of the second round at the FIBA Americas basketball tournament in Caracas, Venezuela.

Canada is 3-1 at the 10-team event — a victory over Brazil in the first round has been discarded since the Brazilians failed to advance — and the Canadians resume play Friday against the host Venezuelans, who are 2-2.

Odessa’s Aaron Doornekamp started for Canada but he did not score in 18 minutes of playing time. He had two rebounds, an assist and four fouls.

Heslip scored three straight three-point baskets in the third quarter to help keep Canada ahead, 60-58, going into the fourth quarter. The final period began with a 13-2 Canadian run that secured the lead for good.

Canada had 16 three-point baskets — to five from Mexico — and the Canadian bench players outscored the Mexican reserves 33-2.

The four semifinalists at this tournament will qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Spain.

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