SAN JUAN (2009 FIBA Americas Championship) - Brazil became the first team to qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship after winning over Canada 68-59 on day two of the Quarterfinals at Coliseo Roberto Clemente. Brazil has a 5-0 record (6-0 including the first round) and is one of two undefeated teams in this tournament.
Leandro Barbosa scored 31 points by shooting from 11-16 from the field (3-6 3 pts) and 6-7 from the free throw line in 37 minutes played. Marcelo Huertas followed with 10 points while Anderson Varejao along with Guilherme Giovannoni scored 8 each.
Barbosa scored 12 of the 13 points of Brazil to tie the game with 2:36 left. With 19.2 seconds left a technical foul was called against Canada and Barbosa made three of four free throws because he also received a foul to finish the quarter up 18-15. Barbosa netted 15 points and for Canada Levon Kendall had 10.
Marcelo Huertas and Guilherme Giovannoni had big baskets for Brazil in a second quarter that was also slow on offense on both teams. At halftime the score was 36-33 for Brazil. Huertas had 8 points, 7 of them in the second quarter.
Brazil was led by Barbosa and Alex Garcia in the third quarter but Canada made a run in the final minutes to leave it 52-50. In the final quarter Brazil showed their offensive power as the bench players also helped to secure the win.
Canada, who has an 1-4 record, was led by Levon Kendall with 12 points and was followed by Olu Famutimi and Joel Anthony with 10 each.
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