Hosts Brazil resisted Canada’s late attack, defeating 86-76 on Saturday in Recife, and will face Argentina on Sunday in the Copa America Basketball Final.
Although they seemed to be in control of the game after winning the first three quarters (24-20, 20-14, 23-20), the locals dwindled in the final game (19-22) due to the North American attacking reaction. , led by striker Dalano Banton and goalkeeper Jahon Henry Blair, who had just 1 minute and 36 seconds left, reversed the overall score.
But led by striker Leonardo Mendel, Verdemarillo’s top scorer with 19 points, Brazil closed the gap and finished comfortably to advance to its seventh final in the main NBA championships in the Americas.
The four-time American champion, led by Gustavo Conte, will face Argentina in the final on Sunday, the first time they have played since 2011, when they fell to the Argentines in Mar del Plata.
La Albiceleste, who was also the 2001 champion, had earlier eliminated the United States, the defending champion, who will battle Canada on Sunday for third place.
The 2022 FIBA Americas Cup, better known as the Copa América for that sport, will be held at the Giraldo Magalhaes “Geraldao” Coliseum in Recife (Northeast).
The competition was scheduled to take place last year, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Argentina – United States 82-73
Brazil – Canada 86-76
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