Ajax’s Smith in starting lineup as Canadian men open GLOBL Jam with win over Brazil


Published July 6, 2022 at 12:55 pm

The Canadian U23 men’s national team got off to an excellent start in its first game of the GLOBL JAM tournament on Tuesday at Mattamy Athletic Centre, coming back to beat Brazil 89-75.

Brazil threatened to pull away late after taking a three-point lead with 6:52 remaining. But Canada closed the game on a 20-3 run to take back control and secure the win.

Emanuel Miller scored nine of his team-high 19 points in the pivotal fourth quarter as the Canadians outscored Brazil 22-9. Marcus Carr added a 14-point, 10-assist double-double, while Quincy Guerrier scored 13 points and Leonard Miller added 11.

Stefan Smith of Ajax started and scored five points and added three rebounds and a pair of assists in 14:42 minutes while Brampton’s Charles Bediako scored six points and secured six boards off the bench.

Canada shot 44 per cent in the game compared to 32 per cent shooting for Brazil. While the Brazilians struggled from the floor, they owned the offensive glass, getting extra possessions thanks to 21 offensive boards.

Dos Santos led Brazil with a game-high 20 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in the loss.

Canada faces the United States tonight at 9 p.m. ET / on Sportsnet in the second of three round-robin games.

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