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Canada falls to Brazil at FIBA Americas U18 semifinals

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The Canadian Press
6/19/2012 11:15:58 PM
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SAO SEBASTIAN DO PARAISO, Brazil -- Toronto's Xavier Rathan-Mayes led the way with a game-high 21 points Tuesday but it wasn't enough as Canada fell 66-62 to Brazil in the semifinals of the FIBA Americas under-18 men's championship.

Andrew Wiggins of Concord, Ont., added 17 points, while Saskatoon's Trey Lyles recorded a game-high 15 rebounds for Canada, which will play for bronze on Wednesday against Argentina.

Brazil will meet the United States for gold.

Canada trailed 39-35 at halftime but went on an 11-2 run in taking a 51-46 lead heading to the fourth.

Brazil opened the final quarter with a 12-2 run as Canada's offence cooled with only 11 points in the final period of the loss.

Rathan-Mayes came out with the hot hand in the first quarter, scoring 12 quick points as Canada shot 4-for-7 from behind the arc to lead 23-18 after one.

But Brazil stepped up its defence in the second quarter, holding Canada to just 12 points and ending the half on a 14-5 run to lead 39-35 at the break.

Basketball (Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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