With the 2023 FIBA World Cup underway, fans are excited to see the best players from each country duel it out. Some might be aware that Team Canada and Brazil recently faced off in an intense game. Besides Team USA, one could argue that Canada is the most talented team competing in the 2023 FIBA World Cup.
After all, their roster consists of established NBA stars such as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Dwight Powell. RJ Barrett and Dillon Brooks. On the other hand, Team Brazil is relatively unknown and has no NBA-level talent. This might lead one to assume that Canada crushed Brazil and proved its superiority.
However, is that really the case? let us take a closer look and find out what happened when both teams faced off at the FIBA World Cup.
Team Brazil managed to defeat Team Canada in a narrow victory
It turns out that Team Brazil disproved all the doubters by defeating Team Canada, who were the favorites from their group. To those who do not know, all the teams competing in the 2023 FIBA World Cup are divided into groups of 4. The best teams from each group will have a shot at progressing deeper. By defeating Canada with a final score of 65-69, Brazil now holds the same record with 3 wins and 1 loss.
This loss must have been quite disappointing for Team Canada. Despite having SGA score 23 points and Luguentz Dort score 17, the team didn’t have much help from the rest of the players. None of them were able to enter double-digit scoring. Reputed NBA stars such as RJ Barrett and Dillon Brooks finished the night with 4 and 2 points scored respectively.
On the other hand, Team Brazil played a much more balanced game. Led by the scoring from Gui Santos and Bruno Cabocio, they managed to hold off Team Canada and secured this win. This must certainly feel like an incredible accomplishment for a team with no NBA players to beat a star-studded squad.
Canada loses their first game of the FIBA World Cup to Brazil, 69-65 🇨🇦🇧🇷
If Canada loses vs Spain Sunday they are out of the World Cup. pic.twitter.com/kk1cM4WHKo
— 6ixBuzzTV (@6ixbuzztv) September 1, 2023
One loss does not mean that Canada’s hopes of winning the FIBA world are completely over. However, they cannot afford to lose another game if they wish to remain at the top of their bracket.