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Canada earns second straight win at FIBA Americas, down Venezuela 82-62

MEXICO CITY — Nik Stauskas had a team-high 16 points as Canada earned its second straight victory at the FIBA Americas men's basketball championship, downing Venezuela 82-62 on Thursday.

All five of Canada's starters finished in double digits. Kelly Olynyk dropped 14 points, Andrew Wiggins had 13 while Corey Joseph and Anthony Bennett each had 10.

Nestor Colmenares led Venezuela (2-1) with 16 points.

Canada's Dwight Powell left the game in the first half after landing awkwardly on the floor. His status post-game was unknown, but he did return to the team bench for the second half.

The Canadians (2-1), who are looking to finish in the top two in Mexico to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics, jumped out to a 25-15 advantage after the first quarter and increased it to 47-28 by halftime.

Venezuela chipped into the lead, outscoring Canada 20-17 in the third, but couldn't overcome a 16-point deficit to open the final quarter en route to its first loss of the tournament.

Canada already qualified for the second round with its victory over Cuba on Wednesday, and wraps up the first phase of round-robin action on Friday against Puerto Rico (1-2).

Earlier in the day, Toronto Raptors off-season acquisition Luis Scola had 11 points and eight rebounds as Argentina downed Cuba 96-64 to stay atop the Group B standings with a 3-0 record. Jasiel Rivero scored a game-high 28 points for Cuba, which fell to 0-4.

The Canadian Press

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