2019 NBA champion Toronto Raptors coach Nick Noursi is on the ground in Recife to follow Copa América de Basketball contention. Married to a native of Pernambuco, Nourse is also the captain of Canada’s first team, but in the stands of Geraldo, he follows the games like a fanatical fan.
He will be flanked by under-23 athletes from Recife clubs and Daniel Soares, the NBA’s director of basketball operations for Latin America. The clinic will be held at Colégio Santa Maria, Boa Viagem.
BASKETBALL CUP AMERICA
The hallmark of the Basketball America’s Cup games is undoubtedly the balance between the picks. This Thursday (8), four games valid for the quarter-finals moved to Geralda. And, apart from Argentina’s tight victory against Venezuela, the remaining three matches were filled with emotion.
To open the day, Canada, featuring youngster Dalano Banton of the Toronto Raptors and veteran Trey Bell-Haynes, suffered a loss against Mexico. However, they won 82:77 with a set play in the last quarter. Later in Thursday’s most exciting game, the USA beat Puerto Rico 85-84. The balance was held until the last second, when the experienced Norris Cole, of the two-time NBA champion Miami Heat, made the final shot and announced the North American turnaround.
On the night, Argentina, relying on a fantastic trio of Campazzo, Deck and Laprovittola, cruised to a comfortable 76-53 victory over Venezuela in the tightest of quarter-finals. In the last game of the night, Brazil, who are having the best campaign in the tournament, suffered against the Dominican Republic and spent most of the match with the score. In the final quarter, however, he pulled ahead and took over the game to win 80-68.