"The team played their hearts out against a competitive Brazil team and they executed the game plan perfectly," said head coach Patrick Tatham.
Canada led Brazil the entire game, carrying a 48-25 advantage into halftime. Ishan Sharma led Canada with 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in the win.
"Great team win," said Sharma. "I thought we did a great job on the defensive glass and offensively we were controlling the ball and getting out in transition a lot."
Efeosa Oliogu (14 points, 3 rebounds), Mikkel Tyne (10 points, 5 rebounds), and Baraka Okijie (9 points, 5 rebounds) made the difference for Canada on both ends of the court. Olivier Rioux once again proved he was unstoppable under the basket, securing a game-high 11 rebounds.
Canada will have a day of rest on Thursday before returning to the court on Friday for the quarter-finals where they will face Puerto Rico at 6:30 PM ET.
"So proud of the boys tonight," said Tatham. "Now we're making our way to the quarter-finals where we will get an opportunity to punch our ticket to the U17 World Championships next year in Spain.
All games at the FIBA U16 Americas Championship 2021 are streamed live and free on the FIBA YouTube Channel. The FIBA U16 Americas Championship 2021 in Xalapa, Mexico runs until August 29th.