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Former NBA pair help Brazil stay perfect in World Cup qualifying

270   //    23 Feb 2018, 09:22 IST
Brazil international Leandro Barbosa

Leandro Barbosa and Anderson Varejao led the way as Brazil made it three wins from three games in FIBA World Cup qualifying.

Former NBA pair Barbosa and Varejao starred in Brazil's 84-49 rout of Colombia Thursday.

Barbosa, who spent time with the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors, top-scored with 18 points as Brazil stayed perfect.

Varejao – part of Golden State's team last season – had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the Americas Group B clash.

Elsewhere in that group, Venezuela defeated Chile 77-55.

In Group D, Canada were too good for Virgin Islands 118-89, undefeated leaders Dominican Republic topped Bahamas 96-63.

In Group B of Asian qualifying, Australia made it three wins from three thanks to an 84-68 victory over Philippines, Mitchell Creek top-scoring with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The other match in that pool saw Chinese Taipei get off the mark with a narrow 70-69 success over Japan while in Group D, Iran overcame Kazakhstan 75-54 and Qatar defeated Iraq 77-66.

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