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2013 Canadian Development Men’s National Team training In Portland with eye on World University Games

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Portland, Ore – (BasketballBuzz) – The Road to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro for Canada’s Senior Men’s Basketball team has begun.

Head Coach Jay Triano and his staff are currently in Portland, Oregon with 16 of Canada’s finest collegiate basketball players taking them through rigors workouts in preparation for the upcoming summer schedule which feature an exhibition tournament in China and the 2013 World University Games, better known as the FISU games taking place in Kazan, Russia from July 6 to 17.

Canada’s Development team has become an integral part of the National team, specially now, with the abundance of upcoming talent, so much that Jay Triano decided he was going to shake things up and guide the Student (FISU) Team instead of giving the reigns to a Canadian Inter-University Sport Coach like previous years.

Although, not led by CIS leadership the coaching staff also boasts two the finest minds the country has to offer in Dave Smart (Carleton Ravens) and Greg Francis (Waterloo Warriors).

The roster features only three CIS Basketball players, Carleton’s Thomas & Phil Scrubb and Acadia’s 6’10 center Owen Klassen.

On the NCAA front the roster is stacked with talent, the point guard position looks to be in the solid hands of Gonzaga Bulldogs Kevin Pangos, with 2013 ACC Freshmen of the Year Olivier Hanlan also in the mix.

The wings feature a good mixture of guys with the ability to flat out knock down the open jumper and a core of athletic scoring guards who have proven they can get it done at the NCAA level.

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Kentucky Wildcat Kyle Witjer and Standford’s Dwight Powell will look to anchor the middle which also features 7’2 Jordan Bachynski from Arizona State.

2013 Development Men’s National Team Tryout Roster

Point Guards
Kevin Pangos – (Guard/6-1, Holland Landing, ON)
Olivier Hanlan – (Guard/6-3, Aylmer, QC)
Philip Scrubb – (Guard/ 6-3, Richmond, BC)

Wings
Justin Edwards -(Guard/6-3, Whitby, ON)
Brady Heslip – (Guard/6-2, Burlington, ON)
Daniel Mullings (Forward/6-2, Toronto, ON)
Grant Mullins –    (Guard/6-3, Burlington, ON)
Laurent Rivard – (Guard/6-5, Saint-Bruno, QC)
Mangisto Arop – (Guard/6-6, Edmonton, AB)

Forwards
Thomas Scrubb – (Forward/6-5, Montreal, QC)
Melvin Ejim – (Guard/6-6, Toronto, ON)
Murphy Burnatowski – (Forward/6-7, Waterloo, ON)
Dwight Powell – (Forward/6-9, Toronto, ON)
Kyle Wiltjer – (Forward/6-9, Portland, Ore)
Owen Klassen – (Forward/6-10, Kingston,ON)
Jordan Bachynski – (Centre/7-2, Calgary, AB)

2013 Development Men’s National Team Staff

Jay Triano – Head Coach
Dave Smart – Assistant Coach
Greg Francis – Assistant Coach
Phil Handy – Assistant Coach
Sam Gibbs – Therapist
Charlie Weingroff – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Marc Bubbs – Nutritionist
David Cox – Sport Psychologist
Chris Cheng – Team Manager
K.C. Beard – Video Coordinator

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Australia hand USA first loss since 2006, ending 78 game winning streak

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Patty Mills 30 Points Australia Hand Usa First Loss Since 2006 Ending 78 Game Winning Streak
Patty Mills drills a three-pointer over Jayson Tatum - Photo: NBL

The Australia Boomers playing in front of the biggest crowd (52,079) to ever watch a basketball game were able to pull off the unthinkable and do what no international team has been able to do since 2006 – knocking off the USA 98-94 in their final tune-up game before the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Patty Mills scored a game-high 30 points — knocking down four triples, including 12 points in the fourth-quarter. Andrew Bogut nearly had a double-double with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Joe Ingles added 15 points and 7 rebounds. Aron Baynes 13 points 4 rebounds.

The loss is the Americans first defeat in nearly 13 years since Greece took them down 101-95 in the semi-finals of the 2006 FIBA World Championships in Saitama, Japan.

Team USA managed to regroup and win the Bronze Medal of the the tournament and ripped-off a program best 78 straight wins – failing to lose a game at the 2007 FIBA Americas, 2008 Summer Olympics in Bejing, 2010 World Championships, 2012 Olympics, 2014 World Cup and again in 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Prior to the loss to Greece in 2006, the Americans also dropped a stunning 95-78 decision to Italy in 10 prior to the start of the 2004 Olympic games in Athens Greece.

Kemba Walker continued to lead the way for the Americans with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Harrison Barnes had a strong effort with 20 points and 6 rebounds Donovan Mitchell added 12 points in the loss.

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The USA (2-1) will play Canada (4-2) on Monday, August 26th in their final tune-up for before the World Cup in China.

The Boomers (2-2) now set their focus on traveling to China and their preparation for their opening game against the Team Canada on September 1st.

Boxscore: Australia vs. USA

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Canada sweeps two-game series against New Zealand

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Canada Sweeps Two Game Series Against New Zealand
Kevin Pangos and Philip Scrubb

Team Canada fought off a strong effort from the New Zealand Tall Blacks to sweep a two-game pre-FIBA World Cup Series with a 103-100 overtime victory.

Philip Scrubb scored a team-high 24 points, dished out 6 assists and pulled down 5 rebounds to once again lead six Canadians in double-figures. Kevin Pangos added 17 points and 9 assists. Oshae Brissett continued to produce with 12 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists double-double before fouling out. Kyle Witjer 18 points, 5 rebounds. Thomas Scrubb 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and Owen Klassen 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Tall Blacks came out strong after being embarrassed by a 34-point loss to the Canadians in game one of the series leading 23-13 after the first-quarter. Canada was able to execute in the second-quarter ripping off a 12-2 run to get back in the game and trailed New Zealand 36-33 at half-time.

The Canadians broke-open a 48-48 tie mid-way through the third-quarter with an 8-0 run taking a 56-48 lead on two made free-trows by Thomas Scrubb and finished the quarter ahead 60-59.

Kevin Pangos drilled two three-pointers early in the fourh-quarter to push the Canadian lead to 71-61 with 7:24 to play in regulation. The Tall Blacks continued to play hard on the strength of Cory Webster who poured in a game-high 33 points, added 5 rebounds and 5 assists to force overtime at 81-81.

Kyle Wiltjer caught fire in the extra session scoring 11 of Canada’s 22 overtime points, knocking down two triples as the Team Canada hang-on for the the win a series sweep.

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“We are just glad we got win, I thank all the fans who came out made the game fun, that’s what its all about.” thanked Witjer after the game.

“We have a very beautiful team, very unselfish so any given guy can step-up every night so it makes us tough to defend.” – continued Wiltjer about his performance after the game.

With Canada missing majority of their current NBA stars, Wiltjer a former second-round pick of the Houston Rockets is extremely proud to represent Canada once again “its a huge honor every time I play for Canada so I’m really honored to be on this team and Australia is beautiful country so thank you for having us”

Canada connected on 14-of-50 triples (28%) and struggled at the free-throw line shooting 17-of-26 (65%). Canada yanked-down 20 offensive rebounds on their way to a slim 58-55 advantage.

Andrew Nembhard Injury Vs New Zealand Tall Blacks
Andrew Nembhard picks-up a right knee injury against New Zealand Tall Blacks

A night after losing Kaza Kajami-Keane to an ankle injury Team Canada lost yet another point guard as Andrew Nembhard picked-up a right knee injury early in the first-quarter and didn’t return.

Despite various incorrect reports, Canadian head coach Nick Nurse confirmed that point guard Cory Joseph will indeed be available for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Canada improves to 4-2, with victories over Nigeria, Australia and New Zealand (2x). Team Canada will take on the United States of America in their final exhibition game before the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Boxscore: Canada vs. New Zealand

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