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Angola’s Yannick Moreira leaves marks all-over 2014 FIBA World Cup

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Angola's Yannick Moreira leaves marks all-over 2014 FIBA World Cup

The next generation of Angola basketball players were on full display at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain as Angolan head coach Paulo Macedo opted to showcase his youthful talent rather then relying on his older and more experienced players that have carried and represented Angolan and African basketball proudly over the past ten years.

Enter, Yannick Moreira, the youngest player on the team at just 23-years old.Yannick-Moreira-Focused

The 6’11”, 220 lbs, power forward from Luanda, Angola and current senior with the NCAA’s SMU Mustangs showcased his full potential on the last day of group play as the Palancas Negras rallied back to upset Australia 91-83 and finish off the 2014 FIBA World Cup on a high note and a 2-3 record overall record.  Moreira who made his Angolan Senior Men’s National Team debut registered a tournament best 38-points and 15 rebounds on 17-of-24 (70.8%) shooting in the victory and finished the tournament as Angolan’s top scorer (17.8) and rebounder (8.2).

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The ten-time African Championships who have rode the success of Joaquim “Kikas” Gomes, Olimpio Cripriano and Eduardo Mingas over the past ten years suffered a major setback when the team learned that 2013 FIBA AfroBasket MVP point guard Carlos Morais wouldn’t be able to play due to a knee injury (Morais earned a NBA training camp agreement with the Toronto Raptors). Without Morais in the picture Angola struggled to get production from their backcourt leaving head coach Macedo no other alternative but to test the waters and give his youngster more minutes as the tournament went on.  Moreira led Angola in scoring in three of the five group-games and finished with two double-doubles. His only single digit game came against Lithuania.

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As a junior under the tutelage of former NBA head coach Larry Brown, Moreira averaged 6.0 points and 3.9 rebounds in 14 minutes of playing time, he was forced to  sidelines after picking-up a knee injury in early February. Before the injury Moreira displayed flashes of brilliance with six straight games in double-figures including a career-high 19 points against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

As a sophomore Moreira was rated the top Junior College (JUCO) prospect thanks to his 18.2 points, 9.8 rebounds per game while leading Texas’ South Plains college to two amazing seasons. He also earned MVP honors at the 2012 NJCAA national tournament after winning the championship and completing a 36-0 undefeated season.

Angola once again showed it belonged in the world basketball stage, despite falling short of its goal of qualifying for the knock-round the Palanca Negras, placed in a tough group with European heavyweights Lithuania, Slovenia along-side Oceania champs Australia, Americas champs Mexico and Korea hung tough for most games and improved during the tournament. If you remove the unexpected margin of defeat (24 pts) against Mexico, Angola lost to Lithuania (13) and Slovenia (7) by a combined 19 points.

For Moreira, sky is the limit with his senior season ready to unfold at SMU, it might just be a matter of time before we hear NBA commissioner Adam Silver mentioned these words:

“With the __ pick of the 2015 NBA Draft the __________ select Yannick Moreira from Luanda, Angola.”

If this does happen, Moreira will become the first-ever Angolan basketball player to be selected in the NBA draft.

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Record 17 Canadian NBA players invited to 2019 FIBA World Cup Training Camp

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Canada Basketball has released it’s highly anticipated 2019 FIBA World Cup training camp roster.

Loaded with 29 high-skilled Canadians — 17 currently under NBA contracts, the roster is Canada’s best-assembled talent of all-time and represents the country’s best shot at reaching the podium at the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup in China — and potentially earning a return trip to the 2020 Olympics games in Tokyo.

Tough decisions will need to be made by recently announced head coach Nick Nurse who will have the difficult task of cutting multiple NBA players for the first time in order to finalize the final 12-man roster that is expected to be committed to the goal from training camp through the World Cup.

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Other Canadian NBA players under contract but absent from the list included Andrew Wiggins (Twolves), Anthony Bennett (Houston Rockets), Kyle Alexander (Miami Heat) and Knicks rookie Ignas Brazdeikis — a dual-citizen that is expected to opt to play for Lithuania. Other former NBA players omitted from the list include Andrew Nicholson, a 2012 draft-pick, 19th overall selection of the Orlando Magic and Olivier Hanlan a former 2015 second-round pick of the San Antonio Spurs.

Canada will kick-off a short 3-day training camp from August 4-6 at the OVO Athletic Centre in Toronto before embarking on a loaded exhibition schedule that features two games on home soil against Nigeria and a final marquee-against the USA on August 26th.

2019 Canadian Senior Men’s National Team Schedule

DateTime/TeamTimeLocation
August 4-6 Training Camp OVO Athletic Centre – Toronto, ON
August 7 Canada vs. Nigeria (Exhibition) 7:00 PM Mattamy Athletic Centre – Toronto, ON
August 9 Canada vs. Nigeria (Exhibition) 8:00 PM Bell MTS Place – 
Winnipeg, MB
August 16 Canada vs. Australia (Exhibition) 5:30 AM RAC Arena – 
Perth, Australia
August 17 Canada vs. Australia (Exhibition) 5:30 AM RAC Arena – 
Perth, Australia
August 20 Canada vs. New Zealand (Exhibition) 5:30 AM Quaycentre – 
Sydney, Australia
August 21 Canada vs. New Zealand (Exhibition 5:30 AM Quaycentre – 
Sydney, Australia
August 26 Canada vs. USA (Exhibition) 5:30 AM Qudos Bank Arena – Sydney, Australia
September 1 Canada vs. Australia
3:30 AM
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China
September 3 Canada vs. Lithuania 7:30 AM FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019
China
September 5 Canada vs. Senegal 3:30 AM FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019
China

Major time zone difference

Outside of the two home games against Nigeria, Canadian basketball fans should brace themselves and get ready for early morning basketball depending on which coast you reside in. Sydney, Perth, Australia and China are a whopping 14, 12 and 12 hours ahead of Canadian eastern time zone – meaning early morning Tim Hortons to support the national pride.

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USA ends Mali’s historic run win 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup Gold Medal

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Usa Ends Malis Historic Run Win Record 7th Fiba U19 World Cup Gold Medal

The United States of America are back on top of the FIBA U19 World Cup.

Two years after finishing a record low, third-place in Cairo Egypt — the Americans defeated and ended rising African champion’s historic basketball run with a 93-79 victory over Mali to claim the 2019 U19 World Cup in Heraklion, Greece.

The USA fought off a hot and confident Mali squad playing in their first ever FIBA World Cup finals to win their record seventh FIBA U19 gold medal.

Champions Usa Ends Malis Historic Run Win Record 7th Fiba U19 World Cup Gold Medal
USA 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup Champions – Photo: FIBA

Mali got off to an outstanding start on the strength of Hassan Drame’s 9 points, as Mali ripped off a 11-0 run and took a early 11-3 lead with 6:58 to play. The USA pounded Mali on the offensive glass pulling down 13 offensive rebounds on their way to out-rebounding the African side 19-12 in the quarter to quickly close the gap as Mali led 22-20 lead after 10 minutes.

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The USA went to a 3-2 zone early in the second-quarter and slowly grinded Mali out with tight defense and relentless offensive rebounding to finally take a 37-36 lead, their first since leading 3-0. A late three-pointer, the USA first of the half, put the Americans ahead for good at with a 42-40 at half-time.

Scott Barnes Jr Flexing Usa Ends Malis Historic Run Win 2019 Fiba U19 World Cup Gold Medal
USA Scott Barnes Jr flexing against Mali at 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup Gold Medal game -Photo: FIBA

The USA opened the third-quarter with a 14-0 run, holding Mali scoreless for the first 3:00 minutes of the second-half and forcing Mali head coach Alhadji Dicko to call a time-out to restore orders as the lead swell to double-digits at 54-40.

Mali showed their resiliency and pride, fighting until the final whistle to close a game-high 20 point lead to single digits at 84-77 — on a made pull-up three pointer by Martin Diakite with 4:11 to go. The USA clamped down, allowing Mali just two points the rest of the way for the 14 win.

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Cade Cunningham Usa Ends Malis Historic Run Win Record 7th Fiba U19 World Cup Gold Medal
Cade Cunningham throws down a major dunk over Oumar Balla – Photo: FIBA

Undeclared point guard Cade Cunningham paced a loaded USA offense with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and had several highlight reel dunks. The 6’7″ Montverde Academy standout holds offers from Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Virginia and a long-list of major suitors. Jalen Suggs added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Scott Barnes Jr. finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds and tournament MVP Reginald Perry also finished in double figures with 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

Mail had four players in double-figures led by continuous all-around talent of Hassan Drame with 17 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists. Karim Coulibaly (Pittsburgh Panthers) showed a nice soft touch around the rim with 17 points and 3 blocks. Gonzaga commit Oumar Ballo came-up short of fourth straight double-double and finished with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Ballo, a sure-shot NBA prospect showcased multiple Point guard Siriman Kanoute capped off a stellar tournament with 16 points , 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

2019 Fiba U19 World Cup All Stars
2019 FIBA U19 World Cup All Stars – Photo: FIBA

2019 FIBA U19 MVP & All-Stars

Joel Ayiyi – France
Oumar Ballo – Mali
Tyrese Haliburton – USA
Siriman Kanoute – Mali
Reginald Perry – USA

The USA had previously beaten Mali twice at the 2017 World Cup — 117-69 and 118-56, a 55-point margin of victory.

2019 FIBA U19 Final Standings

StandingsTeamRecord
1USA 7-0
2Mali 5-2
3France 5-2
4Lithuania 4-3
5Russia5-2
6Puerto Rico 2-5
7Serbia5-2
8Canada3-4
9Australia 5-2
10Greece3-4
11Argentina 5-2
12Latvia 1-6
13New Zealand 4-3
14Philippines 1-6
15Senegal 1-6
16China 1-6

Boxscore USA vs. Senegal

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