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BasketballBuzz NBL Canada Power Rankings – Dec, 12 2011

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A busy week filled with trades and transactions as teams scramble to find their groove. We hit you up with the latest BasketballBuzz NBL Canada Power Rankings.

<b>#1 London Lightning – (11-3) (LW: 1)</b>
The Lightning retain their top spot despite dropping a close home game against the Oshawa Power in the battle of the 401. Gabe Freeman is making a strong case for league MVP, the Phoenix Arizona native is averaging 17 points and a league leading 12 rebounds per contest.

Previous: @Oshawa Power W, 100-76, Oshawa Power L 93-98, @Oshawa Power W, 87-80
Upcoming Games: Idle

<b>#2 Quebec Kebs – (9-5) (LW: 2)</b>
The Kebs had their four game winning streak snapped courtesy of the Rainmen. Quebec welcomes a six game home stretch after playing a league-high 9 of their first 14 games on the road.

Previous: @Halifax Rainmen L, 93-83, @Saint John Mill Rats W, 74-63
Upcoming Games:  Oshawa Power, Saint John Mill Rats

<b>#3 Halifax Rainmen – (6-4) (LW: 4)</b>
The Rainmen picked up their first road victory of the season in fine fashion as NBL Player of the Week, Justin Johnson nailed a three-point basket with six seconds remaining. Halifax released Orien Greene and Canadian Pappa Oppong.

Previous: @Summerside Storm W, 97-96, Quebec Kebs W, 97-83
Upcoming Games: @Summerside Storm, Oshawa Power

<b>#4 Saint John Mill Rats (6-6) (LW: 3)</b>
The Mill Rats just missed out on a key victory against the Kebs and a made huge splash by acquiring the services of the best Canadian player in the league, as versatile big men Kevin Francis from the Oshawa Power relocates to east coast.

Must Read:  Rowan Barrett Jr. torches USA leads Canada to 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup Finals

Previous: Quebec Kebs L, 89-91
Upcoming Games: @Moncton Miracles, Moncton Miracles, @Quebec Kebs

<b>#5 Oshawa Power – (6-8) (LW: 5)</b>
The Power beat the London Lightning for the second time this season and were active in the trade front by shipping Kevin Francis in exchange for Canadians Jerome Brown and 7’0 centre David Collins.

Previous: London Lightning L, 76-100, @London Lightning W, 98-93, London Lightning L, 80-87
Upcoming Games: @Quebec Kebs, @Halifax Rainmen, @Moncton Miracles

<b>#6 Summerside Storm – (5-7) (LW: 6)</b>
The Summerside Storm lost at the buzzer and have now dropped four straight games including seven of their last nine.

Previous: Halifax Rainmen L, 96-97
<b>Upcoming Games:</b> Halifax Rainmen, Moncton Miracles

<b>#7 Moncton Miracles (0-11) (LW: 7)</b>
Miracles had no games last week, and shipped Toronto native Tristan Smith (9.9 PPG) to the London Lightning in exchange for Nick Lother (Winnipeg, MB) and a first round pick in next years draft.

Previous: Idle
Previous: Saint John Mill Rats, @Summerside Storm, @Saint John Mill Rats, Oshawa Power

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Canada blasts US Virgin Islands FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

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Canada Basketball Blasts Virgin Islands Fiba Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

Led by a trio of veterans Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team (SMNT) blasted the Virgin Islands 118-89 in  FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers.

Veteran Canadian forward and former Iowa State Cyclones standout Melvin Ejim returned to the Canadian National lineup for the first time since the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament and poured in a game-high 28 points, 8 rebounds the 29 point route. Sharpshooter Brady Heslip continued his stellar play for Canada in Qualifying phase by adding 22 points including 5 rebound and 5 assists. Anthony Bennett also had a solid outing with 13 points on 5 rebounds.

The 118 points scored marks the most points scored by a Canada’s Senior men team since the Canadians hung a 112-92 victory over Puerto Rico in 2015. With the win Canada avenges an embarrassing 83-71 to the Virgin Islands less than 12 months ago and improves the Canadians to 2-1 in Group D of the Americas World Cup qualifiers. Up next for the Canadians is a tough road test against the Bahamas.

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Young Canadian squad shapes FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

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Xavier Rathan Mayes Canada Vs Argentina

For the past twenty-plus (20) years starving Canadian basketball fans across the country have asked for more International sanctioned games on home soil.

Finally, it looks like those requests are materializing.

With the upcoming kick-off to the newly formatted road to the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the 2019 Americas Qualifiers taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia will satisfy and quench the thirst of long-time East coast supporters of the National game.

A young, 25th-ranked Canadian squad will take on 59th ranked Bahamas, in a important Group D qualify game at the Scotiabank Centre.

Led by former number one pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, Anthony Bennett (Northern Arizona, G-League), the roster features a strong young crop of former Usports All-Canadians and NCAA Division I standouts. Additionally, a further testimony to the growth of Canadian University Basketball, Ryerson Rams head coach Roy Rana, headlines the coaching staff alongside Carleton Ravens coach Dave Smart.

Point guard duties will be handled by Olivier Hanlan, Phil Scrubb and Kaza Kajami-Keane. The latter two having won multiple Usports basketball championships under the tutelage of Smart. Three-point specialist Brady Heslip and along side confident Xavier Rathan-Mayes will look to fill it up for the outside. The front court will anchored by 6’8″ Anthony Bennett, Thomas Scrubb, (another Ravens All-Canadian) and former Acadia Axemen 6’10” Owen Klassen (Kingston, ON).

Overall the roster looks solid, given the lack of availability of Canada’s top talent due to changes in the qualifying format, and the NBA’s willingness to move aside and grant FIBA the release of its players, regardless of nationality for the World Cup qualifying periods.

Must Read:  Toronto 3D Taking Flight

Placed in Group D alongside Virgin Islands, Bahamas and Dominican Republic. The young Canadians will play a home and away series against each team. After the Bahamas game, Canada will fly out to the Dominican Republic for a stern road test on November 28, 2017 to wrap up the opening qualifying window.  The second qualifier will take in late February with Canada once again hitting the road for games against the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. The third qualifying window will see Canada host two more games on home soil on June 29 and July 2, 2018.

Canada is coming off a mediocre performance at the FIBA Americup dropping games to Virgin Islands 83-71, Argentina 92-86 with its only win against a tough Venezuela 75-66 team that denied the Canadians an Olympics appearance in Rio 2016.

Joel Anthony

Centre

6’9″

Montreal, QC Free Agent
Anthony Bennett

Forward

6’8″

Toronto, ON Northern Arizona Suns (G-League)
Grandy Glaze

Centre

6’7″

Toronto, ON St. John’s Edge (NBL Canada)
Olivier Hanlan

Guard

6’4″

Aylmer, QC Austin Spurs (G-League)
Brady Heslip

Guard

6’2″

Burlington, ON Trabzonspor (Turkey)
Kaza Kajami-Keane

Guard

6’1″

Ajax, ON Raptors 905 (G-League)
Owen Klassen

Centre

6’10”

Kingston, ON PAOK (Greece)
Dyshawn Pierre

Forward

6’6″

Whitby, ON Banco di Srd (Italy)
Xavier Rathan-Mayes

Guard

6’4″

Scarborough, ON Westchester Knicks (G-League)
Phil Scrubb

Guard

6’3″

Richmond, B.C. Fraport SKY (Germany)
Thomas Scrubb

Forward

6’6″

Richmond, B.C. Scandone AV (Italy)
Marc Trasolini

Centre

6’9″

Vancouver, B.C. Hokkaido L. (Japan)
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Canadian Rowan Barrett Jr. Insane 38 points versus USA

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Canadian Rowan Barrett Jr. 38 Points Versus USA

Canadian Guard Rowan Barrett Jr. goes off for an insane 38 points versus USA at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo Egypt. Canada stunned the USA 99-87 to advance to Gold Medal game.

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