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BasketballBuzz NBL Canada Power Rankings – Dec, 12 2011



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:  BasketballBuzz NBL Canada Power Rankings - Nov 28, 2011

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 earns silver at 2019 FIBA U16 Americas Championships



Ryan Nembhard Guards Usa Amari Bailey 2019 U16 Fiba Americas
Canadian Point Guard Ryan Nembhard guards USA's Amari Bailey

Canada’s U16 Men’s national team captured a third straight silver medal at the 2019 FIBA Americas championships falling 94-77 to the United States of America in the Gold medal game in Belem, Brazil.

The highly anticipated bout featuring the two top U16 FIBA-ranked teams in the world didn’t disappoint — showcasing upwards of a combined 10 potential NBA draftees.

Team Canada kept the game tight for the first 10 minutes and took their only lead of the game at 17-15 with 2:02 in to play, before a late triple gave the USA a 18-17 lead to close the quarter.

The USA took the game to the Canadians in the second-quarter, outscoring Canada 27-15 for a 45-32 half-time lead.

Canadian Caleb Houstan Dunk 2019 Fiba 16 Americas Championships
Canadian Caleb Houstan throws down a one-hand dunk at 2019 FIBA U16 Americas Championships – Photo: FIBA

Caleb Houstan (Mississauga, Ont.) scored 25 points and three rebounds and finished as the championship’s second leading scorer with 22.8 points per game. Houstan, a silky smooth forward had a tournament high 29 points to become Canada’s top scorer in U16 FIBA Americas competition — breaking Kevin Pangos 28 point record from 2009.

††††Canada showed some bark in the third-quarter with solid defensive stretches and back-to-back dunks, cutting the lead to single digits on multiple occasions and closing in at 57-51 of the Americans with 4:34 to play.

The Americans rallied with a 13-6 run to end third-quarter for a comfortable 72-57 lead and put it in cruise control in the fourth-quarter — stretching the lead to a game-high 21 points.

Team Usa Golden Once Again 2019 Fiba U16 Americas
Christopher Livingston (USA) takes home 2019 FIBA U16 Americas MVP – Photo: FIBA

Despite the loss, the final 17-point deficit ties the lowest spread between the two squads in five championship or semi-finals games at the FIBA Americas tournament.

Team Canada has now lost all five games against the USA at the FIBA U16 Americas championships — dropping three-straight gold medal games — 111-60 in 2017 and 77-60 in 2015 and two semi-finals encounters, 113-70 in 2011 and 126-78 in 2009.

Must Read:  BasketballBuzz NBL Canada Power Rankings - Nov 14, 2011

Ryan Nembhard (Aurora, Ont) wrapped the tournament with another outstanding effort with 21 points, 9 assists and 2 rebounds. Nembhard led the tournament with a total of 54 assists, good for 9 per game, and was Canada’s second leading scorer at 14.3 points per game.

Canadian Enoch Boakye Pulls Double Rebound Against Mexico Fiba U16 Americas
Canadian Enoch Boakye 6’9″ pulls down double-double against Mexico at FIBA U16 Americas – Photo: FIBA

Enoch Boakye (Brampton, Ont) 12 points and 13 rebounds concluded the tournament with his third straight game in double-figures rebounding and was the third top rebounder in the competition at 10.8 per game. Boakye had of two of the tournaments top 10 rebounding performances with 17 against Mexico and 16 against Dominican Republic.

2019 Fiba 16 Americas All Star Team Canadians Caleb Houstan Ryan Nembhard
Canadian’s Caleb Houstan and Ryan Nembhard – 2019 FIBA 16 Americas All Star Team – Photo: FIBA

Both Houstan and Ryan Nembhard were named to the tournaments all-star team alongside Dominican Republic’s Jean Montero — including the USA’s Jalen Durne and tournament MVP Christopher Livingston.

Canada finished the tournament 5-1 with group B victories over Uruguay 101-63, Brazil 90-67, Puerto Rico 96-76 and wins over Mexico 95-78 and 97-81 over the Dominican Republic in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.

The U16 Canadian squad has reached the podium five times since the inaugural, bi-annual American zone tournament kicked-off 10 years ago in 2009 — earning three silver and two bronze medals. Canada lost a heart-breaking 65-64 semi-finals loss to Argentina in 2013.

Canada has qualified for the 2020 U17 FIBA World Championships where they will look to improve from their 2018 4th-place finish.

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Shaedon Sharpe posterizes Dominican defender at U16 FIBA Americas



Shaedon Sharpe Posterizes Dominican Defender At U16 Fiba Americas

Canadian 16-year old high-flyer Shaedon Sharpe took off and posterized a Dominican Republic defender at the 2019 FIBA U16 Americas championship in Brazil.

With 35 seconds to play the first-half Sharpe shook off a defender with a sweet pump fake and then took-off baseline and dropped a Jordanesque poster all-over the Dominican defender.

Canada broken a tightly contested semi-finals contest to beat the Dominican Republic 97-81 to reach the finals of the 2016 FIBA U16 Americas championships.

Sharpe finished with 17 points , four rebounds and three assists, shooting 8-for-10 from the field.

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