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BasketballBuzz NBL Canada Power Rankings – Nov 14, 2011

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The second week of the National Basketball of League Canadian (NBLC) featured two exciting overtime games, unexpected victories and a huge splash by a Canadian guard. Let the second edition of the BasketballBuzz NBL Canada Power Rankings roll.

#1 London Lightning – (4-1) (LW: 1)

The Lightning finally dropped their first game in franchise history as the winless St. John Mill Rats came to London and out-hustled Michael Ray Richardson squad and walked away with a surprising 96-86 victory. The Lightning also came from behind to beat the Quebec Kebs 102-94 in thrilling overtime game behind a loud and raucous home crowd.

Upcoming Games: Quebec Kebs, Oshawa Power X 2

#2 Oshawa Power – (2-1) (LW: 2)

The Power were idle this week, and maintain the #2 spot. We’re about to find out a little more about the Power this week as they open-up a brutal four-game schedule including two games against the Lightning.

Upcoming Games: Saint John Mill Rats, Quebec Kebs, London Lightning X 2

#3 Halifax Rainmen – (2-2) (LW: 5)

A 2-0 week has the Rainmen on the rise as they climb two spots to #3. Rainmen continue to make a big splash by acquiring NBA talent as Orien Greene (Boston Celtics, Nets) joined the club, but it was VanCity’s own Joey Haywood (St.Mary’s Huskies) who is stealing the show, earning him player-of-week honours.

Upcoming Games: Saint John Mill Rats

#4 Summerside Storm – (3-1) (LW: 3)

The Storm pulled a 108-107 miracle victory against the St. John Mill Rats in OT and went toe-to-toe with the Rainmen to close out the week with a 1-1 record.

Must Read:  London Lightning Gabe Freeman: NBL Canada MVP?

Upcoming Games: Saint John Mill Rats, Moncton Miracles. Quebec Kebs

#5 Quebec Kebs – (3-3) (LW: 4)

Dropped another winnable game against the London Lightning in overtime and just got past the winless Moncton Miracles 98-94. Canadian Yannick Anzuluni had his best outing of the year with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Upcoming Games: Oshawa Power, London Lightning, Summerside Storm

#6 Saint John Mill Rats (1-3) (LW: 6)

The Mill Rats earned lost a heart-breaker in overtime against the Summerside Storm but regrouped and pulled off the unexpected, by defeating the Lightning on the road.

Upcoming Games: Oshawa Power, Summerside Storm, Halifax Rainmen

#7 Moncton Miracles (0-4) (LW: 7)

Blame the schedule makers, the Miracles will play their first home this week, however we’re not sure that’s going to cure their league low 91.1 points per game. They are the only team that has yet to crack the century mark.

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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:  London Lightning Gabe Freeman: NBL Canada MVP?

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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