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.
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.
Canada earns silver at 2019 FIBA U16 Americas Championships
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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