Week #3 of the 2011-12 National Basketball League of Canada brought along some sad news and exciting showtime basketball, with intriguing match-ups and a few surprises simply kick back and digest the latest BasketballBuzz NBL Canada Power Rankings.
#1 London Lightning – (6-2) (LW: 1)
London is currently the second best defensive squad in the league and held two of their opponents below the century mark. Still the team to beat and we don’t expect this to change anytime soon.
Previous: Quebec Kebs, W 85-79, Oshawa Power L, 100-96 OT, Oshawa Power W, 105-93
Upcoming Games: Moncton Miracles
#2 Halifax Rainmen – (3-2) (LW: 3)
After a 0-2 start the Rainmen have racked-up three-straight and look poised to remain amongst the league’s premier squads. Vancouver native and former St. Mary’s Huskies Joey Haywood continues to shine and has established himself as a go to guy in a team stacked with talent.
Previous: Saint John Mill Rats W, 122-104
Upcoming Games: Oshawa Power
#3 Quebec Kebs – (5-4) (LW: 4)
The boys from La Belle Province have won three out of their last four games and move one spot up to #3. The combination of Ralphy Holmes and Royce Parran is very exciting to watch. The Kebs and the NBLC morned the sudden passing of 26-year old Sam Carey, a former player with the team.
Previous: Oshawa Power W, 97-88, London Lightning L, 79-85, Summerside Storm W, 108-89
Upcoming Games: Idle
#4 Summerside Storm – (4-3) (LW: 4)
A disappointing week for the Storm. They shot a combined 9-for-43 from downtown in their two defeats last week and their only victory came against the winless Miracles.
Previous: Saint John Mill Rats L, 90-106, Moncton Miracles W, 119-101, Quebec Kebs L 89-108
Upcoming Games: Oshawa Power
#5 Saint John Mill Rats (4-4) (LW: 6)
The Mill Rats are on the rise and have won four of their last five contest. Exciting 5’11” 185-pound guard Anthony Anderson (Lynn MA) earned player of the week honors after dropping a league and season-high 35 points.
Previous: Oshawa Power W, 88-91, Summerside Storm W, 106-90, Halifax Rainmen L, 104-122, Moncton Miracles W, 97-92
#6 Oshawa Power – (3-4) (LW: 2)
Steep decline from the #2 spot, two very tough losses by a combined three-points. Avoided a three-game losing streak by earning a signature victory over the Lightning.
Previous: Saint John Mill Rats L, 88-91, Quebec Kebs L, 88-87, London Lightning W, 100-96, London Lightning L, 93-105
Upcoming Games: Summerside Storm, Halifax Rainmen
#7 Moncton Miracles (0-6) (LW: 7)
At this point, a trade or a big splash acquisition might be the Miracle they need.
Previous: Summerside Storm L, 101-119, Saint John Mill Rats L, 92-97
Upcoming Games: London Lightning
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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