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BasketballBuzz NBL Canada Power Rankings – Nov 22, 2011

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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.

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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.

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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

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Canada draws Group of Death 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup

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Cory Joseph Canada Basketball Draws Group Of Death 2019 Fiba World Cup

Canada’s path to a 2019 FIBA basketball World Cup medal and hopes of a 2020 Olympic berth took a serious blow prior to the start of the games as No. 23 Team Canada was drawn into the group of death — alongside global powerhouses No. 6 Lithuania, No. 11 Australia, and No. 37 Senegal.

2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Groups

2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Groups

For Canada to have a shot at getting to the podium they will have to finish in the top two spots of Group H to advance to second round of the tournament — where the top 16 teams will be split into four new groups (Groups I, J, K, L). If it reaches that stage Team Canada will once again have to finish in the top two to advance to the quarter-finals.

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Canada’s road to the 2020 Tokyo summer Olympics is a complex and tough process — given FIBA’s decision to make the World Cup apart of the qualification process. Seven spots are currently up for grabs at FIBA’s flagship event and with hosts Japan earning an automatic entry the room for error is minuscule.

To reach the Olympics, Canada will have to finish as one of the top two teams from the seven team America’s region that features the world’s number one squad in the United States of America alongside traditional mainstays Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Venezula and Puerto Rico.

If Canada is unable to secure a spot as one of the two top America’s region teams, they will hope to be amongst the top 16 teams at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup where they will be granted automatic qualification to a last chance tournament taking place next summer at a yet to be determined locations. If unable to finish in the top 16, Canada’s last hope would be one of the last eight countries that FIBA would invite for one of the last-chance qualifier tournaments.

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Therefore, if Canada has any hopes of qualifying for the 12-team 2020 Summer Olympics via the World Cup they will need to advance from Group H one as top two teams, failure to advance in the premilinary round will automatically put Canada’s hopes at the mercy FIBA via the invitation tournament only.

Should Canada reach the second-round they will be placed in the newly formed Group L, alongside Group G winner and runner-up — potentially setting up another group of death with No. 3 France, No. 11 Germany, No. 11 Australia or No. 6 Lithuania.

To make matters worse for the Canadians, they have been pooled on the same half of the draw as the United States — which would mean a potential quarter-finals match-up between the two neighbouring nations, if Canada can somehow get there.

If the Canadians can reach the quarter-finals there is a good chance they alongside the USA would be last two standing Americas teams — thus earning automatic berth to Tokyo 2020.

As evident, by the World Cup draw and given FIBA’s recent changes it’s clearly going to be a tough road for the Canadians to fullfill their 2020 vision of becoming a global basketball powerhouse.

Canada opens up the World Cup against Australia on Saturday August 31st and will take on Lithuania on two days rest on Monday September 2nd beforing concluding Group H action against Senegal on Wednesday September 4th, 2019. All of Canada’s preliminary round games will be played in Dongguan, China

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Kia Nurse wins Australian pro championship

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Kia Nurse Wins Australian Pro Championship

Kia Nurse of Hamilton, Ont., finished second in MVP voting as she helped the University of Canberra to a WNBL Championship today in Australia.

Nurse, a six-foot guard, had 12 points and three assists in a 93-73 victory over the Adelaide Lightning in a series-clinching Game 3 at home in AIS Arena.

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“Thank you for giving me an opportunity to play with an amazing group of women,” Nurse said on Twitter after the win.

This was the latest in a series of high-profile achievements for the former University of Connecticut standout.

Nurse is coming off a solid rookie season in the WNBA, where she averaged 9.1 points per game with the New York Liberty.

New York finished out of the playoffs, and Nurse transitioned to the Australian Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) during the offseason.

Many WNBA players spend the offseason in other pro leagues, in part because salaries are low.

The average WNBA player makes less than $72,000 according to the Canadian Press.

Nurse had a larger role with Canberra, roughly averaging 18 points, five rebounds and two assists per game.

Canberra’s 2-1 series win over Adelaide gave the club its eighth WNBL title.

Nurse finished second to Canberra captain Kelsey Griffin in voting for the Rachael Sporn Grand Final MVP award, according to CP.

At 22, Nurse is arguably Canada’s best-known women’s player, thanks in part to her long-running involvement with Team Canada at international tournaments.

She led Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and a seventh-place finish at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

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Nurse also won two NCAA titles with UConn, where she was also American Athletic Conference (AAC) Freshman of the year in 2015.

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