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Canada beats Puerto Rico wins first-ever Tuto Marchand Cup



Canada beats Puerto Rico wins first-ever Tuto Marchand Cup

What a difference two years makes!

After failing to win a game at the 2013 Tuto Marchand Cup, Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team (SMNT) completed a clean sweep at the bi-annual FIBA Americas tune-up tournament. Canada finished a perfect 4-0 thanks to a hard-fought 78-72 win over hosts Puerto Rico to claim their first-ever Marchand Cup title since the event began back in 2007.


Behind a game-high 20 point, 5 rebound performance from Andrew Wiggins, capped by a late-four quarter dunk that set social media on fire, Canada was able to fight-off a Puerto Rico opponent which came into the game on a nine-game winning streak versus the Canadians. Andrew Nicholson found his shooting touch, knocking down 4-out-5 three-pointers on his way to a 16 point, four rebound outing.


Canadian Head Coach Jay Triano Thumbs Up as Canada Goes 4-0 at Tuto Marchand Cup

Unlike the three previous contests where Canada was able to pull away from their South American opponents early on, Puerto Rico played with Canada from start to finish, forcing Jay Triano and his staff to shorten the bench rotations to 8-9 players to pull out the win.

Melvin Ejim (Orlando Magic) continued to show his improved shooting stroke and the ability to defend multiple positions, the former NCAA BIG 12 player of the year (Iowa St./2013) racked-up a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds (6 offensive) on 4-of-5 shooting.

Canada’s starting point guard Cory Joseph, also played well and finished with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in the win. Philip Scrubb outstanding playing continued as the former 3-time CIS Most Valuable player chipped in with 7 points and 2 rebounds including a huge three-pointer late in the fourth quarter as Puerto Rico threatened to take lead.

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Anthony Bennett added 8 points and 5 rebounds in limited minutes.

Puerto Rico was lead J.J Barea with 17 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds. Ramon Clemente added 14 points and 9 rebounds.

Canada shot 29/71 (41%) from the field and 10/27 (37%) from the outside with Nicholson (4) and Wiggins (2) combining six of those makes from behind the Arc.

For the four straight contest Canada out-muscled and out-scrapped their opponents on the boards with 45-36 advantage over Puerto Rico.

Despite Canada’s success at the Marchand Cup Jay Triano and his troops must address the foul-shooting woes, Canada once again left plenty of points off the board by going 10/18 (56%) from the charity stripe. Canada shot a low 63/95 (66%) in all four games. Turnovers will be an area of concern as Canada averaged over 16 giveaways per game versus 13 assists

The last time Canada beat Puerto Rico was in 2007 at the opening game of the Marchand Cup, a 65-63 win. Canada, Argentina, Cuba, Venezuela along with Puerto Rico round-out Group B at the 2015 FIBA Americas Championships. Both teams will meet at least once again, in less than a week, for their last group B game, a match-up which could, very well determine who advances out of the group stage as the SMNT continues their road to Rio De Janeiro.

Canada kicks off the group stage of the Olympic Qualifier against Argentina on Sept. 1.

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Canada vs. USA focal point of loaded Pre-FIBA World Cup series



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Photo: FIBA

Canada’s senior’s men’s basketball team will take on the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand and Nigeria in a loaded preseason FIBA World Cup schedule.

For many years Canadian’s have been waiting for the day that Canada’s golden basketball generation faced off against the mighty USA Dream Team.


Well, wait no longer, and bookmark Monday, August 26, 2019 your calendar.

Part of a five-game per-world cup series in Australia — Team Canada will wrap it’s six-game FIBA World Cup exhibition schedule with a much anticipated match-up against American’s.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to compete and gain familiarity against some of the top teams in the world in preparation for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019,” said Rowan Barrett, Canada Basketball General Manager, Men’s High Performance. “The USA has been the gold standard in FIBA basketball for several years so this will be a great opportunity for our program. In addition, having the chance to play tough road games against Australia and New Zealand will be a valuable experience for our team on the road to the World Cup.”

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Dwight Powell showing off the big guns for Team Canada – Photo: FIBA

Canada’s Senior Men’s National team (SMNT) will kick-off it’s pre-world cup festivities on home-soil, on Friday, August 9, 2019 against a rising Nigerian D’ Tigers (10-2, 1st place African Qualifiers) national side in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

From there it’s off to foreign territory as the Canadians get acquainted with the Australia Boomers — a 2019 FIBA World Cup Group of death foe and commonwealth member in a two-game series in Perth on August 16th and 17th.

Previously known for the their alternative nickname — “The Road Warriors” — for their lack of international FIBA home games — Team Canada will shift their attention to a familiar foe with a two-game series against the New Zealand Tall Blacks.

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According to the FIBA World Cup draw and if everything works out as planed Canada vs. USA could also become a reality in a potential heavyweight quarter-finals match-up.

With World Cup medal aspirations on the line and a 2020 Tokyo summer Olympics bid up for grabs, Canada will look to field a studded 12-men roster not only capable of fulling the federations 2020 vision of becoming a global basketball powerhouse but eventually reminding our border neighbors and media pundits that “soft and basketball” will no longer be acceptable in the basketball sentence.

Not exactly considered the cream-of the crop international tournaments — Canada’s senior’s men’s basketball team last knocked-off the United States of America 111-108 at the 2015 Pan-Am games in Toronto.

A 2005 FIBA Americas Group A win — culminated by a dominated 28 point, 9-rebound performance from Denham Brown lifted Canada 92-76 past the USA on August, 25, in San Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Canada knocked off the Americans 85-77 in the semi-finals of 1983 Summer Universiade games in Edmonton — beating a star-studded USA (Karl Malone, Charles Barkley) team in the semi-finals.

Team Canada FIBA World Cup international exhibition series

  • Canada Basketball vs. Nigeria D’ Tigers – August, 9th 2019 – MTS Place
  • Canada Basketball vs. Australia Boomers – August 16, 2019 – RAC Arena, Perth
  • Canada Basketball vs. Australia Boomers – August 17, 2019 – RAC Arena, Perth  
  • Canada Basketball vs. New Zealand Tall Blacks – August 20, 2019, Quaycentre, Sydney
  • Canada Basketball vs. New Zealand Tall Blacks – August 21, 2019, Quaycentre, Sydney
  • Canada Basketball vs. USA Basketball – August 26, 2019, Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney†

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Triano steps aside as Canadian national team coach



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Jay Triano has officially stepped down as the head coach of Canada’s senior men’s national team.

Canada Basketball made the announcement this morning, confirming media reports that circulated on Sunday.


“I can’t thank Jay enough for all he has done for basketball in Canada,” said Glen Grunwald, president and CEO of Canada Basketball, in a statement.  

“As both a coach and player, Jay is a Canadian icon and has played a major role in the development of basketball within our country and we will forever be grateful for his contributions. 

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Jay Triano is among the most accomplished coaches in Canadian history. Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee

“After speaking with Jay, I’m hopeful we can find a role where he can continue to contribute to Canada Basketball in the future.”

Triano is the first Canadian-born and Canadian-trained coach to work in the NBA, starting as an assistant with the Toronto Raptors in 2002 and later promoted to head coach.

He is currently the lead assistant coach with the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets.

As head coach of Canada’s national team from 1998 to 2004, Triano led the team to a seventh-place finish at the 2000 Olympic Summer Games in Sydney, Australia.

Canada has not returned to the Olympics since then, but it figures to be a contender to play at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

Triano returned as head coach in 2012, guiding the club to a pair of victories during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers.

As a player, Triano served with Canada’s national team from 1977 to 1988 and was team captain for the final seven years of his tenure.

He was elected to the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.

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Roy Rana 2019 FIBA Americas Qualifiers – Photo: FIBA

Ryerson University head coach Roy Rana is among three other candidates being granted interviews to replace Triano, according to Sportsnet’s Michael Grange.

The other candidates are Gord Herbert, who played for Canada at the 1984 Olympics; and Ettore Messina, an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs.

A final decision is expected by March 31.

Multiple reports say Triano cited “personal reasons” for taking his name out of the running, but he did not elaborate.

Team Canada’s next major test will be the 2019 FIBA World Cup, starting Aug. 31 in China.

Triano steps aside at a high point in Canadian basketball, with dozens of players in the NBA and at elite NCAA schools, including Barrett’s son R.J. Barrett, a Duke University standout who is projected to be a lottery pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

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