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Canada finish fifth at 2014 FIBA World Championships

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Canada finish fifth at 2014 FIBA World Championships

Istanbul, Turkey — Canada’s Senior Women’s basketball team wrapped up a successful run at the 2014 FIBA World Championships with a hard fought and well deserved 61-53 victory over China to take home fifth-place.

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Canada’s Miranda Ayim (London/ON) goes to work against China.

Canada took control of a tight contest in the late stages of the third-quarter to open up a 46-41 lead thanks to the stellar and energetic play of Miranda Ayim (London, ON) who finished with her best game of the tournament with a 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks.

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“Today, she really brought it. She was diving on the floor for loose balls, she battling people for defensive, offensive boards, extra possessions, she was fantastic. I’m so happy for her because she wasn’t here in 2010 and played more of a limited role for us in 2012 at the Olympics. So to see her step in the last two years and play a significant role on this team says a lot about her and her buy in with what we are trying to do.” discussed Canadian Head Coach Lisa Thomaidis about effort her undersized post player gave throughout the tournament.

With Canada leading 52-46 and China looking to make one final push, the Canadians swung the ball around the horn and found Katherine Plouffe for a wide-open triple to restore a nine-point cushion at 55-46 with 4:45 remaining. The Canadians maintained their composure, controlled the boards and defended the three-point line to finish the 2014 World Championships with a respectable 4-3 record, earning victories over Mozambique, Czech Republic, France. China while dropping contests to Turkey, France and Australia.

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Team Canada Kim Gaucher once again came-up huge for Canada and finished with a game-high  16 points and five rebounds. 18-year old Kia Nurse wrapped her first  major international competition with a solid 9 points three rebound, three assist effort and was quick to credit two Canada’s long standing players in Kim Gaucher and Shona Thorburn.

“Playing with the two of them has been incredible, they are two really amazing players, they are genius on the basketball court, they know exactly what is going on. Kim was here at young age just like I was and if I can be anything like a leader that her and Shona are I will be ecstatic about that. They are two of the best leaders that I have been privileged to play with.”

The fifth-place finish is Canada’s best showing at the FIBA World’s showcase since 1986 when it took home 3rd place at Moscow games in the former Soviet Union. Canada will host the 2015 FIBA Americas in Edmonton and will look to qualify for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro for their fourth-straight Olympic games dating back to 1996.

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

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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.

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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.

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“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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