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Canada finish fifth at 2014 FIBA World Championships

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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.

“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 Look To Take Gold In The Gold Coast Commenwealth After Buzzer Beating New Zealand

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“Hotter than July” like a Stevie album may be the forever forecast in the Gold Coast of Australia right now, but after icing the semi-finals of the 2018 Commenwealth Games like birthday cakes, Canada look to bring a cold front down under. So we hope you brought your big coats from earlier this years Pyeonchang Winter Olympics. Because you’ll need them. Its time to zip and wrap it all up.

Beating the Aussie neighbouring New Zealand 88-86 at the buzzer last night, even the fear striking pre-game ritual of the haka in all it’s glory couldn’t stop the Canucks (like the hack-a-Shaq on them rare nights when the diesel was all fuelled up from the free-throw line). Because Mamadou Gueye had the sauce and the dressing, as he threw up the prayer off the glass and the basketball Gods banked an answer. His shot may have looked like one of 10 year veteran turned Laker, Andre Ingram, but it was the right pitch and strike like ‘Dre throwing the first one at Dodger Stadium the same night last. No foul ball or referee call. Far flung like a hot potato with seconds to spare in the games oven. Despite throwing it over the coat cloaked defender from way behind the line with his outstetched and contured body looking like Gueye was kick hip-checked, it was all cash off the glass as he stunted the Tall Blacks for a whole continent declaring, “We The North” like the 6.

It hasn’t been this nasty since Nash saw red maple and white, flying the flag. Captain Canada we salute you!

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Making up for the Canadian womens national team, semi-final upset to number 21 world ranked Great Britain, 65-53 behind 20 from G.B.’s Rachael Vanderwal. Canada overcame a NZ off the ropes rally from 21 down and brought the knockout punch in a game that could have all gone due south like that dog Diefenbaker against the Kiwis. Now all that stands in the way of gold in the Gold Coast is host nation Australia, who sucker-beat previously unbeaten Scotland (who now take on New Jealand for the bronze podium position) 103-46, behind 17 from star Jesse Wagstaff. Not to mention the country who thrased Canada by 40 points in the pools. No shallow feat staring in the upset waters of what could be defeat.

But revenge is always a dish best served cold. No matter how long the games been on the grill.

Time to lower the boom.

Here it comes…

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Three-point barrage helps Canada route Bahamas 113-67 FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

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Brady Heslip Three Pointer Canada Routes Bahamas FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

Team Canada picked up a convincing 113-67 win over Bahamas to improve to 3-1 in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers zone. Behind a three-point barrage and unselfish play the Canadians reached the century mark for the second straight game and secured a berth in the second-round of the qualifying tournament.

Brady Heslip once again led Canada in the scoring column with a game-high 19 points, on 5-of-9 shooting from the outside in just 24 minutes. The Burlington, Ontario native drilled three triples in the opening quarter to help ignite the Canadian offense that saw a total of six players hitting double figures all Canadians scoring at least 3 points. Melvin Ejim added 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists, Thomas Scrubb continued to show his versatility with 10 points, 7 rebounds and a game-high 6 assists while Kyle Landry contributed well with 14 points and 8 rebounds.

Melvin Ejim Three Point Barrage Helps Canada Route Bahamas 113 67 Fiba Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

Melvin Ejim Helps Canada Route Bahamas 113 67 Fiba Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

Canada buried a total of 16 three-pointers on 34 attempts (44%),  dished out 26 assists and pounded the glass, beating the Bahamas 47-31.

Through four qualification games Canada is averaging 100 points per game while shooting 515 from the floor and 39% from threes. Brady Heslip currently ranks fifth in scoring with 18 points per game and leads everybody with 20 made triples.

The Road to the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup continues for Canada as they will return back home for the third and final window of the first-round of qualification process.  The Canadians will look to avenge their only of of the competition when they to face Group D leaders and undefeated Dominican Republic (4-0) in Toronto on Friday, June 29 and the Virgin Islands (1-3) in the Nations Capital of Ottawa on  Monday, July 2nd 2018

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The top three teams in the four Americas Zone qualifiers groups advance to round 2 with the top 7 from the second-round advancing the 2019 World Cup in China.

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Canada blasts US Virgin Islands FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

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Canada Basketball Blasts Virgin Islands Fiba Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

Led by a trio of veterans Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team (SMNT) blasted the Virgin Islands 118-89 in  FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers.

Veteran Canadian forward and former Iowa State Cyclones standout Melvin Ejim returned to the Canadian National lineup for the first time since the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament and poured in a game-high 28 points, 8 rebounds the 29 point route. Sharpshooter Brady Heslip continued his stellar play for Canada in Qualifying phase by adding 22 points including 5 rebound and 5 assists. Anthony Bennett also had a solid outing with 13 points on 5 rebounds.

The 118 points scored marks the most points scored by a Canada’s Senior men team since the Canadians hung a 112-92 victory over Puerto Rico in 2015.

With the win Canada avenges an embarrassing 83-71 to the Virgin Islands less than 12 months ago at the FIBA AmeriCup and improves the Canadians to 2-1 in Group D of the Americas World Cup qualifiers. Up next for the Canadians is another road test against the Bahamas (0-3).

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