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Canada gets revenge, romps Brazil at 2015 Tuto Marchand Cup

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Canada’s Dream Team pounded Brazil 80-64 to improve to 2-0 at the 2015 Tuto Marchand Cup in San Juan Puerto Rico.

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Canada’s Dwight Powell pulling down a rebound against Brazil

Dwight Powell’s 18 points and 8 rebounds, Brady Heslip’s 15 and Philip Scrubb’s 10 points once again showed just how potent and lethal the Canadians can be, outscoring Brazil’s bench 50-20 on their way to a convincing win over a squad that forced Canada to settle for a Silver medal at the Pan Am Games less than weeks ago.

Anthony Bennett scored 11 straight points for Canada to open the third-quarter and bust open a low-scoring first-half which Canada led 36-27. The current Minnesota Timberwolves forward finished with 16 points in just over 14 minutes and was nearly perfect from the field shooting 6-of-7, including 2-for-2 from three-pointers.

Asked by a reporter during post-game as to why he has been able to play this well for Canada and not yet lived-up to expectations as the No. 1 overall pick, Bennett replied “I’m just playing with confidence, playing defense, playing with patience and representing my country.”

The second game of the tune-up tourney gave us a glimpse of what the offense will look like under direction of new Toronto Raptors Point Guard Cory Joseph who returned to line-up after sitting out the 85-80 win over Argentina. Joseph finished with a team-high 6 assists and added his usual contribution on the glass with four rebounds.

Andrew Wiggins added 9 points and four rebounds including a one-hand spike dunk down the lane in the third-quarter. Brady Heslip buried three triples on his way to 6-of-12 shooting to help Canada shoot a healthy 27-59 (46%) and 9-of-20 (45%) from the outside. Andrew Nicholson pulled down a game-high 8 rebounds for Canada who finished with a +19 margin on the boards 43-24.

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Through two games Canada has out-rebounded both Argentina and Brazil by a combined 89-58 a stat that should continue to be in Canada’s favor despite not having access to Tristan Thompson, a top 10 rebounder in the NBA and arguably the best offensive rebounder in the World.

Canada’s defense also looked sharper, limiting Brazil to just 11 points in the opening quarter and just 4-of-17 (24%) from three-pointers.

In a battle for the last remaining roster spot both CIS Basketball products and Carleton Ravens standouts Aaron Doornekamp and Philip Scrubb once again held their own against top International competition. Doornekamp now in his fifth season with National program added 7 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists of the bench. Scrubb may have solidified his name on the FIBA Americas roster with his second straight double-digit game finishing with 10 points and 2 assists on 4-of-5 shooting.

Canada (2-0) will face a tough and physical Dominican Republic (1-1) in their next game as they look to continue their perfect start at the 2015 Tuto Marchand Cup.

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Young Canadian squad shapes FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

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Xavier Rathan Mayes Canada Vs Argentina

For the past twenty-plus (20) years starving Canadian basketball fans across the country have asked for more International sanctioned games on home soil.

Finally, it looks like those requests are materializing.

With the upcoming kick-off to the newly formatted road to the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the 2019 Americas Qualifiers taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia will satisfy and quench the thirst of long-time East coast supporters of the National game.

A young, 25th-ranked Canadian squad will take on 59th ranked Bahamas, in a important Group D qualify game at the Scotiabank Centre.

Led by former number one pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, Anthony Bennett (Northern Arizona, G-League), the roster features a strong young crop of former Usports All-Canadians and NCAA Division I standouts. Additionally, a further testimony to the growth of Canadian University Basketball, Ryerson Rams head coach Roy Rana, headlines the coaching staff alongside Carleton Ravens coach Dave Smart.

Point guard duties will be handled by Olivier Hanlan, Phil Scrubb and Kaza Kajami-Keane. The latter two having won multiple Usports basketball championships under the tutelage of Smart. Three-point specialist Brady Heslip and along side confident Xavier Rathan-Mayes will look to fill it up for the outside. The front court will anchored by 6’8″ Anthony Bennett, Thomas Scrubb, (another Ravens All-Canadian) and former Acadia Axemen 6’10” Owen Klassen (Kingston, ON).

Overall the roster looks solid, given the lack of availability of Canada’s top talent due to changes in the qualifying format, and the NBA’s willingness to move aside and grant FIBA the release of its players, regardless of nationality for the World Cup qualifying periods.

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Placed in Group D alongside Virgin Islands, Bahamas and Dominican Republic. The young Canadians will play a home and away series against each team. After the Bahamas game, Canada will fly out to the Dominican Republic for a stern road test on November 28, 2017 to wrap up the opening qualifying window.  The second qualifier will take in late February with Canada once again hitting the road for games against the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. The third qualifying window will see Canada host two more games on home soil on June 29 and July 2, 2018.

Canada is coming off a mediocre performance at the FIBA Americup dropping games to Virgin Islands 83-71, Argentina 92-86 with its only win against a tough Venezuela 75-66 team that denied the Canadians an Olympics appearance in Rio 2016.

Joel Anthony

Centre

6’9″

Montreal, QC Free Agent
Anthony Bennett

Forward

6’8″

Toronto, ON Northern Arizona Suns (G-League)
Grandy Glaze

Centre

6’7″

Toronto, ON St. John’s Edge (NBL Canada)
Olivier Hanlan

Guard

6’4″

Aylmer, QC Austin Spurs (G-League)
Brady Heslip

Guard

6’2″

Burlington, ON Trabzonspor (Turkey)
Kaza Kajami-Keane

Guard

6’1″

Ajax, ON Raptors 905 (G-League)
Owen Klassen

Centre

6’10”

Kingston, ON PAOK (Greece)
Dyshawn Pierre

Forward

6’6″

Whitby, ON Banco di Srd (Italy)
Xavier Rathan-Mayes

Guard

6’4″

Scarborough, ON Westchester Knicks (G-League)
Phil Scrubb

Guard

6’3″

Richmond, B.C. Fraport SKY (Germany)
Thomas Scrubb

Forward

6’6″

Richmond, B.C. Scandone AV (Italy)
Marc Trasolini

Centre

6’9″

Vancouver, B.C. Hokkaido L. (Japan)
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Canadian Rowan Barrett Jr. Insane 38 points versus USA

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Canadian Rowan Barrett Jr. 38 Points Versus USA

Canadian Guard Rowan Barrett Jr. goes off for an insane 38 points versus USA at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo Egypt. Canada stunned the USA 99-87 to advance to Gold Medal game.

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Angola’s Silvio de Sousa beastly 27 points, 21 rebounds against Korea

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Angola Silvio Sousa Dominates Korea 2017 FIBA U 19 World Cup
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Angola’s 18-year old Silvio de Sousa (6’9″, 240lbs) power forward is one of the rising stars of Angolan and African Basketball.

In his last FIBA U19 game in Cairo, De Sousa beasted Korea with 27 points and 21 rebounds as Angola closed-out the 2017 World Cup with a 55-53 win.

De Sousa, a bruising forward is the best polished Angolan Basketball player ever at this age and averaged a double-double at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup in Egypt, Cairo with 17.3 points per game (3rd), 13.1 rebounds (1st), 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals.

The 2018 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida) four star recruit holds NCAA Basketball Division I offers from Florida, Louisville, Maryland, LSU and many others and currently represents Angola’s best chance at a future first round and potential NBA pick.

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