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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.

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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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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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