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Canada routes Angola 87-65 advances to QF at 2017 FIBA U19 Championships

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Canada Abu Kigab Vs Angola FIBA U19 Championships
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Canada’s U19 National Team hopes of a World Championship medal are alive and well at the 2017 FIBA U19 Championships in Egypt, Cairo. Canada used a big second-half to route Angola 87-65 and advance to the last eight quarter-final round.

The Canadians opened-up the game with their best scoring quarter of the tournament, knocking down seven three-pointers in the opening ten minutes and grabbed a 30-23 lead thanks to the hot shooting Danillo Djuricic’s 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the outside.

Canada shot 7-of-13 (53%) from downtown and 9/18 (50%) from the floor in the quarter.

Angola, the 2017 African Champions found their groove in the second-quarter dominating the Canadians on both ends of the floor. Canada was forced to drop into a 3-2 zone as and outscored Canada 19-12, briefly holding a four-point lead – their largest of the game before a late three-pointer by Abu Kigab tied it at 42-42 at half-time.

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Canada’s Abu Kigab 16 points and 17 rebounds versus Angola at 2017 FIBA U19 World Championships – Photo: FIBA

Veteran Canadian Head Coach Roy Rana dialed-up a full-court press to start the third-quarter, combined by Angola’s poor shot selection, Canada scored three straight buckets, two in the paint by Prince Oduro (9 points, 5 rebounds) to pull ahead 48-42 as Angola struggled to find their shot. After mustering only two points in the first-half Nova’s Scotia’s Lindell Wigginton started to attack the basket and helped Canada push the lead back-up to nine points at 54-45 forcing the African champs to call a time out.

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Canada’s defense held Angola to just three-points with 2:09 to play in the quarter before five quick points by Angola closed the gap at 64-50 with one quarter remaining. The route continued in the final frame with Canada limiting Angola to 15 points for a total of just 23 second-half points compared to 45 by the Canada.

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Team Canada Danillo Djuricic Vs Angola – Photo: FIBA

Djuricic paced Canada with 22 points and three rebounds, Abu Kigab (6’6″/198lbs/St. Catherines, ON) racked-up an impressive international double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds on 4-of-6 triples.  Canada’s backcourt duo of Rowan Barrett Jr. (18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists) and Lindell Wigginton added 13 points, 9 rebounds and six assists.

Angola’s Silvio Sousa, a future rising star for his country with NBA potential finished with 18 points and nine rebounds including three rim rocking dunks. Prior to this game Canada and Angola had only faced each other on two previous occasions, back at the 1983 World Championships in Spain (Angola 84 – Canada 61) and the 1991 world championships with Canada winning 91-65 on home soil in Edmonton, Alberta.

Canada finished fifth at the 2015 U19 Championships in Greece with a roster that featured Dillon Brooks (Memphis Grizzlies/NBA), Justin Jackson (Maryland Terrapins/NCAA).

Canada (3-1) will now face the winner of France versus Puerto Rico in the Quarter-Finals on Friday July 7th.

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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 and improves the Canadians to 2-1 in Group D of the Americas World Cup qualifiers. Up next for the Canadians is a tough road test against the Bahamas.

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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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