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Canada routs 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 routs 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.

Abu Kigab Double Double Vs Angola FIBAU19

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.

Team Canada Danillo Djuricic Vs Angola

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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España FIBA Campeon Del Mundo

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España FIBA Campeon Del Mundo
Scream if you want to go for Gold in Tokyo...

When Spain won the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa almost a decade ago this writer was in London seeing a friend from Seoul, South Korea. From Oxford Circus to the fountain tops of Piccadilly Circus there looked like a million Spanish people lining the streets that all lived here in the Big Smoke (F### Brexit! Multicultural is beautiful). And despite the honking horns and raised glasses it was the most peaceful, beautiful sports celebration I have ever seen. No hostility, just community. A Spanish man fell to his knees in front of me like he’d just scored and grabbed my hand with both of his in prayer. The most beautiful Spanish woman I’ve ever seen in her nations strip and scarf walked past me whilst trailing her fingertips across my arm and asked me flirtatiously whilst giggling, “who won the World Cup!”

YOU!

Just an old memory to reminisce as we begin.

No Muleta could ever stop this raging red Spanish bull.

Ever since way before Kobe and Pau went from teammates to rivals every Summer, Spain have been one of the biggest nations in Basketball and certainly the most complete team. And now even without the older Spanish G.O.A.T. Gasol watching at home in his uniform and with Team USA given freedom by the bronze placed France, Spain proved once again that they aren’t only the most consistent and best team in Europe…but the greatest in the whole wide world.

Right now and forever more on the way to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

This FIBA tournament has been something else in its self. And if this writer wasn’t about to start his own road to Japan he would have been able to enjoy it even more. But shout out to editor Edilson Silva’s wrists for keeping us in touch with the tournament on Twitter.

Even without the power of Pau, or many big names in the legendary legacy of the last decade of the Spanish side (no Sergio Rodríguez, Juan Carlos Navarro, Nikola Mirotic, or Serge Ibaka), the Spanish team still ruled like soccer or their basketball brother team Barcelona. As legends like Rudy Fernandez, Ricky Rubio and of course Marc Gasol cut South America’s Argentina down to 20 point blowout, 95-75 size like Luis Scola’s trademark hair (but what a run of play for a member of the team of the tournament).

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Spain 2019 Fiba World Cup Champions
Spain Basketball 2019 FIBA World Cup Champions – Photo: FIBA

Marc made his mark as the second player in history to be an NBA Champion and a FIBA World Cup one in the same year, although unfortunately fellow Toronto Raptor Ibaka couldn’t join him. But what a Summer for the first player to do this since the Lakers Lamar Odom almost a decade back in 2010. Only a year after Marc Gasol’s draft rights were traded by the purple and gold for brother Pau.

“The rest of the world have been caught up for quite some time”, like Kobe Bryant said. “The days of the ’92 Barcelona Dream Team are gone”.

Now that’s as true as the U.S. coming in fourth place like half the States had a dance recital.

Congratulations to the real Dream Team…yeah I said it.

Ricky Rubio had 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists and no one deserves it more.

Marc Gasol had 14 and 7 in both rebounds and assists.

Sergio Llull had 15.

Rudy Fernandez 11, 10 and 3.

And both Juancho and Willy Hernangomez both had 11 too.

Now what more can you possibly say like reacting to that practice pregame half court heave underarm…from behind the back like a Globetrotter?

What the?

Gabriel Deck led the way for Argentina with 24 whilst the likes of old rivals and friends Kobe Bryant and Tony Parker watched from courtside in a sold out arena in Beijing. Whilst Scola scored 8. Argentina were valiant in the final like they were the whole terrific tourney until they were slain by Spain.

Now expect Spain to control the Japanese Olympics in Tokyo next year like a matador.

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France Say Au Revoir To United States In FIBA World Cup

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France Say Au Revoir To United States In Fiba World Cup

Bonjour.

From ‘Dream’ to ‘Redeem’, call it what you will but last night in Dongguan, China was a nightmare for Team USA as the United States were sent packing from the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

And it was France who gave Greg Popovich team it’s last kiss last night…and Tony Parker was nowhere in sight, apart from some applause emojis on Twitter in celebration.

A year before the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and many teams (including the U.S. and Canada baby!) clinching their berths for the Japan games in this tournament, this tourney was more than just a precursor or appetizer for the main event to come in a calendars time. It was a competitive game of brackets for all or nothing in its own right. Not to mention a showcase of just how talented the world’s game is, their teams and the individual talents of players themselves. If you haven’t been tuning in like the media networks with no coverage you’re really missing out and the point like TP9. From Giannis Antetokounmpo showing just how much he gives his body up for club and country. And the Hustle of Memphis Grizzlies Japanese G-League regular Yuta Watanabe showing that when it comes to the Olympics next year it’s not just a Washington Wizards top pick who will be big for Japan. Call him up!

And then of course there’s former Parker backup and Spurs man Patty Mills clicking and lowing the boom with his ruling Aussies as his New Zealand neighbours do the Haka that could even put The Rock’s ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ fast and furious movie Samoan war dance in a hard place. But when it came to Popovich’s countrymen they just couldn’t pop against France as red white and blue beat the stars and stripes 89-79. Ending a 58 non exhibition game winning streak that Dream Teams have kept awake for longer than the wonderful women’s U.S. soccer team.

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If you ignorantly thought that Basketball had no borders outside America (and really? It’s 2019! Who does apart from Trump? Besides this is a Canadian site), then you really won’t now. France made a statement and those (Laker fans) who social media say that the Walker, Tatum, Brown and Smart Celtics couldn’t even beat France and Kyle Kuzma wouldn’t let this happen shouldn’t take this away from the nation who beat them, fair and block to dunk square.

And besides young to veteran superstars with exuberance and (Rio 2016) experience like Donovan Mitchell and Harrison Barnes respectively and respectfully couldn’t get it done either.

The U.S. played well and will be back to their best next year (but need to bring more big guns and names to the Olympic Games), but France just played better. Much better. From the stifling Eiffel Tower of Rudy Gobert with 21 points, 16 rebounds and 3 beautiful looking blocks from the view up there. Beautiful but brutal as Mitchell and Kemba Walker in the clutch can attest.

“We came here to win Gold,” Gobert told press postgame for a team who wants to lift more World Cups than their soccer counterpart. Between four point plays from Nicolas Batum and a team leading 22 from Evan Fournier on a 50 percent 4 for 8 from three from way back in Paris, this side didn’t even need Spurs like Parker or Boris Diaw. Especially when they had MVP and Knick, Frank Ntilikina. All that side needed was heart and they had it in abundance as France looked better than those Jumpman Paris St Germain black hoodies with Jordan in the A.

And anyone who wants to make this more about the U.S. needs to listen to Brooklyn Net and three point contest winner from downtown China Joe Harris, “We certainly didn’t deserve to win that game.”

Amen.

Let that or Au Revoir be the last word.

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