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Canada’s U16 Team loses heartbreaking OT semi-final to Argentina at 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championships

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Maldonado, Argentina – (BasketballBuzz) – Canada’s Cadet Men’s National Team (CMNT) fought hard but couldn’t contain a much physical and stronger Argentina team and dropped a heartbreaking 65-64 overtime semi-final decision at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championships.

Jamal Murray did all he could to try and put the Canadians in the Gold medal game with a game-high 27 points (11 in the third-quarter) and six rebounds.

No other Canadian reached double-figures as Eddie Okiyor (Ottawa, ON) nearly missed a double-double before fouling out in overtime with 9 points,eight rebounds and three blocks.

Justin Jackson was the top rebounder for the Canadians with 10 to go along with 6 points.

The always tough Argentinians jumped all-over the Canadians by opening the game on 9-0 run and led 18-10 after one-quarter and 35-23 by half-time.

The Canadians turn it up a notch in the second-half by outscoring their South American counter-parts 15-10 in the 3rd quarter and 18-11 in the final quarter to force overtime.

Argentina scored the first five points of the extra session and held on to the one point victory as Nolan Narian’s desperation baseline three-pointer came up short at the buzzer, ending Canada’s hopes of reach the Gold Medal game.

Christian Boudet’s double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds paced Argentina who also got 13 points from Lucio Delfino.

Canada shot a miserable 12-22, 55% from the free-throw line, while Argentina was even worse shooting 10-24 for 42%. The battle on the glass went to Team Argentina 46-39.

Argentina (4-1) will now advance to face the USA (5-0) in the Gold Medal game. While Canada (3-1) will play Puerto Rico (3-2)in the 3rd place game.

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The Canadians opened up the tournament with being defeating the Republicans 76-63 in a hard fought game.

A bronze medal would be considered a great achievement by these young men, however Canada has to be disappointment by lost specially, since most expected a USA/Canada Final.

The results at the U16 level are usually a good barometer of the where a countries development lies. For Argentina, its still clear that the golden generation of Manu Ginobli, Luis Scola etc may have left but its also evident that the this new generation has bright future ahead of them.

Canada also qualified for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships by finishing in the Top four of the Annual Americas competition.

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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.

“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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Canada draws Group of Death 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup

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Cory Joseph Canada Basketball Draws Group Of Death 2019 Fiba World Cup

Canada’s path to a 2019 FIBA basketball World Cup medal and hopes of a 2020 Olympic berth took a serious blow prior to the start of the games as No. 23 Team Canada was drawn into the group of death — alongside global powerhouses No. 6 Lithuania, No. 11 Australia, and No. 37 Senegal.

2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Groups

2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Groups

For Canada to have a shot at getting to the podium they will have to finish in the top two spots of Group H to advance to second round of the tournament — where the top 16 teams will be split into four new groups (Groups I, J, K, L). If it reaches that stage Team Canada will once again have to finish in the top two to advance to the quarter-finals.

Canada’s road to the 2020 Tokyo summer Olympics is a complex and tough process — given FIBA’s decision to make the World Cup apart of the qualification process. Seven spots are currently up for grabs at FIBA’s flagship event and with hosts Japan earning an automatic entry the room for error is minuscule.

To reach the Olympics, Canada will have to finish as one of the top two teams from the seven team America’s region that features the world’s number one squad in the United States of America alongside traditional mainstays Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Venezula and Puerto Rico.

If Canada is unable to secure a spot as one of the two top America’s region teams, they will hope to be amongst the top 16 teams at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup where they will be granted automatic qualification to a last chance tournament taking place next summer at a yet to be determined locations. If unable to finish in the top 16, Canada’s last hope would be one of the last eight countries that FIBA would invite for one of the last-chance qualifier tournaments.

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Therefore, if Canada has any hopes of qualifying for the 12-team 2020 Summer Olympics via the World Cup they will need to advance from Group H one as top two teams, failure to advance in the premilinary round will automatically put Canada’s hopes at the mercy FIBA via the invitation tournament only.

Should Canada reach the second-round they will be placed in the newly formed Group L, alongside Group G winner and runner-up — potentially setting up another group of death with No. 3 France, No. 11 Germany, No. 11 Australia or No. 6 Lithuania.

To make matters worse for the Canadians, they have been pooled on the same half of the draw as the United States — which would mean a potential quarter-finals match-up between the two neighbouring nations, if Canada can somehow get there.

If the Canadians can reach the quarter-finals there is a good chance they alongside the USA would be last two standing Americas teams — thus earning automatic berth to Tokyo 2020.

As evident, by the World Cup draw and given FIBA’s recent changes it’s clearly going to be a tough road for the Canadians to fullfill their 2020 vision of becoming a global basketball powerhouse.

Canada opens up the World Cup against Australia on Saturday August 31st and will take on Lithuania on two days rest on Monday September 2nd beforing concluding Group H action against Senegal on Wednesday September 4th, 2019. All of Canada’s preliminary round games will be played in Dongguan, China

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