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Canadian Women’s Basketball team steal the show at the Nike Crown League

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The fourth week of another anticipated fun Friday came with more excitement and cheer than the Nike Crown League has ever heard! The line-up to get in-to the gym at Ryerson’s University Kerr Gymnasium was full as always – The gym was loud and the fans were energetic right from the first tip-off.

Two-time NBA champion Joel Anthony played in the opener marking yet another NBA player who has participated in the Nike Crown Tournament; he brought nothing but toughness and hustle on both ends of the court as he finished with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. Unfortunately for Joel Anthony’s M.A.D.E it squad it was not enough; they came across another pro player in Brady Heslip who stole the show during the first game of the night! The former Baylor Bear has played his last few seasons in top professional leagues in Europe. He demonstrated his phenomenal skill-set as he erupted with a game-high of 28 points leading LoveTo to a 70-68 win. The game ended with a miss buzzer-beater that would give M.A.D.E the win had it gone in. This left fans in awe, knowing that they we’re in for another ‘Good Friday!’

Last Friday was indeed a ‘Good Friday’ for the city of Toronto, but an exceptional one if you came to the Nike Crown League. Fans we’re loud enough after the first game was over; but they got even louder a few minutes after the first game ended. Akil Augustine from Raptors TV informed the fans that there was a special surprise on the way. Fans were left confused up-until Toronto’s hip-hop legend Kardinal Offishall came out full-of-joy, preaching to the fans about how proud he is that everyone has gathered up together and that basketball is being showcased at a high level in the city of Toronto. Most were expecting Kardi “The Official Bacardi” Slanger to drop one oh his patent hype performances, however he surprised everyone by introducing a special group of Ladies. Leaving everyone shocked, and left thinking again who the other special guest might be.

Crown League Toronto Tip Off
Crown League Toronto Tip Off

Finally, Kardinal made it clear as to who was about to come out and introduced them. “We are going to pay them the proper respect and give them biggest stand-up as they go to Rio, they deserve it as they will be representing each and every one of you,” said Kardinal. Right after, The Canadian Women’s national basketball team came out with a Drum band, coaching staff and a BIG Canadian flag. This was a very special moment as the Nike Crown League fans got to celebrate history with the phenomenal women’s who will be representing not just a team, or city but the whole country in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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The Olympian women stuck around for the games after their celebration. However, they stole the show and attention from the other games remaining as all eyes went on them. They also stole practically every kid from their parents as almost every little kids were eager to sit beside them and take pictures. The Canadian Women’s stood there class-fully and took numerous pictures with everyone who asked and opened their sections to sit with everyone. Overall it was a remarkable Friday and the fans will not be forgetting that day anytime soon.

Kia Nurse Canadian Womens Basketball Team Steal Show Nike Crown League
Kia Nurse Canadian Womens Basketball Team Steal Show Nike Crown League

The growth in Canadian basketball seems to keep getting better and better! Buckle your seat belts Canadian basketball fans, the basketball scene in Toronto has been growing at a very fast paced this year with the All-Star weekend and the Raptors success. There is still much in store! The six teams, six weeks in the six will finally conclude in couple weeks to see who will be this year’s Nike Crown League champion. There is also the OVO bounce coming next weekend, the Jane & Finch Classic and the Phoenix Classic the weeks after. So basketball fans prepare to conclude summer with the finest basketball tournaments the city has to offer. Despite the chances of seeing another heartfelt celebration like the one on Friday for the Canadian Women’s National basketball team being slim. It does not mean the gyms won’t continue be loud , it is for sure  that fans will still be jumping out their seats for the rest of the summer basketball showdown. Plus the whole country will all cheer & celebrate the Canadian Women’s national basketball team success together!

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Record 17 Canadian NBA players invited to 2019 FIBA World Cup Training Camp

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Cory Joseph Leads Canada Basketball 2016 Olympic Qualifying Roster

Canada Basketball has released it’s highly anticipated 2019 FIBA World Cup training camp roster.

Loaded with 29 high-skilled Canadians — 17 currently under NBA contracts, the roster is Canada’s best-assembled talent of all-time and represents the country’s best shot at reaching the podium at the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup in China — and potentially earning a return trip to the 2020 Olympics games in Tokyo.

Tough decisions will need to be made by recently announced head coach Nick Nurse who will have the difficult task of cutting multiple NBA players for the first time in order to finalize the final 12-man roster that is expected to be committed to the goal from training camp through the World Cup.

2019 SMNT Training Camp Roster

Top Canadian Basketball players not invited

Record 17 Canadian NBA players invited to 2019 FIBA World Cup Training Camp
Andrew Wiggins absent from FIBA 2019 World Cup

Other Canadian NBA players under contract but absent from the list included Andrew Wiggins (Twolves), Anthony Bennett (Houston Rockets), Kyle Alexander (Miami Heat) and Knicks rookie Ignas Brazdeikis — a dual-citizen that is expected to opt to play for Lithuania. Other former NBA players omitted from the list include Andrew Nicholson, a 2012 draft-pick, 19th overall selection of the Orlando Magic and Olivier Hanlan a former 2015 second-round pick of the San Antonio Spurs.

Canada will kick-off a short 3-day training camp from August 4-6 at the OVO Athletic Centre in Toronto before embarking on a loaded exhibition schedule that features two games on home soil against Nigeria and a final marquee-matchup against the USA on August 26th.

2019 Canadian Senior Men’s National Team Schedule

DateTime/TeamTimeLocation
August 4-6 Training Camp OVO Athletic Centre – Toronto, ON
August 7 Canada vs. Nigeria (Exhibition) 7:00 PM Mattamy Athletic Centre – Toronto, ON
August 9 Canada vs. Nigeria (Exhibition) 8:00 PM Bell MTS Place – 
Winnipeg, MB
August 16 Canada vs. Australia (Exhibition) 5:30 AM RAC Arena – 
Perth, Australia
August 17 Canada vs. Australia (Exhibition) 5:30 AM RAC Arena – 
Perth, Australia
August 20 Canada vs. New Zealand (Exhibition) 5:30 AM Quaycentre – 
Sydney, Australia
August 21 Canada vs. New Zealand (Exhibition 5:30 AM Quaycentre – 
Sydney, Australia
August 26 Canada vs. USA (Exhibition) 5:30 AM Qudos Bank Arena – Sydney, Australia
September 1 Canada vs. Australia
3:30 AM
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019
China
September 3 Canada vs. Lithuania 7:30 AM FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019
China
September 5 Canada vs. Senegal 3:30 AM FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019
China

Major time zone difference

Outside of the two home games against Nigeria, Canadian basketball fans should brace themselves and get ready for early morning basketball depending on which coast you reside in. Sydney, Perth, Australia and China are a whopping 14, 12 and 12 hours ahead of Canadian eastern time zone – meaning early morning Tim Hortons to support the national pride.

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USA ends Mali’s historic run win 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup Gold Medal

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Usa Ends Malis Historic Run Win Record 7th Fiba U19 World Cup Gold Medal

The United States of America are back on top of the FIBA U19 World Cup.

Two years after finishing a record low, third-place in Cairo Egypt — the Americans defeated and ended rising African champion’s historic basketball run with a 93-79 victory over Mali to claim the 2019 U19 World Cup in Heraklion, Greece.

The USA fought off a hot and confident Mali squad playing in their first ever FIBA World Cup finals to win their record seventh FIBA U19 gold medal.

Champions Usa Ends Malis Historic Run Win Record 7th Fiba U19 World Cup Gold Medal
USA 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup Champions – Photo: FIBA

Mali got off to an outstanding start on the strength of Hassan Drame’s 9 points, as Mali ripped off a 11-0 run and took a early 11-3 lead with 6:58 to play. The USA pounded Mali on the offensive glass pulling down 13 offensive rebounds on their way to out-rebounding the African side 19-12 in the quarter to quickly close the gap as Mali led 22-20 lead after 10 minutes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CHR64fDqmw

The USA went to a 3-2 zone early in the second-quarter and slowly grinded Mali out with tight defense and relentless offensive rebounding to finally take a 37-36 lead, their first since leading 3-0. A late three-pointer, the USA first of the half, put the Americans ahead for good at with a 42-40 at half-time.

Scott Barnes Jr Flexing Usa Ends Malis Historic Run Win 2019 Fiba U19 World Cup Gold Medal
USA Scott Barnes Jr flexing against Mali at 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup Gold Medal game -Photo: FIBA

The USA opened the third-quarter with a 14-0 run, holding Mali scoreless for the first 3:00 minutes of the second-half and forcing Mali head coach Alhadji Dicko to call a time-out to restore orders as the lead swell to double-digits at 54-40.

Mali showed their resiliency and pride, fighting until the final whistle to close a game-high 20 point lead to single digits at 84-77 — on a made pull-up three pointer by Martin Diakite with 4:11 to go. The USA clamped down, allowing Mali just two points the rest of the way for the 14 win.

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Cade Cunningham Usa Ends Malis Historic Run Win Record 7th Fiba U19 World Cup Gold Medal
Cade Cunningham throws down a major dunk over Oumar Balla – Photo: FIBA

Undeclared point guard Cade Cunningham paced a loaded USA offense with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and had several highlight reel dunks. The 6’7″ Montverde Academy standout holds offers from Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Virginia and a long-list of major suitors. Jalen Suggs added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Scott Barnes Jr. finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds and tournament MVP Reginald Perry also finished in double figures with 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

Mail had four players in double-figures led by continuous all-around talent of Hassan Drame with 17 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists. Karim Coulibaly (Pittsburgh Panthers) showed a nice soft touch around the rim with 17 points and 3 blocks. Gonzaga commit Oumar Ballo came-up short of fourth straight double-double and finished with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Ballo, a sure-shot NBA prospect showcased multiple Point guard Siriman Kanoute capped off a stellar tournament with 16 points , 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

2019 Fiba U19 World Cup All Stars
2019 FIBA U19 World Cup All Stars – Photo: FIBA

2019 FIBA U19 MVP & All-Stars

Joel Ayiyi – France
Oumar Ballo – Mali
Tyrese Haliburton – USA
Siriman Kanoute – Mali
Reginald Perry – USA

The USA had previously beaten Mali twice at the 2017 World Cup — 117-69 and 118-56, a 55-point margin of victory.

2019 FIBA U19 Final Standings

StandingsTeamRecord
1USA 7-0
2Mali 5-2
3France 5-2
4Lithuania 4-3
5Russia5-2
6Puerto Rico 2-5
7Serbia5-2
8Canada3-4
9Australia 5-2
10Greece3-4
11Argentina 5-2
12Latvia 1-6
13New Zealand 4-3
14Philippines 1-6
15Senegal 1-6
16China 1-6

Boxscore USA vs. Senegal

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