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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!’

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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. Finally Kardinal made it clear as to whom 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 EVERYONE 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.

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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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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