Toronto, ON – (BasketballBuzz) – Canada’s Junior Men’s National team took centre stage at Ryerson University’s Kerr Hall for the 2nd Annual Red & White game.
South Carolina Gamecocks commit Duane Notice (Woodridge,ON) put on a show with a game-high 16 points and team-high 8 rebounds to push Team White to a comfortable 71-55 victory over Team Red.
In a game that featured the top Canadian Basketball prospects at the U19 level, Notice displayed his high level of maturity and play by shooting an efficient 6-of-12 from the floor, a perfect 3-for-3 from the line, while adding a three-pointer in the process and three assists.
Team White started off slow but took a 16-15 lead thanks to Notice’s buzzer beater to end the quarter and from there they extended the lead to 42-30 at half-time.
Colorado State Rams second-year man Joe De Ciman (Regina, SK) also played a strong game, finishing with 12 points, 5 rebounds and two-three pointers.
Team Red was paced by Trey Lyles (Saskatoon, SK) the 2014 uncommitted forward was easily the most polished and complete player on the floor finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds on 6-of-13 shooting.
Xavier-Rathan Mayes (11 points, 5 rebounds) and Kaza Keane (6 points, 5 assists) (Illinois Redbirds) also played well for Team Red and both will play integral roles for the Canadians as they move forward.
Canada looks to be extremely deep despite the absence of Andrew Wiggins and has enough pieces to make a deep run and could potentially challenge for medal, with a stable backcourt that will feature Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis (6 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds) tons of firepower on the wing and upfront.
The game was a great opportunity to evaluate some the top prospects and gave Head Coach Roy Rana and its staff a glimpse of the tough choices they will have to make as they trim the roster down to the final 12 who will compete for a World championship.
Training camp continues at Ryerson University as the Canadians now prepare for two more exhibition games against the always tough Brazilians and the United States before opening up the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships against Spain on July 27.
Canada knocks off Sweden qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Canada’s women’s national basketball team is headed for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Team Canada picked-up it’s second victory of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, defeating Team Sweden 80-50 to earn their third straight trip to the summer games.
Natalie Achonwa nearly perfect 16 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists performance anchored a dominate Canadian offensive attack that featured four players in double-figures. The Indiana Fever power forward knocked-down 8-of-9 field goals in just 17 minutes.
Shaina Pellington was outstanding with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists. Kia Nurse, Canada’s other WNBA player finished with 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and Miranda Ayim added with 10 points and 3 rebounds.
All players contributed to win — logging at least five minutes and recording a stat on the scoresheet. 18 year old Laeticia Amihere made her official senior team debut — scoring 8 quick points in games’ final 8 minutes.
The victory will send Canada to their six (7) Olympic games. Team Canada also qualified in 1976, 1984 1996, 2000, 2012, 2016 — earning a country best fourth-place finish at the 1984 Olympiad in Los Angeles, California.
Canada becomes the sixth (6) team to qualify for the games — eight (8) gold medalist, United States, China, France, Nigeria and tournament hosts Japan have also earned there spot. Six more teams will make-up the 12-team showcase. The 2020 games will run from July 24 – August 09.
Canada beats Belgium now one win away from Tokyo 2020
Canada’s senior women’s national team kicked-off the 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifiers with a hard fought 61-56 over tournament hosts Belgium.
Needing only two victories to earn a spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games — the Canadians came out swinging against 2019 WNBA Finals MVP Emma Meeseeman
Canada, ranked no. 4 in the latest FIBA World rankings trailed for less then two (2) minutes before taking control of game mid-away through the second-quarter — pulling ahead for game-high 16-point lead at 30-14 in the late stages of the first-half. Behind a terrific and supportive home crowd, combined with sloppy last 1:48 minute by Canada allowed the Belgium team to close the half on 9-0 run — trimming the Canadian lead to 30-23 at half-time.
Kia Nurse scored a game-high 19 points, dished out 3 assists and captured 3 steals. Kayla Alexander had an outstanding game, banging inside for 12 points and 3 rebounds. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe also contributed with 7 points, 6 rebounds and Shaina Pellinton came-off the bench — adding 7 points and 4 rebounds. Natalie Achonwa was effective on both ends of the court providing a spark with 6 points and 3 rebounds.
Canada outscored Belgium 26-8 in the paint and showcased it’s depth, scoring 24 points off the bench.
Belgium was paced by Emma Meeseeman’s team-high 14 points, 6 rebounds. Kim Mestdagh put in an all-around effort with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
Canada (1-0) will take on a Sweden (0-1) in their upcoming game for an opportunity to qualify for their third straight Summer Olympic games.