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France hands Canada tough opening lose at the 2014 FIBA World Championships

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France Stephon-Gombauld

Canada’s U17 Cadet Men’s basketball team came short with a tough 76-66 loss to Team France to kick off the 2014 FIBA World Championships for Men in Dubai.

The next generation of Canadian basketball players took to the court against an athletic Team France which jumped out to a 6-0 start on back-to-back dunks to open the game. Canada quickly regrouped by ripping off 17-2 run and 25-15 lead after the first-quarter of play. Canada forced 6 french turnovers and shot 7/12 (58%) in the first 10 minutes. Marquell Fraser and Eddie Ekiyor paced Canada with eight and six points respectively.

France turned up the pressure defensively and slowed down the tempo of the game by getting the ball inside, earning foul shots to cut Canada’s double-digit lead to 32-26 at the half-way point of the second-quarter but Canada’s Ekiyor (11 points first-half) continued to inside and Daniel Cummings (10-points) finished the first-quarter strong as Canada extended the lead to 42-30 at half-time.

Canada finished the first-half shooting 13/25 (52%) from the field while France shot 10/16 (62%) both teams struggled to find their touch from the outside with Canada connecting on only 2-of-8 tries (25%) and France 1-of-10 (10%). Team Canada also left plenty of points off the scoreboard by going a miserable 10/21 (47%) at the foul-line. Stephon Gombauld paced France with 11 points at half.

Team France continued to assert themselves inside and executed their half-court sets by dumping the ball down low to Goumbald who took over by scoring 10 points in the third-quarter. Canada was held to just 12 points in the quarter and late scoop lay-up inside by Kalif Young gave the Canadians a slim 54-52 lead as both teams headed to the fourth quarter.  France outscored Canada 22-12.

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The Goubauld show continued in the fourth-quarter as the young NBA prospect added another eight points to finish with a game high 28 points and 20 rebounds on 13/19 shooting. France found their shooting touch from the outside to hold the Canadians at bay taking a double digit (10) victory and dropping Canada to 0-1.

Ottawa’s Eddie Ekiyor topped with 14 points and 7 rebounds in the loss. Daniel Cummings provide instant offensive with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting off the bench, Marquell Fraser finished with 10 points and Howard Washington Jr showed his shooting touch by going 3-of-6 from behind the arc for 9 points and 4 rebounds.

Team France out scored Canada 44-24 in the second-half and out-rebounded Canada 44-35 leading to 38 points in the paint.

Canada (0-1) will look to rebound next game when it takes on Japan (0-1) who also dropped their opener to Australia 97-84 in group B action

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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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