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Hot shooting Venezuela cools down Canada at 2014 FIBA World Qualifier cools down Canada at 2014 FIBA World Qualifier

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Caracas, Venezuela – (BasketballBuzz) – Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson sparked a late 13-0 run that fell just short as a hot shooting Venezuela hung on to defeat Canada 64-59 at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championships.

Canada trailing by a game-high 14 points in the late stages and struggling to find points, the Canadian defense locked in by holding the host scoreless for over a key five minute stretched and cut the lead to 60-59 with 1:48 left to go. However, Venezuelan shooting guard David Cubillan broke the Canadian run by burying his fourth three-pointer of the contest to put Venezuela up 63-59 with 1:36 remaining to give them a slim five point victory.

Cubullian went 4-for-4 from the outside as Venezuela shot 10-of-22 (48%) from the floor, while Canada could only connect on 4-of-25 (16%) shots after torching Mexico on 16-of-28 three pointers the previous game.

Cory Joseph (Pickering, Ont.) paced Canada with 14 points and four rebounds while long time teammate Tristan Thompson (Brampton, Ont.) pulled a down a tournament high 20 rebounds and added 12 points. Former Carleton Raven Aaron Doornekamp (6 points, 10 rebounds) also helped Canada edged Venezuela 40-24 on the rebounding battle.

Venezuela grabbed control of defensive opening 10 minutes after Andrew Nicholson was whistled for a technical foul giving him three personals in the quarter, and Venezuela went ahead 16-14 after one quarter.

Without Nicholson on the floor Canada struggled to score and Venezuela continued to knocked down outside shots and pulled ahead 35-26 at half-time.

Venezuela controlled the opening and closing stages of the third-quarter by getting to the line and making their free-throws, and late run put them up 49-40 at the start of the fourth and final quarter. Venezuela gain took advantage of Canada’s slow start and jumped ahead 60-46 with 6:40 to play as the Canadians mounted their spirited comeback that came just short.

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Canada (3-2) will now take on the Dominican Republic (3-2) in a key game as it attempts to finish in the Top four and qualify for the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Madrid, Spain.

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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, QCFree Agent
Anthony Bennett

Forward

6’8″

Toronto, ONNorthern Arizona Suns (G-League)
Grandy Glaze

Centre

6’7″

Toronto, ONSt. John’s Edge (NBL Canada)
Olivier Hanlan

Guard

6’4″

Aylmer, QCAustin Spurs (G-League)
Brady Heslip

Guard

6’2″

Burlington, ONTrabzonspor (Turkey)
Kaza Kajami-Keane

Guard

6’1″

Ajax, ONRaptors 905 (G-League)
Owen Klassen

Centre

6’10”

Kingston, ONPAOK (Greece)
Dyshawn Pierre

Forward

6’6″

Whitby, ONBanco di Srd (Italy)
Xavier Rathan-Mayes

Guard

6’4″

Scarborough, ONWestchester 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. 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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Angola’s Silvio de Sousa beastly 27 points, 21 rebounds against Korea

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Angola Silvio Sousa Dominates Korea 2017 FIBA U 19 World Cup
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Angola’s 18-year old Silvio de Sousa (6’9″, 240lbs) power forward is one of the rising stars of Angolan and African Basketball.

In his last FIBA U19 game in Cairo, De Sousa beasted Korea with 27 points and 21 rebounds as Angola closed-out the 2017 World Cup with a 55-53 win.

De Sousa, a bruising forward is the best polished Angolan Basketball player ever at this age and averaged a double-double at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup in Egypt, Cairo with 17.3 points per game (3rd), 13.1 rebounds (1st), 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals.

The 2018 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida) four star recruit holds NCAA Basketball Division I offers from Florida, Louisville, Maryland, LSU and many others and currently represents Angola’s best chance at a future first round and potential NBA pick.

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