Dubai – UAE – Canada’s U17 Cadet Men’s National Team (CMNT) picked up a crucial and much needed 74-69 victory over Australia to improve it’s record to 2-1 at the 2014 FIBA World championships.
Team Canada survived a big-time performance from Australia 6’11 big-men Issac Humphries who dominated Canada from start to finish putting up a game-high 41 points and 19 rebounds.
Humphries scored Australia’s first 16 points to give the Aussies an early 16-9 lead and continued his assault on the Canadian interior by shooting 16-of-23 from the floor, 9-of-11 from the free-throw line against the under-sized Canadian team that lost two key members (Justin Jackson & Nolan Narain) prior to the World Championships. Canada re-grouped with a 13-6 run to tie it up at 22-22 before a late three-pointer gave Australia a 25-22 advantage after one quarter of play.
The game came to a grinding halt and percentages dipped in the second quarter with both teams combining to score only 23 points. David DeAveiro troops moved ahead by outscoring their opponents 15-8 and a slim 37-33 lead at half-time.
From there Canada never trailed again withholding the Aussies inside presence on the defensive end and hitting timely shots off unselfish ball movement. Canada also pushed the slim lead forward by outscoring Australia 22-18 in the third-quarter and 26-23 in the final frame to earn a well deserve victory over a talent team.
Canada was led by Kitchener Ontario point guard Jamal Murray who scored 14 of his team-high 25 points in the fourth quarter. Murray shot 8-for-16 for the game and also added seven rebounds in the process. Back court mate Howard Washington Jr. provided the spark the Canadians needed to open a tight contest early in the third-quarter scoring seven points to finish 18 points and five rebounds. Canada’s starting back court combined for 43 points and 12 rebounds.
Eddie Ekiyor had the tough task of guarding Humphries and contributed a solid 9points and four rebounds. Marquell Fraser and Nikola Djogo added and points each with Fraser also pulling down six rebounds.
Canada shot at a 41/1% clip (30/73) and 9/24 from three-pointers. Australia was ice cold from downtown shooting 1/19 from the outside and 29/74 (39.2%) from the floor.
The Aussies pounded the Canadians on the glass with 54-39 advantage and 20 offensive rebounds, with Humphries responsible for 10 of those.
Canada’s coaching staff of David DeAveiro, Barnaby Craddock and Stephane Barrie and his young squad finish second in group B with a record of 2-1 and will take Angola (1-2) in the round of 16 game.
France topped Group B standings ahead of Canada and Australia who had identical records 2-1 records.
France Say Au Revoir To United States In FIBA World Cup
From ‘Dream’ to ‘Redeem’, call it what you will but last night in Dongguan, China was a nightmare for Team USA as the United States were sent packing from the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
And it was France who gave Greg Popovich team it’s last kiss last night…and Tony Parker was nowhere in sight, apart from some applause emojis on Twitter in celebration.
A year before the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and many teams (including the U.S. and Canada baby!) clinching their berths for the Japan games in this tournament, this tourney was more than just a precursor or appetizer for the main event to come in a calendars time. It was a competitive game of brackets for all or nothing in its own right. Not to mention a showcase of just how talented the world’s game is, their teams and the individual talents of players themselves. If you haven’t been tuning in like the media networks with no coverage you’re really missing out and the point like TP9. From Giannis Antetokounmpo showing just how much he gives his body up for club and country. And the Hustle of Memphis Grizzlies Japanese G-League regular Yuta Watanabe showing that when it comes to the Olympics next year it’s not just a Washington Wizards top pick who will be big for Japan. Call him up!
And then of course there’s former Parker backup and Spurs man Patty Mills clicking and lowing the boom with his ruling Aussies as his New Zealand neighbours do the Haka that could even put The Rock’s ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ fast and furious movie Samoan war dance in a hard place. But when it came to Popovich’s countrymen they just couldn’t pop against France as red white and blue beat the stars and stripes 89-79. Ending a 58 non exhibition game winning streak that Dream Teams have kept awake for longer than the wonderful women’s U.S. soccer team.
If you ignorantly thought that Basketball had no borders outside America (and really? It’s 2019! Who does apart from Trump? Besides this is a Canadian site), then you really won’t now. France made a statement and those (Laker fans) who social media say that the Walker, Tatum, Brown and Smart Celtics couldn’t even beat France and Kyle Kuzma wouldn’t let this happen shouldn’t take this away from the nation who beat them, fair and block to dunk square.
And besides young to veteran superstars with exuberance and (Rio 2016) experience like Donovan Mitchell and Harrison Barnes respectively and respectfully couldn’t get it done either.
The U.S. played well and will be back to their best next year (but need to bring more big guns and names to the Olympic Games), but France just played better. Much better. From the stifling Eiffel Tower of Rudy Gobert with 21 points, 16 rebounds and 3 beautiful looking blocks from the view up there. Beautiful but brutal as Mitchell and Kemba Walker in the clutch can attest.
“We came here to win Gold,” Gobert told press postgame for a team who wants to lift more World Cups than their soccer counterpart. Between four point plays from Nicolas Batum and a team leading 22 from Evan Fournier on a 50 percent 4 for 8 from three from way back in Paris, this side didn’t even need Spurs like Parker or Boris Diaw. Especially when they had MVP and Knick, Frank Ntilikina. All that side needed was heart and they had it in abundance as France looked better than those Jumpman Paris St Germain black hoodies with Jordan in the A.
And anyone who wants to make this more about the U.S. needs to listen to Brooklyn Net and three point contest winner from downtown China Joe Harris, “We certainly didn’t deserve to win that game.”
Let that or Au Revoir be the last word.
France upset USA end FIBA World Cup grip
There will be a new FIBA World Cup champion for the first-time in 9 years.
France ended the United States of America’s firm grip of FIBA World Cup championships with a huge 89-79 win over the two-time defending champions and five-time winners to advance to the semi-finals of the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
The USA’s last defeat came in the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup in Japan — dropping a 101-95 decision to Greece to claim third-place. The USA was attempting to become the first country to win the title three editions in a row dating back to 2010. Only Brazil and former European powerhouse Yugoslavia have double-dipped at the World Cup.
The victory is Les Blues first in four tries over the USA at a World Cup since the tournament began in 1950. France also earned a Silver medal at the 2000 Olympic games — narrowly losing to the USA, 85-75 — in their first championship game since the second Olympics games — also losing to the USA 65-21 at the 1948 Olympic games in London, England.
Both teams were unable to separate themselves in the much anticipated quarter-final match-up with the first-quarter finishing all knotted-up at 18-18.
France used a 7-0 run in the middle of the second-quarter to take a 36-29 lead with 3:13 to play in the opening half. Les Blues continued to make shots — keeping the USA at bay with 45-39 advantage at the break.
France stretched the lead to double-digits at 53-43 midway through the middle frame but Utah Jazz rising star Donovan Mitchell kept the USA within striking distance by scoring 14 of the defending champions 27 third-quarter points. Team USA limited France to just 18 points in 10 minutes retaking a slim 66-63 advantage.
The Americans continued to knock-down shots, pulling ahead 72-65 on a made field-goal from Kemba Walker – his first of the game with 8:11 remaining — forcing a french timeout.
France pounded the USA on the glass, winning the rebounding edge 44-28 with 13 offensive rebounds. Free-throws went to France with a calm 21-for-25 (84%) display. USA connected on 14-of-21 (66.7%) — missing all seven in the fourth-quarter on 4-of-11 shooting in the crucial last 10 minutes.
From there it was all France as they held the USA to just seven points in last seven minutes to pull-off the massive upset.
Rudy Gobert had monster double-double with 21 points, 16 rebounds, 3 blocks. The Utah Jazz center was aggressive throughout shooting 6-of-12 from the field and forced the USA front-line into foul problems with 9-of-10 free-throws. Orlando Magic combo guard Evan Fournier torched the Americans with 22 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds.
Euro-League stud Nando de Colo added 18 points, 2 rebounds and Frank Ntilikina 11 points, 3 assists was also instrumental in the historic french victory. Long time veteran Nicolas Batum joined in with 6 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists.
Mitchell played well and was the lone bright spot for a young and inexperienced USA team with 29 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists. Marcus Smart had a strong opening-half and finished with 11 points, 2 assists. Kemba Walker was held in check and limited to 10 points, 3 rebounds.
France (5-1) will play undefeated Argentina (6-0) in the first of two first-semi-finals in Beijing.
Australia (6-0) will face Spain (6-0) in the battle of undefeated teams for a spot in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Finals.
The USA (5-1) moves to the 5-8 classification round and will take on Serbia (5-1).
Both France and Spain have qualified for the 12-team 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games as the best two remaining European teams. They will be joined by the USA and Argentina as the two best FIBA Americas regional zone teams.
The rest of the field includes Australia, Nigeria, Iran and hosts Japan.
The final four remaining spots will be filled via four, last-minute six team Olympic qualifying tournaments set for June 2020.
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