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Jamal Murray & Howard Washington Jr. carry Canada past Australia at 2014 FIBA U17 World’s

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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.

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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.

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Canada Look To Take Gold In The Gold Coast Commenwealth After Buzzer Beating New Zealand

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“Hotter than July” like a Stevie album may be the forever forecast in the Gold Coast of Australia right now, but after icing the semi-finals of the 2018 Commenwealth Games like birthday cakes, Canada look to bring a cold front down under. So we hope you brought your big coats from earlier this years Pyeonchang Winter Olympics. Because you’ll need them. Its time to zip and wrap it all up.

Beating the Aussie neighbouring New Zealand 88-86 at the buzzer last night, even the fear striking pre-game ritual of the haka in all it’s glory couldn’t stop the Canucks (like the hack-a-Shaq on them rare nights when the diesel was all fuelled up from the free-throw line). Because Mamadou Gueye had the sauce and the dressing, as he threw up the prayer off the glass and the basketball Gods banked an answer. His shot may have looked like one of 10 year veteran turned Laker, Andre Ingram, but it was the right pitch and strike like ‘Dre throwing the first one at Dodger Stadium the same night last. No foul ball or referee call. Far flung like a hot potato with seconds to spare in the games oven. Despite throwing it over the coat cloaked defender from way behind the line with his outstetched and contured body looking like Gueye was kick hip-checked, it was all cash off the glass as he stunted the Tall Blacks for a whole continent declaring, “We The North” like the 6.

It hasn’t been this nasty since Nash saw red maple and white, flying the flag. Captain Canada we salute you!

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Making up for the Canadian womens national team, semi-final upset to number 21 world ranked Great Britain, 65-53 behind 20 from G.B.’s Rachael Vanderwal. Canada overcame a NZ off the ropes rally from 21 down and brought the knockout punch in a game that could have all gone due south like that dog Diefenbaker against the Kiwis. Now all that stands in the way of gold in the Gold Coast is host nation Australia, who sucker-beat previously unbeaten Scotland (who now take on New Jealand for the bronze podium position) 103-46, behind 17 from star Jesse Wagstaff. Not to mention the country who thrased Canada by 40 points in the pools. No shallow feat staring in the upset waters of what could be defeat.

But revenge is always a dish best served cold. No matter how long the games been on the grill.

Time to lower the boom.

Here it comes…

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Three-point barrage helps Canada route Bahamas 113-67 FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

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Brady Heslip Three Pointer Canada Routes Bahamas FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

Team Canada picked up a convincing 113-67 win over Bahamas to improve to 3-1 in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers zone. Behind a three-point barrage and unselfish play the Canadians reached the century mark for the second straight game and secured a berth in the second-round of the qualifying tournament.

Brady Heslip once again led Canada in the scoring column with a game-high 19 points, on 5-of-9 shooting from the outside in just 24 minutes. The Burlington, Ontario native drilled three triples in the opening quarter to help ignite the Canadian offense that saw a total of six players hitting double figures all Canadians scoring at least 3 points. Melvin Ejim added 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists, Thomas Scrubb continued to show his versatility with 10 points, 7 rebounds and a game-high 6 assists while Kyle Landry contributed well with 14 points and 8 rebounds.

Melvin Ejim Three Point Barrage Helps Canada Route Bahamas 113 67 Fiba Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

Melvin Ejim Helps Canada Route Bahamas 113 67 Fiba Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

Canada buried a total of 16 three-pointers on 34 attempts (44%),  dished out 26 assists and pounded the glass, beating the Bahamas 47-31.

Through four qualification games Canada is averaging 100 points per game while shooting 515 from the floor and 39% from threes. Brady Heslip currently ranks fifth in scoring with 18 points per game and leads everybody with 20 made triples.

The Road to the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup continues for Canada as they will return back home for the third and final window of the first-round of qualification process.  The Canadians will look to avenge their only of of the competition when they to face Group D leaders and undefeated Dominican Republic (4-0) in Toronto on Friday, June 29 and the Virgin Islands (1-3) in the Nations Capital of Ottawa on  Monday, July 2nd 2018

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The top three teams in the four Americas Zone qualifiers groups advance to round 2 with the top 7 from the second-round advancing the 2019 World Cup in China.

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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 at the FIBA AmeriCup and improves the Canadians to 2-1 in Group D of the Americas World Cup qualifiers. Up next for the Canadians is another road test against the Bahamas (0-3).

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