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Japan, USA Snap Show Of Solidarity

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The game needed this.

The Olympics needed this.

The world needs this.

The enthusiastic hustle of a passionate Japanese team almost caused an upset against the dominant Team USA women’s side who only yesterday we hailed as, “the real dream team”. But after a close first half the best of the WNBA best broke away and ended up blowing out the national Japan team 110 to 64. Despite a knee injury to Ramu Tokashiki’s Seattle Storm teammate and basketball legend Sue Bird. Still, however with all the events that happened in this exciting quarter finals of basketball in Brazil none left quite as indelible a mark as what happened postgame.

It’s a typical trademark that each nations team together meets their outstretched hands to the sky in the middle of the green Rio court for a one for all huddle, regardless whether the contest ended in celebration or commisseration. But last night following this meeting of faith and a good natured feel to the end of the game despite the Asian sides resolute knockout by America (highlighted by Brittney Griner playing around and bringing everyone together), the Japanese and U.S. side got together as one to pose for a picture that will speak a thousand encouraging words to a million minds and eyes watching.

Time to make this a postgame trend.

As U.S. players like Elena Delle Donne and Breanna Stewart inter-mingled with Japanese players like Mika Kurihara and Asami Yoshida this show of solidarity in this snapshot of players posing side-by-side now serves as one powerful picture in this Snapchat selfie generation to quick to swipe past what’s important.

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It’s especially needed in a time and Olympic tournament surrounded and shrouded somewhat in some areas by corruption.

Or a world today alll too plauged with the ignorance of sexism, racism and xenophobia, cruelly manifesting themselves in verbal and violent forms of abuse.

This is how your respond. This is how you reply. With a non-violent stand. This is how you hit back. This is how you show you have the courage to not fight back.

But to not live on your knees as you stand up for what you believe in.

The world is a lot smaller than we think, lets make sure our minds aren’t.

As these girls opened ours it didn’t matter if the fileing out audience in the stands were half-full. Everybody needs to see this. And in this digital day and age it’s amazing what one photo can do and how quickly it can travel.

We don’t mean to preach but we hope this photo piece can bring peace, love and understanding. And the coming together of one world.

After all isn’t that what this game and Olympics is all about?

From the back of the backboard on the slam cam you can see that the edge of the rim of these baskets in the Rio Olympic arenas read ‘A New World’.

It’s 2016. Time to start acting like one.

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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. 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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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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