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Kebs Historic Victory Over Miracles Kicks Off Inaugural NBL Canada Season

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Quebec City – The hometown Quebec Kebs kicked off the inaugural season of the National Basketball League of Canada with a 102-97 historic victory over the Moncton Miracles.

Quebec Kebs’ Ralphy Holmes scored the first two points in league history with a pair of free-throws as the hometown team jumped out to an early 17-10 lead.

The Miracles continued to battle and connected on a late basket to tie the game at 19-19 after an exciting opening quarter that featured two impressive dunks.

Quebec turned up the interior defence in the second quarter and made it difficult for the Miracles to find the basket leading to a 51-42 half-time advantage.

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Much like the first two quarters, the action went back and forth between the two teams with players diving for loose balls and fighting for every rebound.

The Kebs controlled much the third-quarter and maintained a 79-72 advantage after three and stretched the margin to double digits at 86-76 with just under 8:00 to play.

However, Moncton almost got the Miracle it needed when Andrew Francis followed-up a missed jumper and put-back an monster dunk, (his third of the game) to bring Moncton within two points at 97-95.

Quebec iced the game at the foul line and earned their first ever NBLC regular season victory.

Ralphy Holmes led a well balanced Kebs back-court attacked with 19 points as six players reach double-figures. Shaun Fountain added 18 and Jermaine Blackburn finished with 17 points.

Top scores for the Moncton Miracles included point guard Jazzmar Ferguson who finished with a game-high 22 points on 4-of-9 shooting from deep. Andrew Francis was easily the best player on the floor and beasted his way to a impressive double-double with 20 points and game-high 12 rebounds.

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As for Canadian players, Ricky Volcy (Montreal QC) was the only player to hit the score sheet with 2 points in just 19 minutes of game time. Yannick Anzuluni (Ottawa, ON) shot 0-2 in just 7 minutes and forward Cordell Jeanty played 16 minutes.

Miracle’s Tristan Martin (Toronto, ON) only received two minutes of action.

The difference in the game came from the charity stripe where Quebec was nearly perfect going 20-22 (90%) while the Miracles could only connect on 28-of-42 shots for 70%.

Quebec moves to 1-0 and will host the Oshawa Power tomorrow afternoon in battle between two promising teams.

The Miracles will hope to improve on their play against the Oshawa Power squad on Nov 3rd.

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Halifax Rainmen owner and current league commish was on hand to help kick start the season with brief introduction.

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Andrew Nicholson back in the fold as Canada starts FIBA AmeriCup 2021 Qualifiers

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Andrew Nicholson slams it home against the Virgin Islands - Photo: FIBA

2020 is shaping up to be another great year for Canadian basketball fans. The Tokyo summer games are less than five months away and Canada has the slim possibility of potentially sending both senior teams to the Olympics for the first time since 2000.

The ladies did their part, booking a spot in Tokyo with a clean 3-0 FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament sweep in Belgium earlier this month. The men will look to do same in about four months time, via a once in a lifetime qualification tournament in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia.

But before we get ahead to the summer festivities, the first order of business of the new decade for the senior men’s team is the 2021 FIBA AmericaCup qualifiers.

FIBA AmericaCup formely known as the FIBA Americas Championship or the Tournament of Americas is hosted every two years and pits 16 national teams from the Americas zone. Previously, the tournament had qualification implications to the World Cup and the Olympics, but that is no longer the case — although, every game played still counts towards the FIBA World Rankings.

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Road to 2021 FIBA AmeriCup
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Canada will kick-off the first of three-qualification windows with a home-and-home series against the Dominican Republic. The FIBA AmeriCup Qualifiers includes 16 teams broken down into four groups. Canada is in Group C and will also play Cuba and the Virgin Islands. The top three teams from each Group will qualify for the FIBA AmeriCup 2021.

Andrew Nicholson a former first-round pick, 19th overall of the Orlando Magic headlines the 12-men roster tasked to take on the always formidable and tough Dominican team. Currently, under contract with China’s Guangzhou Loong Lions and back home due to the unexpected break in action in the Chinese Basketball League (CBL) from the deadly COVID-19 Coronavirus — Nicholson, is a timely and welcome addition.

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Andrew Nicholson backing down Argentina’s Gabriel Deck 2017 FIBA Americup – Photo: FIBA

The 6-foot-10 forward last played for Canada at the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup — Nicholson’s 12 point, 18 rebound double-double helped the Canadian’s beat hosts Argentina 92-86.

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The roster features four returning players from the 2019 FIBA World Cup as former Carleton Ravens guards’ Philip Scrubb, Kaza-Kajami Keane, join two other U Sports basketball All-Canadian’s in forwards Owen Klassen (Acadia Axemen) and Conor Morgan (UBC Thunderbirds)

Scrubb, a key figure in Canada’s backcourt since the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 championships will earn his 54th and 55th international caps — 44 games played at the senior level and 11 at youth competitions.

The rest of the roster is made up of some new faces as Trae Bell-Haynes and Kassius Robertson make their Canadian team debuts. Most of the players are signed to European clubs with only Duane Notice (Raptors 905), Andrew Nicholson and Tyrell Bellot-Green not playing in Europe.

NamePosition Height Hometown Previous / Current Club
Trae Bell-HaynesGuard6’1”Toronto, ONHelsinki Seagulls (Finland)
Aaron BestGuard6’4”Scarborough, ONPaok Thessaloniki (Greece)
Kaza Kajami-KeaneGuard6’2”Ajax, ONSyntainics MBC Weissenfels (Germany)
Owen KlassenCentre6’10”Kingston, ONTelenet Antwerp Giants (Belgium)
Kyle LandryCentre6’10”Calgary, ABKK Buducnost VOLI Podgorica (Montenegro)
MiKyle McIntoshForward6’7”Pickering, ONFilou Oostende (Belgium)
Conor MorganForward6’9”Victoria, B.C.Divina Seguros Joventut Badalona (Spain)
Andrew NicholsonForward6’9”Mississauga, ONGuangzhou Loong Lions (China)
Duane NoticeGuard6’2”Woodbridge, ONRaptors 905 (G League)
Tyrell Bellot-GreenForward6’7”Toronto, ONLondon Lightning (Canada)
Kassius RobertsonGuard6’3”Toronto, ONLavoropiu Fortitudo Bologna (Italy)
Phil ScrubbGuard6’4″Richmond, BCMovistar Estudiantes Madrid (Spain)

Canada FIBA AmeriCup 2021 Qualifiers

DATEITEMTIME (ET) LOCATION
February 21, 2020 Canada vs. Dominican Republic7:00 PMTribute Communities Centre –Oshawa, ON
February 24, 2020 Canada @ Dominican Republic7:00 PMPalacio de los Deportes Virgilio Travieso Soto –Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
November 26, 2020 Canada @ Cuba TBD
November 29, 2020 Canada @ U.S. Virgin Islands TBD
February 19, 2020Canada vs. Cuba TBD
February 22, 2020 Canada vs. U.S. Virgin Islands TBD
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Canada knocks off Sweden qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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Canada’s women’s national basketball team is headed for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Team Canada picked-up it’s second victory of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, defeating Team Sweden 80-50 to earn their third straight trip to the summer games.

Natalie Achonwa nearly perfect 16 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists performance anchored a dominate Canadian offensive attack that featured four players in double-figures. The Indiana Fever power forward knocked-down 8-of-9 field goals in just 17 minutes.

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Natalie Achonwa and Miranda Ayim point to Tokyo 2020 after beating Sweden at 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Shaina Pellington was outstanding with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists. Kia Nurse, Canada’s other WNBA player finished with 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and Miranda Ayim added with 10 points and 3 rebounds.

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All players contributed to win — logging at least five minutes and recording a stat on the scoresheet. 18 year old Laeticia Amihere made her official senior team debut — scoring 8 quick points in games’ final 8 minutes.

The victory will send Canada to their six (7) Olympic games. Team Canada also qualified in 1976, 1984 1996, 2000, 2012, 2016 — earning a country best fourth-place finish at the 1984 Olympiad in Los Angeles, California.

Canada becomes the sixth (6) team to qualify for the games — eight (8) gold medalist, United States, China, France, Nigeria and tournament hosts Japan have also earned there spot. Six more teams will make-up the 12-team showcase. The 2020 games will run from July 24 – August 09.

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