Montreal is set to host one of international streetball’s most prestigious tournaments in each of the next three years.
The FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters will make its Montreal debut from Sept. 7-8, 2019, with an agreement to return in 2020 and 2021.
“Canada has become a hotbed for 3×3 and we are thrilled about the city of Montreal’s decision to host a FIBA 3×3 World Tour in 2019,” said Alex Sanchez, managing director of FIBA 3×3, in a statement.
Montreal becomes the third Canadian city to host a FIBA 3×3 event and the first in Quebec.
Saskatoon has hosted a FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters since 2017, and Edmonton hosted a 3×3 Challenger event for the first time in 2018.
Canada’s men’s national team finished sixth at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup in 2018, and will be vying to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, where the sport is set to make its Olympic debut.
“It is just fitting that our 3×3 stars visit the home of the 1976 Summer Olympics, just one year before the game’s Olympic debut in Tokyo,” said Sanchez. FIBA 3×3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played around the world, and is billed as the world’s “number one urban team sport.”
Canada’s best-known player is Michael Linklater, a five-foot-10 guard from Saskatoon who represented Canada at the 2018 World Cup, along with Michael Lieffers, Jermaine Bucknor and Steve Sir.
Linklater previously starred at the University of Saskatchewan, where he led the Huskies to their first and only CIS/U Sports national championship in 2010, with Lieffers as his teammate.
Bucknor and Sir both played professionally in various international leagues and are originally from Edmonton.
Teams can qualify for the Tokyo Olympics by finishing fourth or higher in the FIBA 3×3 Federation Ranking, through an Olympic qualifying tournament, or through a Universality Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
“Montreal and 3×3 have so much in common: dynamic, urban and multicultural,” said Sanchez. “We are looking forward to an exciting event and a genuine urban culture party in this iconic city next year!”
More information about the expanded FIBA 3×3 World Tour, including several new locations, is expected soon.
Canada earns silver at 2019 FIBA U16 Americas Championships
Canada’s U16 Men’s national team captured a third straight silver medal at the 2019 FIBA Americas championships falling 94-77 to the United States of America in the Gold medal game in Belem, Brazil.
The highly anticipated bout featuring the two top U16 FIBA-ranked teams in the world didn’t disappoint — showcasing upwards of a combined 10 potential NBA draftees.
Team Canada kept the game tight for the first 10 minutes and took their only lead of the game at 17-15 with 2:02 in to play, before a late triple gave the USA a 18-17 lead to close the quarter.
The USA took the game to the Canadians in the second-quarter, outscoring Canada 27-15 for a 45-32 half-time lead.
Caleb Houstan (Mississauga, Ont.) scored 25 points and three rebounds and finished as the championship’s second leading scorer with 22.8 points per game. Houstan, a silky smooth forward had a tournament high 29 points to become Canada’s top scorer in U16 FIBA Americas competition — breaking Kevin Pangos 28 point record from 2009.
Canada showed some bark in the third-quarter with solid defensive stretches and back-to-back dunks, cutting the lead to single digits on multiple occasions and closing in at 57-51 of the Americans with 4:34 to play.
The Americans rallied with a 13-6 run to end third-quarter for a comfortable 72-57 lead and put it in cruise control in the fourth-quarter — stretching the lead to a game-high 21 points.
Despite the loss, the final 17-point deficit ties the lowest spread between the two squads in five championship or semi-finals games at the FIBA Americas tournament.
Team Canada has now lost all five games against the USA at the FIBA U16 Americas championships — dropping three-straight gold medal games — 111-60 in 2017 and 77-60 in 2015 and two semi-finals encounters, 113-70 in 2011 and 126-78 in 2009.
Ryan Nembhard (Aurora, Ont) wrapped the tournament with another outstanding effort with 21 points, 9 assists and 2 rebounds. Nembhard led the tournament with a total of 54 assists, good for 9 per game, and was Canada’s second leading scorer at 14.3 points per game.
Enoch Boakye (Brampton, Ont) 12 points and 13 rebounds concluded the tournament with his third straight game in double-figures rebounding and was the third top rebounder in the competition at 10.8 per game. Boakye had of two of the tournaments top 10 rebounding performances with 17 against Mexico and 16 against Dominican Republic.
Both Houstan and Ryan Nembhard were named to the tournaments all-star team alongside Dominican Republic’s Jean Montero — including the USA’s Jalen Durne and tournament MVP Christopher Livingston.
Canada finished the tournament 5-1 with group B victories over Uruguay 101-63, Brazil 90-67, Puerto Rico 96-76 and wins over Mexico 95-78 and 97-81 over the Dominican Republic in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.
The U16 Canadian squad has reached the podium five times since the inaugural, bi-annual American zone tournament kicked-off 10 years ago in 2009 — earning three silver and two bronze medals. Canada lost a heart-breaking 65-64 semi-finals loss to Argentina in 2013.
Canada has qualified for the 2020 U17 FIBA World Championships where they will look to improve from their 2018 4th-place finish.
Shaedon Sharpe posterizes Dominican defender at U16 FIBA Americas
Canadian 16-year old high-flyer Shaedon Sharpe took off and posterized a Dominican Republic defender at the 2019 FIBA U16 Americas championship in Brazil.
With 35 seconds to play the first-half Sharpe shook off a defender with a sweet pump fake and then took-off baseline and dropped a Jordanesque poster all-over the Dominican defender.
Canada broken a tightly contested semi-finals contest to beat the Dominican Republic 97-81 to reach the finals of the 2016 FIBA U16 Americas championships.
Sharpe finished with 17 points , four rebounds and three assists, shooting 8-for-10 from the field.
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