In what will go down as one of the greatest individual performances of all-time, and arguably one the most important international team victories in Canadian basketball history, 17 year-old Rowan Barrett Jr. put Canada on his back and torched rivals United States of America with an incredible 38 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists masterpiece for the ages.
Canada’s Junior Men’s National Basketball Team upset the two-time defending champs with a stunning and mesmerizing 99-87 semi-finals win to advanced to the Gold medal championship game of the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo Egypt. Team Canada (5-1) will play for Gold tomorrow against Italy (5-1).
Barrett Jr. (6’8, 180 lbs/Mississauga, ON/Monteverde Academy/Florida) a tenth grader, who is a month removed from his sweet 16th birthday (2000-06-14) shot an efficient 12-of-24 from the floor, 12-of-15 from the foul line and 2-of-6 from three pointers. He was unstoppable for the opening whistle, scoring 9 points in the quarter as Canada trailed 17-23.
The United States and Head Coach John Calipari (Kentucky Wildcats) threaten to run way with the game in the early minutes of the second-quarter, stretching their early lead and sizeable height advantage to double digits at 28-18 with 9:05 to play. Canada ripped off a crucial 13-3 run, capped off a by a tough three-point play by Barrett Jr. to tie the game at 31-31 at the mid-point of the quarter. Canada’s 2-3 zone continued to frustrate the Americans, forcing the Americans to miss contested jump shots while riding the hot hand of their young phenom who poured 14 more points in the quarter, increasing his half-time total to 23 as Canada led 45-42 at break.
Canada scored the first two-points of the third-quarter on a beautiful back-door cut dunk by Barrett Jr. to put the Canadians up 47-42, from there the USA had one last strong push taking a short-lived lead at 53-52 on three made foul shots. The game of basketball is a game of runs and much like their second-quarter run Canada put together another game changing 13-4 spurt to close the quarter with 66-59 lead and 10 minutes away from making history.
Barrett Jr. added 7 in the quarter and Canada’s bench stepped up providing a much needed spark when it matter most.
The Canadian lead reach double-figures at 72-82 on a made jumper by Grant Sheppard and game-high 12 points in the late stages of the game as Barrett Jr. fouled out with Canada ahead 89-78 with 2:55 remaining.
Canada controlled the game after the first quarter outscoring the Americans 28-19 in the 2nd, 21-17 in the 3rd and 33-28 in the fourth helping maintain a lead for 23:49 minutes ahead of USA’s 13:13 minutes.
“What an incredible moment for Canadian basketball, for these kids, for this team. Great win, now we’ve got to move on and get ready to play for – as unbelievable as it sounds – a world championship.” – Roy Rana, Head Coach
Abu Kigab (St. Catherines, ON) continued his stellar tournament with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists. Grant Shephard (Kelowna, BC) once again elevated his game and had his second straight solid outing delivering 12 points and five rebounds. Nate Darling (Sackville, NS) added 13 points, three rebounds and three assists in Canada’s historic win.
P.J Washington paced five USA players in double-digits with a 17 point, 11-rebound double-double, but shot only 9/16 from the line. Austin Miller pulled down a game-high 17-rebounds to go alongside his 13 points. United States won the battle underneath the glass with a 62-53 margin.
The loss was the United States first defeat since the 2011 U19 World Cup where it finished fifth, falling to Russia 79-75 in the quarter-finals. For comparisons purposes the USA beat Canada 83-54 in the round-of-16 by a wide 29 points margin. Canada finished in 11th-place with a 3-5 record. Canada’s roster featured Phil Scrubb, Kevin Pangos, Olivier Hanlan and others.
Canada vs. USA focal point of loaded Pre-FIBA World Cup series
Canada’s senior’s men’s basketball team will take on the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand and Nigeria in a loaded preseason FIBA World Cup schedule.
For many years Canadian’s have been waiting for the day that Canada’s golden basketball generation faced off against the mighty USA Dream Team.
Well, wait no longer, and bookmark Monday, August 26, 2019 your calendar.
Part of a five-game per-world cup series in Australia — Team Canada will wrap it’s six-game FIBA World Cup exhibition schedule with a much anticipated match-up against American’s.
“We’re excited to have the opportunity to compete and gain familiarity against some of the top teams in the world in preparation for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019,” said Rowan Barrett, Canada Basketball General Manager, Men’s High Performance. “The USA has been the gold standard in FIBA basketball for several years so this will be a great opportunity for our program. In addition, having the chance to play tough road games against Australia and New Zealand will be a valuable experience for our team on the road to the World Cup.”
Canada’s Senior Men’s National team (SMNT) will kick-off it’s pre-world cup festivities on home-soil, on Friday, August 9, 2019 against a rising Nigerian D’ Tigers (10-2, 1st place African Qualifiers) national side in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
From there it’s off to foreign territory as the Canadians get acquainted with the Australia Boomers — a 2019 FIBA World Cup Group of death foe and commonwealth member in a two-game series in Perth on August 16th and 17th.
Previously known for the their alternative nickname — “The Road Warriors” — for their lack of international FIBA home games — Team Canada will shift their attention to a familiar foe with a two-game series against the New Zealand Tall Blacks.
According to the FIBA World Cup draw and if everything works out as planed Canada vs. USA could also become a reality in a potential heavyweight quarter-finals match-up.
With World Cup medal aspirations on the line and a 2020 Tokyo summer Olympics bid up for grabs, Canada will look to field a studded 12-men roster not only capable of fulling the federations 2020 vision of becoming a global basketball powerhouse but eventually reminding our border neighbors and media pundits that “soft and basketball” will no longer be acceptable in the basketball sentence.
Not exactly considered the cream-of the crop international tournaments — Canada’s senior’s men’s basketball team last knocked-off the United States of America 111-108 at the 2015 Pan-Am games in Toronto.
A 2005 FIBA Americas Group A win — culminated by a dominated 28 point, 9-rebound performance from Denham Brown lifted Canada 92-76 past the USA on August, 25, in San Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Canada knocked off the Americans 85-77 in the semi-finals of 1983 Summer Universiade games in Edmonton — beating a star-studded USA (Karl Malone, Charles Barkley) team in the semi-finals.
Team Canada FIBA World Cup international exhibition series
- Canada Basketball vs. Nigeria D’ Tigers – August, 9th 2019 – MTS Place
- Canada Basketball vs. Australia Boomers – August 16, 2019 – RAC Arena, Perth
- Canada Basketball vs. Australia Boomers – August 17, 2019 – RAC Arena, Perth
- Canada Basketball vs. New Zealand Tall Blacks – August 20, 2019, Quaycentre, Sydney
- Canada Basketball vs. New Zealand Tall Blacks – August 21, 2019, Quaycentre, Sydney
- Canada Basketball vs. USA Basketball – August 26, 2019, Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Triano steps aside as Canadian national team coach
Jay Triano has officially stepped down as the head coach of Canada’s senior men’s national team.
Canada Basketball made the announcement this morning, confirming media reports that circulated on Sunday.
“I can’t thank Jay enough for all he has done for basketball in Canada,” said Glen Grunwald, president and CEO of Canada Basketball, in a statement.
“As both a coach and player, Jay is a Canadian icon and has played a major role in the development of basketball within our country and we will forever be grateful for his contributions.
“After speaking with Jay, I’m hopeful we can find a role where he can continue to contribute to Canada Basketball in the future.”
Triano is the first Canadian-born and Canadian-trained coach to work in the NBA, starting as an assistant with the Toronto Raptors in 2002 and later promoted to head coach.
He is currently the lead assistant coach with the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets.
As head coach of Canada’s national team from 1998 to 2004, Triano led the team to a seventh-place finish at the 2000 Olympic Summer Games in Sydney, Australia.
Canada has not returned to the Olympics since then, but it figures to be a contender to play at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
Triano returned as head coach in 2012, guiding the club to a pair of victories during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers.
As a player, Triano served with Canada’s national team from 1977 to 1988 and was team captain for the final seven years of his tenure.
He was elected to the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.
Ryerson University head coach Roy Rana is among three other candidates being granted interviews to replace Triano, according to Sportsnet’s Michael Grange.
The other candidates are Gord Herbert, who played for Canada at the 1984 Olympics; and Ettore Messina, an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs.
A final decision is expected by March 31.
Multiple reports say Triano cited “personal reasons” for taking his name out of the running, but he did not elaborate.
Team Canada’s next major test will be the 2019 FIBA World Cup, starting Aug. 31 in China.
Triano steps aside at a high point in Canadian basketball, with dozens of players in the NBA and at elite NCAA schools, including Barrett’s son R.J. Barrett, a Duke University standout who is projected to be a lottery pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.