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Team USA Bring The Carnival To Rio Olympics Opening Contest

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119 to 62.

Are we dreaming? Is it ’92 all over again?

Last night Kevin Durant lead his new Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors teammates and Team USA to a 57 point blowout of the Chinese national team in their 2016 Rio Olympic Basketball opener that was worthy of a ceremony in itself. The biggest margin Team US have won by since Sir Charles Barkley and the Dream Team gave Angola trouble to the tune up of a 68 point nightmare.

No LeBron. No Steph. No problem!

Team USA’s route to gold looks more like it could be a rout.

But from Spain to even host nation Brazil, the United States are by no means guaranteed gold.

But they were the W last night as after being down a bucket they started a 9 to 2 run that no one would look back on.

The boys in away blue looked like the were in cruise control, but they hit the nitrus on the road to glory with help from Olympic veteran of the past two games starting in Beijing, Carmelo Anthony. His nicely wrote line of 9 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and block each underlined this big, perfect score. His 24th game for country tied him with King James and the Admiral David Robinson (who celebrated his 51st birthday this weekend…we salute you sir! Many happy returns!) for most in history for these United States and if Durant is the deficit leader, than ‘Melo is the calming, elder statesman, veteran presence.

24 was a key number in this day like Kiefer Sutherland, as that’s how many times the U.S. forced the Chinese to give up the ball. The talented Far East side may have been a far cry from a victory on Saturday but save your tears. This team and country is talented and still could break down barriers. If you thought they’re dynasty ended with the retirement of Yao Ming’s legend then just look at the legacy he has left. Just look at former NBA player Yi Jianlian, who may have just sent his resume back to the league with references of 25 points and 5 blocks available on request.

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Canada’s Toronto Raptor DeMar DeRozan put on an aerial assault of a dunking display, putting the 6 back on the map again. So much so that it may be time to dub this child of Carter the new Air Canada before he touches down back in the north for the new season.

In his last games coaching this American dream, Duke head Mike Krzyzewski looks to continue his unbeatable, clean 17 and nothing record against Venezuela on Monday.

Coach K and the nation he holds hope come the end of this weekend they’ll still be dreaming.

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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, QC Free Agent
Anthony Bennett

Forward

6’8″

Toronto, ON Northern Arizona Suns (G-League)
Grandy Glaze

Centre

6’7″

Toronto, ON St. John’s Edge (NBL Canada)
Olivier Hanlan

Guard

6’4″

Aylmer, QC Austin Spurs (G-League)
Brady Heslip

Guard

6’2″

Burlington, ON Trabzonspor (Turkey)
Kaza Kajami-Keane

Guard

6’1″

Ajax, ON Raptors 905 (G-League)
Owen Klassen

Centre

6’10”

Kingston, ON PAOK (Greece)
Dyshawn Pierre

Forward

6’6″

Whitby, ON Banco di Srd (Italy)
Xavier Rathan-Mayes

Guard

6’4″

Scarborough, ON Westchester 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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