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Tyler Ennis & Trey Lyles spark Canadian victory over Korea to advance at 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships

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Prague, CZ – (BasketballBuzz) – Facing a must win situation Canada’s Junior Men’s National Team rebounded from two tough defeats to beat Korea 95-73 and advance to the Eighth Final Round at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships.

Incoming Syracuse Freshmen Tyler Ennis (Brampton, ON) continue his outstanding start of the tournament with his best effort thus far. Ennis paced the Canadians with a game-high 26 points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals.

Ennis was unstoppable the entire game going 11-of-16 from floor on array of drives to the basket.

Trey Lyles (Saskatoon, SK) produced his second straight double-double of the tournament with 21 points and 11 and was key reason why the Canadians scored 56 points in the paint and out rebounded Korea 50-22.

Lyles once again showed his versatility by connecting on a variety of shots, post up moves and his dribbling ability by grabbing the rebound on the defensive end and going behind the back not once  but twice followed by a two-hand facial on Korea’s center Intae Park.

Other players in double-figures included Duane Notice who also finished with double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds despite shooting only 3-of-15.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes came of the bench and shot the ball much better than his two previous outings and added 11 points and five rebounds and went 2-of-4 from the outside. Rathan-Mayes is 4-of-21 from three-pointers through three-games.

16-year old Chris Egi (Toronto, ON) also had his best effort of the World showcase by contributing nicely with 8 points and 7 rebounds, 4 on the offensive. Egi provide much needed energy when Canada made its decisive run.

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The game was evenly played right up until the fourth-quarter. With Canada leading 65-63 with 8:49 left and staring at the possibility of an early exit Head Coach Roy Rana looked to Ennis who almost outscored the Koreans by pouring 11 of his 27 points in the quarter to outscore the Koreans 28-14.

Canada (1-2) finishes the Group A Preliminary round in third-pace after dropping the opener to Spain (3-0) and Croatia (2-1)

All three-teams will now advance to Eighth Final Round where where Canada will be placed in Group E alongside Spain, Croatia and the top three teams from Group B which features Lithuania (2-0), Argentina (1-1) and host nation Iran (1-2).

Canada will need to finish in the Top Four of Group E to advance to Quarter-Finals.

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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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