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USA Leader Carmelo Lowers The Boom On Australia

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Australia looked to put Team USA down under last night, but they forgot about the karmic, calming presence of Carmelo Anthony.

The Boomers were booming early last night against a dream like Team USA who had given both the Peoples Republic Of China and a fighting Venezula side blowout nightmares to open Rio twenty sixteen. This one was always going to be a close call. But when the ending was wrote it was signed by the man that delivered himself past the G.O.A.T Michael Jordan and then sealed himself over todays greatest LeBron James as Team USA’s all-time point leader in Olympic history.

Nobody could touch Carmelo Anthony last night. Not even the King.

With Splash star Klay Thompson shooting buckets with holes in them again and even new Golden State Warrior teammate Kevin Durant-who this far has been the constant point place holder-on erratic form, the first three quarters ruling Aussies looked to capitalize. Especially with a 6 NBA man roster that could always compete with the U.S. best (including an Australian born Kyrie Irving (his clutch dagger three that put the place where he was born away knifed at country teammate and Dub nation finals competitior Draymond Green’s memory) who this year chose a side). Featuring the sharp shooting Spur star Patty Mills drawing buckets off doubles, Cleveland champ Matthew Delladova on team energy form and the new Maverick man in the middle Andrew Bogut who was playing more like Shaq then Shawn Bradley. Showing his former Warriors death line-up just what their missing and what could have plugged the middle and won the championship for this Suicide Squad if he wasn’t injured in the Finals. Who knows how their big names will fare next year now he’s gone for good after how he performed against all the biggest names last night.

Lead by Mills 30 point fill the boys from Australia turned Brazil’s state of the art basketball arena into an opera house last night.

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But here comes the boom…

Carmelo Anthony’s 31 points off 11 for 21 shooting and 9 to 15 from downtown silenced all the court conduction in Rio. The New York star gave way for the fat lady last night and boy did he sing as the U.S. went from a different songsheet than the night was originally playing out like jazz. Now critics can stop chirping as this superstar and his new Knick outfit of Porzingis, Noah and Rose could bloom to their own gold light after the Summer in the electric neon of Times Square.

After beating France and Serbia handsomly, the Australian boomers may have lost 88-98, but it was a lot more down to the baseline wire than that. As this potential gold game preview was medal worthy in itself for Olympic classics, showing that Team USA may dream big, but it’s not always by the biggest defecit.

U.S.A.’s Globetrotting like 70 game winning streak and Coach K’s clean 17 game record was almost nixed and notched last night…and it was definitly tarnished. This team has won everyting in the Olympics since the games birthplace of Athens in 2004 and has beaten the Aussies since 1964 back when the Beatles where just four boys with bowl cuts from Liverpool and Muhammed Ali was just a kid with a decent hook.

But last night as Carmelo delivered the knockout punch like the king of the world greatest, Australia still delivered the boom. They may have lost the fight, but they won the night.

As the Philadelphia 76er’s first pick in this Summers NBA Draft, the Australian Ben Simmons tweeted, “the time will come”.

You know he’ll be there to join them.

Let Australia rule!

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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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