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Gonzaga Bulldogs Freshmen Kevin Pangos Scores 33 Points in Record Tying Performance

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Playing in only his second collegiate game, Canadian freshmen Kevin Pangos of Holland Landing, Ontario connected on 9-of-13 three-pointers as the Gonzaga Bulldogs survived a late Washington State run and grabbed a 89-81 victory.

Pangos finished with a game-high 33 points (9/16) with all of his field-goals coming from beyond the arc, he also added six assists and two rebounds including a John Stockton like, perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line, in his first ever NCAA start.

Head Coach Mark Few decided to give Pangos the starting role after he impressed in his debut, finishing with 11 points and four rebounds in a solid win against Eastern Washington.

The performance tied the Bulldogs all-time single-game three-point record, which Pangos now shares with former Gonzaga great Dan Dickau who reached the milestone twice during his days at Spokane.

The NCAA record for three-pointers in a game is 11 and was set by Jeff Fryer of Loyola Marymount in a 1990 game against the Michigan Wolverines.

After the game the calm and collective Pango’s tweeted:

“Good W by the team! Its a great feeling to be playing college basketball and were back at it tmrw to prepare for our next game #zags”

Pangos debut was impressive enough for the Twitterverse to take notice and reward him with a worldwide trending topic.

Below are some buzzing tweets that caught our eyes during the stellar performance from Kevin Pangos:

RT @BraxstonBunce: @KPangos is beastin right now!!! nobody surprised in Canada

RT @darrenandrade: We dubbed Pangos the cameraman a couple years ago because dude is ALWAYS SHOOTING. #Practice. #NCAA #Gonzaga

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And #Canadian @KPangos is doing major work. RT @Drake: THE ALBUM IS OUT!!! I’m on a high. #Canada

Senior and Canadian teammate Robert Sacre battled early foul trouble but managed to finish with a double-double of 15 points, eleven rebounds and three blocked shots.

Most noticeably, beside Sacre’s bulked up body and his new bald look, was his free-throwing shooting.

The big men from Vancouver, BC was a perfect 13-of-13 from the stripe.

Gonzaga moves to to 2-0 in the young 2011-12 NCAA season and will play the Hawaii Warriors.

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Montreal’s Luguentz Dort commits to Arizona State Sun Devils

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Montreals Luguentz Dort Arizona State Sun Devils

Five star Canadian Guard Lugentz Dort has committed to Bobby Hurley and the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Dort a 6-5, 220lbs, product of Montreal, Quebec has been one of the most exciting Canadian Basketball prospects in recent years, combining raw speed, with gifted athletic ability, the the 2018 elite top prospect is expected to boast the Sun Devils credibility in a tough PAC 12 conference.

Dort narrowed down his list of top schools from Baylor, eventually settling with the upstart Sun Devils program that will help him transition from a two-guard to a more accomplished point-guard.  After all, Coach Hurley knows a thing or two about playing the point, having played the position for the Duke Blue Devils  in the early 90’s and over 269 games in the NBA.

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Highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide Return To Canada

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Alabama Crimson Tide Avery Johnson Return To Canada

The Alabama Crimson Tide led by former NBA Head Coach Avery Johnson, a 16-year veteran and NBA champion point-guard during his playing days will bring his highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide to Canada for series of games against Canada’s top university basketball programs.

The Crimson Tide will visit both Montreal and Ottawa for a three-game exhibition schedule against McGill Redmen (Mon Aug 7), Carleton Ravens (Wed Aug 9) and the Ottawa Gee-Gees (Thu Aug 10).

The Tide competed hard last year and took a step in the right direction with a 19-15 record, 10-8 SEC record and have NCAA March Madness tournament aspirations thanks to solid recruiting class which ranks amongst the nations best.

Led by a talented crop of returning guards, Dazon Ingram (10.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG), Riley Norris (9 PPG, 3 RPG), the coaches son Avery Johnson Jr. and forwards Braxton Key the Tide will be a handful for the it’s Canadian opposition.

Key a 6’8″, 220 lbs flirted with the  2017 NBA draft after a stellar freshman season, the Charlotte, NC native led ‘Bama in scoring with 12 point per game and was second in rebounding at 5.7 per game. The Tide will also welcome incoming red-shirt sophomore 6’10”, 240lbs Daniel Giddens to a line-up that returns four starters.

Alabama anchored by current NBA player Alonzo Gee (Denver Nuggets) last visited Canada back in 2007 and finished with a record of 4-1 against the same exact teams, dropping a tight 83-72 decision against the Carleton Ravens who have won seven straight Canadian titles including 13-of the-last-15 championships.

Carleton’s signature win over Alabama was only their second ever against a NCAA division one team after 16-game losing streak from 1999 to 2006. The Ravens current record against NCAA teams in Canada stands at an impressive 26-23 (.531%) record.

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Canyon Barry’s Grand Technique

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Charitable as it may seem, everytime Canyon Barry shoots a free throw the basket may aswell be the size of the Grand Canyon.

Fittingly the same wonder of the world that Canyon is named after, following his conception in the desert (yeah we know…it’s Brooklyn Beckham all over again). This Barry kids name that may even sound like a landmark in itself or famous character from the 70’s sort of is as this youngster is the son Golden State Warriors great and NBA legend Rick Barry. Yep, making him the younger brother of pros Jon, Brent, Drew (who almost has the same name as a famous Hollywood actress) and Scooter. That’s one hell of a family tree growing in Canyon. There’s water there too.

Underhandedly however it seems that Rick’s roll has handed down one specific trait to Canyon Barry that seems hereditary. And we aren’t talking about male patterned baldness. Although judging from Jon look out above Canyon. Maybe you chopped off those trademark alice band high school locks too soon. The ‘Top Knot’ is apparantly back in for some strange reason.

No we’re talking about the shooting style from the charity stripe that’s been passed down a generation, skipping only the other four brothers, despite being called the ‘Grandman Style’. No nothing to do with Charlotte Hornet legend Larry Johnson in a dress and spectacles, but something most ball players from the NCAA to the NBA find far more humiliating. Despite it’s Hawkeye accuracy. Excuse me! Let me clear my throat Shaq! Uh hum!

From Dwight Howard to DeAndre Jordan we have no idea why more big leaguers aren’t doing this. Because like Larry Nance and junior above the rim, like father and son this Barry ball boy method can not be beat. Near every time this Florida Gator scoops the orange the net snaps. 90 percentile. If that was an exam mark you’d be proud to bring it on home to your parents, but this is this kids shooting percentage.

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It’s all in the wrists.

Some may scoff that it’s a little girly to throw a ball under armed, but man alive is it consistent. More like Under Armor. Save the over the arm shots for those who over reach, shooting the peach like a shot putt with a resounding thud. Or more like clunk! Such is the nature of bricks.

Because this tried and tested family recipe is one for success. It made sure Hall of Famer Rick Barry gave his all, 100% every single time he drew contact and went for the line for one, or two…or Basketball God’s of coaching forbid THREE!! And it’s turning his youngest son into a star worthy of the pages of Sports Illustrated in the MVP ready James Harden, Houston Rockets current cover.

With a Mamba mentality born from charity Canyon Barry looks ready to lift the Florida Gators and aid them out the swap of the madness of March and the forthcoming Final Four everytime he steps up to basketballs proverbial plate.

From courtside to the nosebleeds they all know the technique its been flowing for decades and generations. Take a look from up high down there. The Canyon is a site to behold when it looks good…

…and when it comes to a wonder of the world, when doesn’t it?

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