On Point Summer Pro Am back for season 3 on Wednesday July 17th

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(Toronto, ON) Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre is again the location for the 3rd annual On Point Summer Pro Am.

The four teams vying for the title are Team Toben, the defending champions, Team X-Men, Team Starting 5 and inaugural season champions Team On Point.

Last summer, On Point once again met Toben in the championship game, but it was the team led by Tony Zou who took home the hardware!

Zou is dedicated to his Men’s teams like no other and Toben has been arguably the best team in various leagues and tournaments over the last three or four years.

On Point is once again led by Head Coach Trevor Challenger who also helms the Centennial College Colts Men’s basketball team. Challenger is steadily building a strong culture at Centennial, just a bit west on the 401 from the Pan Am Centre. Very dedicated to his Craft, Challenger always has his team in the hunt for championships and the On Point Summer Pro Am is no exception.

This summer, X-Men and Starting 5 and their new coach Menelik Fernandes look to take a giant leap and challenge one of the previous champions for supremacy in the Pro Am.

Ryan Xavier is the point man for the X-Men, bringing his vast basketball knowledge and organization skills to the forefront in any basketball project he’s involved in. His connections in the basketball community and the respect he’s earned allow him to always build strong teams consistently in the Pro Am and other basketball tournaments and events. You can count on Xavier being at least one thing and that’s laser-focused.

Former Team On Point Assistant Coach Fernandes, who’s had several coaching jobs including a stint with the York University Men’s basketball team, takes the reigns of team Starting 5 this season. Fernandez has been blessed with a roster full of talent and is ready make some noise in the On Point Summer Pro Am. Fernandes is a rising Canadian coach who has a very bright future on the sidelines where he’s passionate and is a great teacher of strategy and fundamentals.

The advent of the successful new CEBL Pro Summer League has meant that the On Point Pro Am has had to dig deep into its resources and extensive talent pool in the GTA to solidify it’s rosters. But make no mistake about it, there are players in the #OPProAm this summer and there are sure to be many highlight reel plays. The depth of talent in Canadian grows by leaps and bounds every day. The On Point Summer Pro Am’s purpose is to find those hidden gems and bring their talent to the light.

“The On Point Summer Pro Am is a vital piece that fits the Toronto and Scarborough basketball puzzle, said On Point Basketball founder and CEO Drew Ebanks.

“The league is in it’s third year and we feel that with a lot more planning and some corporate support, a possible shoe and apparel deal with various leagues’ sanctioning, could mean the On Point Summer Pro Am would be able to take that leap forward. With the Raptors winning the NBA title, we see a lot more interest in the sport and hope that translates to more corporate dollars flowing into the local basketball community”, adds Ebanks.

Check out the On Point Summer Pro Am teams, management and schedules below. Admission is FREE to all games including the Championship game and is a family focused event so bring the kids out and enjoy some high level Canadian basketball right in your back yard.

Click HERE for directions to the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre

TEAMS

On Point-Trevor Challenger
X-Men-Ryan Xavier
Toben– Tony Zou
Starting 5-Menelik Fernandes

SCHEDULE

WEEK 1 July 17th

8:00pm: Toben vs. Starting 5
9:20pm: On Point vs. X-Men

WEEK 2 July 21st

8:00pm: On Point vs. Starting 5
9:20pm: X-Men vs. Toben

WEEK 3 July 24th

8:00pm: X-Men vs. Starting 5
9:20pm: Toben vs. On Point

Championship Game: Top 2 teams on Sunday

Championship: July 28th Time TBD

Courtesy On Point Basketball

On Point Tournament of Champions July 19th-21st

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ON POINT EVENT BULLETIN: ON POINT ‘TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS’ FRIDAY JULY 19TH TO SUNDAY JULY 21ST, 2019 AT HOOPDOME IN TORONTO, CANADA

Dates: Friday July 19th – Sunday July 21st, 2019

Location: Hoopdome For Directions click HERE

Age Groups: (Boys & Girls)  U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, (Open Men & Women) & Men’s Masters (Over 35)

***CLICKE HERE for UPDATED TOURNAMENT RESULTS

 
3 Games Guaranteed / Qualified Officials / Media & Social Media Exposure / Awards/Prizes/Swag/Special guests

For more information contact Tournament Director Jason Williams email [email protected], or call Jason at (647) 647-210-2120 or email [email protected]

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29 Athletes Invited to Attend Senior Men’s National Team Training Camp

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TORONTO, Ont. (July 16, 2019) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the 29 athletes invited to attend the Senior Men’s National Team training camp ahead of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.

Click here for the Senior Men’s National Team training camp invites.

“Being asked to represent your country is a tremendous honour and we’re excited about the group of athletes that we have invited to training camp next month in Toronto,” said Rowan Barrett, Canada Basketball General Manager, Men’s High Performance.  “These athletes demonstrate the depth of talent we now have in our country, as we prepare to meet the challenge of the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

A finalized list of Senior Men’s National Team training camp attendees will be announced prior to the start of camp.

Canada will open exhibition play with a two-game series against Nigeria.  The Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto will host Team Canada on Wednesday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET before the team travels to Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg for a game on Friday, August 9 at 7:00 p.m. CT.  Tickets for Toronto and Winnipeg are on sale now.

Following the Canadian exhibition games, Team Canada will travel to Australia for a five-game exhibition series against Australia (August 16-17), New Zealand (August 20-21) and the United States of America (August 26).  Tickets for these games are on sale now from Ticketek.

Last month, Canada Basketball announced Nick Nurse as Head Coach of Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team ahead of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.

Canada is heading back to the World Cup for the first time since the 2010 FIBA World Championship after finishing the FIBA Basketball World Cup Americas Qualifiers with a 10-2 record to lead Group F. One of the fastest rising basketball nations in the world, Canada’s depth was on display during the Americas Qualifiers as 36 different players represented their country over the course of the six competition windows to qualify for the World Cup.

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China (Aug. 31-Sept. 15, 2019) will be the biggest edition of FIBA’s flagship event with a record 32 participating teams playing 92 games over 16 days.

Canada is in Group H for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and will face Australia (September 1), Lithuania (September 3) and Senegal (September 5) in the First Round.  The top two teams from Group G (Dominican Republic, France, Germany and Jordan) and Group H will qualify for the Second Round and form Group L.

The results of the three games from the First Round carry over to the Second Round with every team playing against the two teams in their new group that they have not faced.  The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Quarter-Finals.

Click here for additional details on the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 competition system.

For the first time, the FIBA Basketball World Cup will qualify seven teams directly for the following year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Canada must finish either first or second in the Americas zone to earn a direct berth.

For additional information on the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, visit http://www.fiba.basketball/basketballworldcup/2019

2019 SENIOR MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TRAINING CAMP INVITES 

NamePositionHeightHometownPrevious / Current Club
Nickeil Alexander-WalkerGuard6’5”Toronto, ONNew Orleans Pelicans
R.J. BarrettGuard6’7”Mississauga, ONNew York Knicks
Aaron BestGuard6’4”Scarborough, ONRiesen Ludwigsburg (Germany)
Khem BirchCentre6’9”Montreal, QCOrlando Magic
Chris BoucherCentre6’10”Montreal, QCToronto Raptors
Oshae BrissettForward6’8”Mississauga, ONSyracuse Orange (NCAA)
Dillon BrooksForward6’7″Mississauga, ONMemphis Grizzlies
Brandon ClarkeCentre6’8”Vancouver, BCMemphis Grizzlies
Aaron DoornekampForward6’7”Napanee, ONValencia Basket (Spain)
Luguentz DortGuard6’4”Montreal, QCOklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderGuard6’6”Hamilton, ONOklahoma City Thunder
Melvin EjimForward6’6″Toronto, ONBC UNICS (Russia)
Brady HeslipGuard6’2”Burlington, ONIstanbul BBSK (Turkey)
Cory JosephGuard6’3″Toronto, ONSacramento Kings
Mfiondu KabengeleForward6’10”Burlington, ONLos Angeles Clippers
Naz Mitrou-LongGuard6’4”Mississauga, ONSalt Lake City Stars (G League)
Trey LylesForward6’10”Saskatoon, SKSan Antonio Spurs
Jamal MurrayGuard6’4”Kitchener, ONDenver Nuggets
Andrew NembhardGuard6’5”Aurora, ONFlorida Gators (NCAA)
Kelly OlynykForward7’0″Kamloops, BCMiami Heat
Kevin PangosGuard6’2”Newmarket, ONFC Barcelona Basketball (Spain)
Dwight PowellForward6’11”Toronto, ONDallas Mavericks
Phil ScrubbGuard6’4″Richmond, BCZenit Saint Petersburg (Russia)
Thomas ScrubbForward6’7”Richmond, BCOpenjobmetis Varese (Italy)
Marial ShayokForward6’5”Ottawa, ONPhiladelphia 76ers
Andy RautinsGuard6’4”Syracuse, NYBahcesehir Koleji Istanbul (Turkey)
Nik StauskasGuard6’6”Mississauga, ONCleveland Cavaliers
Tristan ThompsonCentre6’10”Brampton, ONCleveland Cavaliers
Kyle WiltjerForward6’10”Portland, ORUnicaja Malaga (Spain)

 2019 SENIOR MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM SCHEDULE

DATEITEMTIME (ET) LOCATION
August 4-6Training Camp OVO Athletic Centre –Toronto, ON
August 7Canada vs. Nigeria (Exhibition)7:00 PMMattamy Athletic Centre –Toronto, ON
August 9Canada vs. Nigeria (Exhibition)8:00 PMBell MTS Place – Winnipeg, MB
August 16Canada vs. Australia (Exhibition)5:30 AMRAC Arena – Perth, Australia
August 17Canada vs. Australia (Exhibition)5:30 AM
August 20Canada vs. New Zealand (Exhibition)5:30 AMQuaycentre – Sydney, Australia
August 21Canada vs. New Zealand (Exhibition)5:30 AM
August 26Canada vs. USA (Exhibition)5:30 AMQudos Bank Arena – Sydney, Australia
September 1Canada vs. Australia3:30 AMFIBA Basketball World Cup 2019China
September 3Canada vs. Lithuania7:30 AM
September 5Canada vs. Senegal3:30 AM

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) announce 4Korners as host DJ of Championship Weekend

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The official DJ of the Toronto Raptors will be performing for the first time in the province of Saskatchewan

The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) has revealed that Kirk Stcyr, better known as “4Korners”, will be the host DJ of the Championship Weekend. He will be performing live on Friday, August 23 at the Championship Weekend Street Concert as well as at the first-ever CEBL Championship Weekend Finals held on Sunday, August 25 at the Sasktel Centre. 4Korners will also be available for several meet & greets and appearances throughout the weekend.

            “I can’t wait to host Championship Weekend in Saskatoon. It’s gonna be awesome!” said 4Korners. “I’m extremely excited about the growth of the game of basketball in Canada over the past few years – It’s gone from hoop dreams to reality for so many young ballers from the North and I’m pumped about what the CEBL is building”.

“I am thrilled to have 4Korners involved in the first-ever CEBL Championship Weekend being held in Saskatoon”, said Mike Morreale, CEO and Commissioner of the CEBL. “The Championship Weekend is not just a basketball event, it’s a celebration of community, entertainment and the sport of basketball and what better way to do that than have such an influential artist set the tone for an electric time”.

The inaugural season of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) will conclude in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in a Championship Weekend Festival and Finals format.  Over four days between August 22 – 25, the Province of Saskatchewan and the City of Saskatoon will host a league Gala Dinner and Awards, three-day Family Friendly Street Festival, Tailgate Parties, Major Concerts, and of course, the top four teams competing to be named Champions! Games to be held at SaskTel Centre, where the best of Canadian Basketball will showcase their skills and establish an annual sporting event not to be missed. Tickets to all games are currently available on Ticketmaster.ca

Learn more about the Championship Weekend via the link here.

The inaugural season of the CEBL is well into its latter half with just six more weeks of regular season action remaining. The Niagara River Lions (10-4) have taken a commanding lead in the standings followed by the Edmonton Stingers (8-4) who are on a four game winning streak and the Hamilton Honey Badgers (7-6) in third. Championship Weekend host team, the Saskatchewan Rattlers (6-6) are in fourth.

For more information on the CEBL and its six teams, head to cebl.ca. Tickets to all remaining games are available via ticketmaster.ca. Fans can also watch all CEBL games live online for free on cebl.tv as well as on the CBC Sports app and CBCSports.ca.

Courtesy Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL)

Team Canada to Open the road to the World Cup against Nigeria in Toronto

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TORONTO, ON (July 8, 2019) – Canada Basketball announced Monday that the Senior Men’s National Team will face Nigeria at Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto on Wednesday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET, to open the road to the World Cup.

This game will be an important matchup for both teams as they prepare for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China (August 31-September 5, 2019).

Presale tickets are available now with general public on-sale beginning on Thursday, July 11, at 11 a.m. ET. Toronto tickets start as low as $35.00 plus fees and are available at mattamyathleticcentre.ca

Canada’s roster will feature some of the country’s biggest and brightest stars, including athletes playing professionally in the NBA and several of the top professional leagues overseas.

This game will be the first of a two-game series against Nigeria with the second game being played at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg on Friday, August 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET.  Tickets start as low as $19.95 plus fees and are available at ticketmaster.ca.

Canada is heading back to the World Cup for the first time since the 2010 FIBA World Championship after finishing the FIBA Basketball World Cup Americas Qualifiers with a 10-2 record to lead Group F. One of the fastest rising basketball nations in the world, Canada’s depth was on display during the Americas Qualifiers as 36 different players represented their country over the course of the six competition windows to qualify for the World Cup.

Nigeria qualified for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 after similarly finishing first in Group F with 10-2 in the FIBA Basketball World Cup African Qualifiers. D’Tigers will be making their third appearance at the World Cup and first since the 2006 FIBA World Championship. Nigeria has appeared in each of the past two Olympic Games and won the country’s first gold medal at AfroBasket 2015.

Canada last faced Nigeria in preliminary round play at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Following the Canadian exhibition games, Team Canada will travel to Australia for a five-game exhibition series against Australia (August 16-17), New Zealand (August 20-21) and the United States of America (August 26).  Tickets for these games are on sale now from Ticketek.

Last month, Canada Basketball announced Nick Nurse as Head Coach of Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team ahead of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China (August 31-September 15, 2019) will be the biggest edition of FIBA’s flagship event with a record 32 participating teams playing 92 games over 16 days.

Canada is in Group H along with Senegal, Lithuania and Australia for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.

For the first time, the FIBA Basketball World Cup will qualify seven teams directly for the following year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Canada must finish either first or second in the Americas zone to earn a direct berth.

For additional information on the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, visit http://www.fiba.basketball/basketballworldcup/2019

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Canada Falls to Puerto Rico, will face Serbia Sunday to conclude FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup

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HERAKLION, GREECE (July 6, 2019) – Team Canada fell 98-81 to Puerto Rico Saturday afternoon during the Classification Round at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2019.

Click here for the box score.

Karim Mane led the Canadians in scoring with 14 points, while Thomas Kennedy delivered 11 points and five rebounds. Charles Bediako and Damion Squire both also contributed 10 points in the loss. Andre Jael Curbelo Rodriguez delivered a game-high 24 points in Puerto Rico’s win.

A slow start from Canada saw Puerto Rico race out to a 12-0 lead to open the first quarter. By the end of the quarter, Team Canada trailed by 11, entering the second down 30-19.

Canada picked up the pace in the second quarter after Tyrese Samuel’s floater tied the game 36-36 at the 4:31 mark. The two teams went back and forth for the remainder of the frame.  A layup by Jaden Bediako at the 0.6 second mark of the quarter tied the game 47-47 going into halftime.

Coming back from halftime, the two teams remained neck and neck before Puerto Rico went off on 11-0 scoring run to open up their lead. By the end of the third, the Canadians trailed by seven, 73-66.

The fourth quarter ended in Puerto Rico’s favour, outscoring the Canadians 25-15, to win the game 98-81.

Click here for the roster.

UP NEXT                                     

Canada will face Serbia in the 7th-8th Classification game on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at 6:00 AM EDT. Fans can catch the game streaming live on FIBA YouTube or the Canada Basketball Facebook page.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Canada falls to France in Quarter-Finals at FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup

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HERAKLION, GREECE (July 5, 2019) – Team Canada’s bid to repeat has come to an end after being defeated by France 85-80 on Friday night at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2019.

Click here for the box score.

A.J. Lawson and Tyrese Samuel both led the Canadians with 14 points apiece, while Jaden Bediako recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jahcobi Neath and Joel Brown both also delivered 10 points. Joel Ayayi contributed a game-high 25 points in France’s win.

The first quarter started off slow for Canada as they found themselves in foul trouble with six minutes still on the clock. Despite the start, a Samuel layup with just under three minutes to go brought the Canadians back within one. Though France managed to stretch the lead once again, Damion Squire’s half-court shot at the buzzer left Canada down by only three at the end of the quarter.

Neath started the second quarter off strong for the Canadians with a big dunk within the first few seconds making it a one-point game. However, France answered with an 11-0 run shortly after to extend their lead. Slowly chipping away at the deficit, a three-point shot from Lawson with just under two minutes to go saw Canada trailing by just three points. With less than 10 seconds on the clock, France drew a foul and converted a pair of free throws to make it a five-point game. However, a clutch layup from Brown in the finals seconds left the Canadians down by just three once again entering halftime.  

The two teams went back and forth to start the third quarter but halfway through the frame, France found themselves up by nine points. Canada responded with a 7-0 run of their own to shrink France’s lead to just two with three minutes to go. After an Ayayi layup stretched the French lead, Canada and France traded free throws as the quarter came to an end with the red and white trailing, 65-61.

In the first few minutes of the fourth quarter, a dunk followed by a three from Samuel jump-started the action for Canada as they took the lead for the first time. A three-pointer from Josh Primo saw the Canadian run grow to 8-0 and a 69-65 advantage, causing France to call a timeout. After Canada led for just over the first half of the fourth quarter, France regained the lead, 72-71. With 1:30 to play, Bediako’s hook shot pulled Canada within one point but that would be as close as they would come.  After a monster block from Samuel gave them a second chance, Squire hit a big three leaving Canada down by just two.  But it wasn’t enough as France eventually escaped with the 85-80 victory.

Click here for the roster.

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Canada will face Puerto Rico in the Classification Round on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at 8:30 AM EDT. Fans can catch the game streaming live on FIBA YouTube or the Canada Basketball Facebook page.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Canada advances to Quarter-Finals after defeating Senegal at FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup

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HERAKLION, GREECE (July 3, 2019) – Canada defeated Senegal 90-79 on Wednesday evening to advance to the quarter-finals at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2019.

Click here for the box score.

A.J. Lawson led the Canadians in today’s win with 31 points, seven rebounds and four assists. This is the fourth highest points scored in a single game during this year’s FIBA U19 World Cup. Damion Squire delivered 18 points, while Charles Bediako had 10 points and six rebounds for Canada. Biram Faye had 30 points in the loss for Senegal.

Foreshadowing his overall game performance, Lawson made a huge statement dunking in the first three seconds of the game. This dunk led to an 8-0 scoring run which he single-handedly delivered. However, Senegal answered and found their way back into the game with an 8-0 run of their own. The two teams traded baskets for much of the opening frame before a three-point shot from Lawson in the final seconds helped the Canadians end the quarter up 23-18.

The second quarter started off in Canada’s favour as they increased their lead to seven. Senegal continued to hang around as back-to-back three-pointers with just over three minutes to go in the half, made it a one-point game. Shortly after Senegal took the lead, Joel Brown drained a three-pointer to bring Canada back even. One last dunk from Lawson before the quarter ended helped the Canadians enter halftime with a 40-38 advantage.

Reminiscent of the first quarter, Lawson opened up the second half with a big dunk. Team Canada worked to grow their lead throughout the quarter, finding themselves up by 15 on two separate occasions, for their biggest lead since the first quarter. The Canadians carried an 11-point advantage, 70-59, into the fourth quarter.

Canada maintained their lead for the entire fourth quarter with their advantage never dropping below five points. Up by eight with one last possession and just over 10 seconds on the clock, Squire drained a three to seal the 90-79 victory.

Click here for the full tournament schedule.

Canada earned a historic gold medal at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017 in Cairo, Egypt.  The gold was Canada’s first in an international FIBA competition and their highest placement at the tournament since a fifth-place finish at the FIBA U19 World Championship 2015.  This will be Canada’s eleventh appearance at the event since the 1979 World Championship for Junior Men.

Last summer, the team earned a silver medal at the FIBA U18 Americas Championship 2018 in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Click here for the roster.

UP NEXT                                     

Canada will face France in the quarter-finals on Friday, July 5, 2019, at 1:30 PM EDT. Fans can catch the game streaming live on DAZN.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Canada finishes first in Group B after defeating Latvia at FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup

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HERAKLION, GREECE (July 2, 2019) – Canada defeated Latvia 78-76 on Tuesday afternoon to finish first in Group B at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2019.

Click here for the box score.

Three Canadians recorded double-doubles in today’s win. The team was led by Tyrese Samuel who had 22 points and 17 rebounds.  Charles Bediako contributed 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Karim Mane added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Arturs Kurucs had 22 points in the loss for Latvia.

The Canadians started off strong start going on a 9-0 run against Latvia early on in the first quarter. With just over a minute to go, the Canadians were up 18-8 before Latvia went on a 7-0 run. Though by the end of the first quarter, Canada was still in the lead 18-15.

The second quarter started off close with Latvia hitting a three to tie the game in the opening minutes. But it was not long before Canada found their stride, outscoring Latvia 18-14 in the quarter. By the halftime, Samuel had already contributed 13 points and Canada led 36-29 at the break.

Canada maintained their lead throughout the third quarter with their advantage never dropping below five points. With less than 30 seconds to play in the quarter, Bediako who shot 76.47% overall at the free throw line, split a pair of free throws to give Canada a 10-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

A close fourth quarter found the two teams separated by just a few points for much of the frame. With just five seconds left on the clock and Canada up by thee, Mane hit both of his free throws to give the red and white a five-point advantage. Despite Latvia hitting a three-point shot in the last seconds of the game, Canada escaped with a 78-76 victory.

Canada is in Group B along with Australia, Latvia and Mali. Click here for the full tournament schedule.

Canada earned a historic gold medal at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017 in Cairo, Egypt.  The gold was Canada’s first in an international FIBA competition and their highest placement at the tournament since a fifth-place finish at the FIBA U19 World Championship 2015.  This will be Canada’s eleventh appearance at the event since the 1979 World Championship for Junior Men.

Last summer, the team earned a silver medal at the FIBA U18 Americas Championship 2018 in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Click here for the roster.

Canadian Pride in Heraklion, Greece

UP NEXT                                     

Canada now moves on to the Round of 16 and will face Senegal on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Fans can catch the game streaming live on FIBA YouTube or the Canada Basketball Facebook page.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Canada drops close game to Mali on day two at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup

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HERAKLION, GREECE (June 30, 2019) – Canada fell 71-70 to Mali on Sunday afternoon on day two of the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2019.

Click here for the box score.

Keon Ambrose-Hylton was Canada’s leading scorer with 16 points. Karim Mane contributed 10 points and seven rebounds, while AJ Lawson had 10 points for Canada. Siriman Kanoute delivered a game-high 22 points in the win for Mali.

In the first quarter, Canada started off strong going on an 8-0 run to start the game. Despite their best efforts, Mali caught up and took the lead with under two minutes to play. Drawing a late foul, Canada’s Damion Squire hit both free throws to tie the game but Mali answered, ending the quarter up two.

The second quarter started off close as the two teams stayed just within a couple of points from each other. After Mane brought the Canadians to the lead with a driving layup, Canada found success at the basket for the rest of the quarter.  At halftime, Canada led 39-33.

Despite entering the third quarter up by six, Mali outscored Canada 24-11 and entered the fourth quarter with a seven-point advantage. 

Not ready for defeat just yet Canada managed to close the gap once again when a Mane three-pointer made it a one-point game.  After Canada’s Joel Brown split a pair of free throws to tie the game with 46 seconds on the clock, Mali went to the line where they went one-for-two for a one point lead. Unfortunately for Canada, Lawson’s three-point attempt on their last possession didn’t fall as Mali escaped with the 71-70 victory.

Canada is in Group B along with Australia, Latvia and Mali. Click here for the full tournament schedule.

Canada earned a historic gold medal at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017 in Cairo, Egypt.  The gold was Canada’s first in an international FIBA competition and their highest placement at the tournament since a fifth-place finish at the FIBA U19 World Championship 2015.  This will be Canada’s eleventh appearance at the event since the 1979 World Championship for Junior Men.

Last summer, the team earned a silver medal at the FIBA U18 Americas Championship 2018 in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Click here for the roster.

Keon Ambrose-Hylton 16 points 5 rebounds

UP NEXT                                      

Canada will face Latvia to conclude the group phase on Tuesday, July 2 at 11:15 AM ET. Fans can catch the game streaming live on FIBA YouTube or the Canada Basketball Facebook page.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

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