A season-high in assists lead to 15-point victory for Raptors 905

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MISSISSAUAGA — Brady Heslip scored 18 points and dished out nine assists as the Raptors 905 defeated the Long Island Nets 120-105 on Saturday afternoon at the Hershey Centre. With the win the 905 have also clinched their first Central Division title, in only their second season in the NBA D League.

The 905 (33-11) were able to withstand a strong 18-8 run put on by the Nets (15-30) early in the final quarter to pull out the victory and extend the club’s winning streak to two games.

Big man Edy Tavares, who anchored the unrelenting defensive effort displayed by the 905, added 18 points to go along with seven rebounds and four blocks while Toronto Raptors’ assignee, Bruno Caboclo, fresh off a shoulder injury, continued his strong play with 16 points and seven rebounds in just over 32 minutes of action.

6-foot-9 forward Pascal Siakam also added to the team’s scoring surge with 18 points while chipping in with seven rebounds, four assists and a cauldron of much-needed energy.

R.J. Hunter led the Nets in the scoring column with 24 points as well as grabbing seven rebounds and six assists in the loss.

The 905 are now 28-1 when leading after the third quarter, and thanks to a 10-2 run midway through the third frame courtesy of a Siakam scoring surge where the big man recorded nine of his 18 points, the home team was able to create distance and eventually push the lead to as many as 19 before the Nets’ early fourth quarter scoring splurge.

Head coach Jerry Stackhouse understands that basketball is a game of runs and teams will continue to push until the final buzzer, but carrying a strong defensive mindset will invariably lead to good things for any team, and that’s what changed for his club in the second half.

“I think the key for us defensively was to come out and set a better tone than we did in the beginning of the game,” said Stackhouse following his team’s 15-point victory over Long Island. “We weren’t bad (in the first half), but we weren’t as sound on our coverage and the things we wanted to do.

“We got back to that in the second half and were able to create some separation.”

The 905 outscored the Nets 31-22 in the third quarter and limited Long Island to 8/19 shooting heading into the final 12-minutes of regulation.

Siakam, who injected much of the energy that helped fuel the scoring attack for his club, said after the game that his role with D-League affiliate club is seismically different than with the Toronto Raptors, but the boundless energy that he brings will remain his lifeblood no matter the circumstance.

“The energy is what I’m known for and even if I’m working on other things I’m just always focusing on what I always have, which is energy and you can’t teach that.”

“Once I got back in the second half (after foul trouble) I just wanted to make my presence known and go out and just be the player that I am.”

Neither team managed to force many stops in the first half, as the 905 shot a blistering 55.1 percent from the field while conceding 50 percent shooting to the Nets. The sharpshooter Hunter led the offensive charge for the visitors, notching 15 first-half points including three triples, but it was the home team that carried the slight edge and momentum heading into the break with Caboclo knocking down a climactic buzzer-beating three pointer to end the half.

The 905 were able to limit the Nets to just 47 percent shooting and forced 19 turnovers by the end of the game. The defensive plays also led to transition points and a season-high 39 assists, which beat the team’s previous high of 30.

Heslip, who was one assist shy of a double-double performance, struggled to find his shot during the game but maintained obedience to his point-guard duties, ultimately engineering the picturesque ball movement that led to the milestone in assists.

Canadian Negus Webster-Chan didn’t play much in the win but had a few notable defensive sequences despite only seeing the floor for seven minutes and change.

The team will complete the back end of a home and home with the Nets Sunday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn at 6pm est.

Notes: The bench unit has been a mainstay for coach Stackhouse all season, outscoring their opponents in 40 of 44 games coming into this one…. The 905 were without the services of 6-foot-9 forward CJ Leslie and arguably their best defender in Antwaine Wiggins, who are both nursing injuries… Still solidifying its hold atop the Eastern Conference and maintaining dominance as a championship-contending team, the Raptors 905 remain the only team in the NBA D-League to have clinched a playoff berth thus far this season and also carry the best home and away record in the association.

Written by Jas Grewal

Photos by Robert Ong

Edited by Drew Ebanks

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On Point Interview: Toronto Raptors All-Star Demar Derozan

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On Point was On Location with Nike and some top Canadian Prep & High Schools in Toronto, Canada where we were able to catch up to NBA All-Star and Toronto Raptors top dog Demar Derozan.
Demar talked about his Come Out of Nowhere story as well as topics such as being a role model and inspiration for the young ballers, hard work, fighting doubt and mental toughness. The Compton, California native also dished on the success of players coming out of Canada, specifically Toronto including Andrew Wiggins & Cory Joseph and the impact these and other Canadian ballers are having on the NBA.

“Nike “Come out of Nowhere”
Last year, the impossible happened. A deficit so hopeless, only the extraordinary could conquer it. But a gutty shot and a stunning chase-down block later, and the dream was realized. A championship with its roots in the unexpected has now led to an NBA season where out-of-nowhere triumph is expected.

What will happen this year?

There’s just no predicting this game.”

Schools in attendance
Vaughan Prep, Pine Ridge, Pickering, Athlete Institute, Orangeville Prep, and Lincoln Prep.

Hosted and Produced by Drew Ebanks
Filmed by Reel Motion Imaging
Edited by Aaron Navarro
Graphics by Aaron Navarro and Mark Sylvain

Special thanks to Demar Derozan and Nike for this interview.

Copyright On Point Basketball Inc.

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Another come-from-behind victory for the surging 905

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(MISSISSAUGA) CJ Leslie recorded 20 points and nine rebounds and the scorching-hot Raptors 905 were able to rally past the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 104-93 on Monday in the team’s first-ever Filipino Heritage Night at the Hershey Centre.

The comeback win extended the 905’s NBA D-League streak to six, and solidified its grasp on first place in the Eastern Conference.

Brady Heslip registered 19 points in 36 minutes of action for the Raptors while E.J. Singler pitched in with 15 points to go along with nine rebounds. Edy Tavares sealed his double-double performance of 10 points and 10 rebounds with five blocks in the win.

Trailing by as many as 17 points, the 905 discovered their groove in the second half, outscoring the Vipers 64-45 and limiting them to just 35.6% from the floor in the end. Much of the scoring tirade came from the Canadian sharpshooter, Heslip, who poured 12 of his 19 in the third quarter and finished the night with five trifectas for the home team.

Though the 905 were unable to find their mark on the offensive end – as the club shot just 40% on the night– it was the defensive side where head coach Jerry Stackhouse felt his team held strong after trailing by double-digits at one point early on.

“Our goal was to hold this team [to] under 90 [points],” said Stackhouse, as the 905 came close to achieving that goal, limiting the Vipers to 93 by the end of it. “We pride ourselves on being a really good defensive team and I’m just proud that I can be with this group [as they] just continue to grind and play through each other and for each other.”

Early game frustration caused Leslie to pick up a technical foul after not receiving a call from the officials in the first quarter; something Stackhouse didn’t appear too upset about following the game and even deemed it somewhat necessary for his team’s success.

“He plays with an edge,” he said. “It might seem like he’s frustrated from the look on his face, but I need him with that…I don’t even mind the technical fouls from him, it lets me know he’s engaged and into the game.”

“It’s his fifty bucks if he wants to throw it away,” laughed Stackhouse. “I’m not paying his fine for him, but [again] he brings an edge to this team that nobody else does. We got guys that compete and play with toughness and play with heart, but when he’s playing at a high level, we’re a different team.”

The 905 had six players finish with double-digit scoring and the team totaled 22 assists in the win over. John Jordan and Bruno Caboclo were two of those players, as the duo finished the night with 12 and 10, respectively. Jordan was integral to the team’s second-half resurgence, ultimately locking down Viper guard Darius Morris and limiting him to just 3-for-14 shooting on the night.

For Rio Grande Valley, Gary Payton II had 16 points and nine rebounds in the loss. Isaiah Taylor contributed with 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists in just under 35 minutes of playing time.

Canadian, eh?

Kyle Wiltjer continued his D-League scoring parade, notching a double-double with 23 points and 15 rebounds in close to 40 minutes of action. Wiltjer, a dual citizen of Canada and the United States, has averaged 20.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in 20 games for the Vipers this season after being sent down by the Houston Rockets in mid-November. In his previous game for the Vipers versus the Grand Rapids Drive, the former Gonzaga Bulldog put on quite a spectacle, scoring a career high 40 points to go along with 10 rebounds and connected on seven three pointers.

The 905’s other Canadian Negus Webster-Chan hit on his only shot of the night – a three pointer—in just under four minutes of action.

Next Up

The 905 will begin a five-game road trip beginning on Mar. 1 against the Northern Arizona Suns before its next home game on Mar. 13 against the Austin Spurs at the Air Canada Centre.

Brady Heslip 19pts (including 5 three pointers)

Written by Jas Grewal

Photos by Rob Ong

Edited by Drew Ebanks

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Vancity Showcase relocates to USA due to uncertainty around Trump’s Travel Ban

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Cali vs Canada Showdown goes Saturday March 18th, 2017

(Feb 6, 2017) We are extremely disappointed to announce the relocation of the VanCity High School Basketball Showcase from Canada to the United States, due to the uncertainties surrounding international travel to and from the USA. The VanCity Showcase is not willing to subject Prolific Prep’s international student-athletes to the risks associated with the Trump Administration travel bans and changing US foreign policy.

Prolific Prep’s Director of Operations Phillipe Doherty:
“As a program with players from 8 different countries and with the uncertainties of our new and current administration in Washington DC as it pertains to foreign policy, we feel it is prudent to evaluate and wait for some of these new policies to either be upheld or dissolved by the higher courts in our country, and make decisions after these policies are entrenched in stone.  At this current moment we do not want to subject our kids to uncertainties and constantly changing foreign policies, so we are going to wait until we get more clarity on the new proposed legislations by this current administration on Capital Hill.”

The highly anticipated matchup between Prolific Prep and Orangeville Prep will be renamed the Cali vs Canada Showdown and will be held at Capital Christian School in Sacramento, California, USA on Saturday March 18th, 2017 (7:00 PM PDT/10PM EDT).

Courtesy Cali vs. Canada Showcase

Drew Ebanks

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Axel Toupane to join Edy Tavares and Jerry Stackhouse in New Orleans

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(Mississauga, On) Add Axel Toupane to the short list of Raptors 905 honorees to take part in an NBA D-league All-Star Game, as the league announced Tuesday that the Frenchman will be one of four replacement players for this coming Saturday’s showdown in The Big Easy.

Toupane has arguably been the 905’s best player this season, averaging 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 27 games for the Mississauga-based club. The former Denver Nugget forward has left a lasting impression on coach Stackhouse this season.

“I’m proud of Axel because he was probably one of the hard heads at the very beginning,” laughed Stackhouse. “And he’s still a little hard headed, but at the same time he’s out there and he gives us unbelievable effort and will.”

Coach Stackhouse, his staff, and 7’2” Center Edy Tavares will also represent the 905 and the Eastern Conference in the 10th annual game, which is set to take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans at 2:30 p.m. ET live on NBA TV.

Tavares and Toupane join a select group of Raptors 905 players to make an NBA D-League All-Star roster, with Ronald Roberts Jr. and Scott Suggs carrying the honour of being the franchise’s first two players to ever take part in the League’s showpiece event.

“Within the minutes that they’re [Axel and Edy] playing, they’ve been efficient and again, the result is us winning games,” added Stackhouse. “I think that’s one thing you have to look at, when you look at some of these teams we’re probably four or five games ahead of [them] and getting two all-stars was the right thing.”

Among the list of stand-ins will be Jordan Crawford (Grand Rapids Drive), Alfonzo McKinnie (Windy City Bulls) and Reggie Williams (Oklahoma City Blues).

Ray McCallum (Grand Rapids Drive/Charlotte Hornets), Chris McCullough (Long Island Nets/Brooklyn Nets), and Yogi Ferrell (Long Island Nets/Dallas Mavericks) are ruled ineligible to take part in the contest due to NBA obligations.

Pierre Jackson of the Texas Legends continues to rehab from a left hamstring injury, barring him from participating, as well.

Written by Jas Grewal

Photo by Robert Ong

Edited by Drew Ebanks

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905 rally past Knicks, extend win streak to three games heading into all-star break

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MISSISSAUGA— CJ Leslie’s thunderous jam with 19.3 second left sealed a double-double performance and the victory for Raptors 905 over the visiting Westchester Knicks on Tuesday night at the Hershey Centre.

The 105-99 comeback win extended the club’s NBA D-League streak to three, and solidified its hold on first place in the Eastern Conference.

Leslie, a 6-foot-9 forward, had 25 points and 13 rebounds in just over 31 minutes of action – including 12 points in the third quarter.

First time all-star Edy Tavares chipped in with 16 points and 13 rebounds to go along with five blocks and five steals as the club overcame a poor start.

“In the first-half we weren’t playing defence and the ball wasn’t flowing offensive wise. The main thing was just to get back to what we do,” added Leslie, who willed his team to victory despite the team’s leading scorer Axel Toupane ruled unavailable Tuesday due to injury.

“One thing is that I got to make sure that I have my energy up for these guys. That’s just part of the game. We wanted to make sure that even when the ball stopped we had to keep our energy up,” said Leslie. “That was the main thing.”

The home team was down 55-47 at the half before igniting an early 15-4 third-quarter run to stage the comeback victory. Antwaine Wiggins and Leslie were key components of the momentum swing as the duo combined for 21 of the team’s 39 points in the opening quarter of the second half.

“Everybody played well. It was a great team effort but CJ definitely was the guy tonight,” said head coach Jerry Stackhouse following his team’s six-point triumph over Westchester.

He especially singled out Wiggins.

“[Antwaine] is fun, man. He’s our energy [guy]. I look down and I always say that I don’t play him enough,” said Stackhouse.

“His plus-minus is always off the charts. He does all of the little things; he crashes the boards; he guards; he’s still getting better in his pick-and-roll defence, but overall he’s getting better…he’s the epitome of what we’re about here at [Raptors] 905”

The 905 struggled to find consistent offence in the first two quarters, as the Knicks limited the club to just 38 per cent (19/50) from the floor and challenged the Raptors to knock down contested outside jumpers.

Evidently, the Mississauga-based team was unable to find the mark from beyond the three-point line, hitting on only two trifectas in 15 attempts early on.

Despite struggling to contain Von Wafer and John Jenkins, as the pair combined for 26 first-half points, the 905 were able to stay within striking distance at the midway point of the game due to a strong 32 point effort inside the paint by the home club.

Tavares carried much of the offensive load, registering 12 of his 16 points in the opening two quarters and, with the aid of Leslie, helped spearhead the team’s 66-32 dominance inside the paint by the end of it.

Canadians Negus Webster-Chan and Brady Heslip combined for 20 points on the night, with Heslip recording 12 of those points in just under 35 minutes of action.

Wafer led the Knicks in the scoring column with 23 points, while Jenkins added 22 points and eight rebounds in the loss for Westchester, who fall to 14-20 on the season.

NOTES: Axel Toupane & Will Sheehey missed tonight’s action due to injury…Delon Wright and Fred VanVleet were both inactive as the pair were with parent club Toronto Raptors Tuesday in Chicago.

All-Star Edy Tavares 16pts 13rebs

Written by Jas Grewal

Photo by Robert Ong

Edited by Drew Ebanks

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Canadian Basketball Pioneers Olga Hrycak & Todd MacCulloch To Be Honoured

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Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame Welcomes 2017 Induction Class

TORONTO, ON (February 14, 2017) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce that Olga Hrycak and Todd MacCulloch will be inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame.

“Both Olga and Todd have made significant contributions to the sport of basketball,” said Michele O’Keefe, President & CEO of Canada Basketball. “Their positive influences on the development of Canadian basketball can be seen through their professional careers as well as their community involvement. It is with great pride that Canada will witness these two dedicated individuals inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame.”

Throughout her 48-year career, Hrycak (Montreal, QC) consistently made Canadian history on and off the court.  As a pioneer for female coaches in basketball, in 1984 she became one of the first females to be part of a men’s Olympic coaching staff and she was the first female to be an assistant coach with the Canadian National Team (1985-1987). Hrycak was also the first woman in North America to lead a men’s university team, winning two provincial championships (2006 and 2010).

“I must acknowledge and express my appreciation to all the players, coaches and administrators who believed in me and helped me achieve my successes,” Hrycak said. “Also, to Canada Basketball and all those individuals responsible for my nomination for this prestigious recognition, please accept my deepest and sincere appreciation for your acknowledgment of my dedication to the game.”

Hrycak’s notable contributions to gender equality in sport management mirror her great successes as an educator, mentor and role model in her community. She has received numerous achievement awards for her talent as a coach and exceptional community involvement.

MacCulloch (Winnipeg, MB), currently recognized by the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame and Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, is one of the greatest centers in our country’s history. Representing the Canadian National Team 93 times, including the 2000 Olympic team, the seven-footer challenged many all-time records during his time at the University of Washington. He also became a household name in 1999 when he was drafted into the NBA by the Philadelphia 76ers. His career also saw him start for the New Jersey Nets.

“I was humbled and honoured when I heard the incredible news that I was going to be inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame,” said MacCulloch. “My ultimate goal as a high school basketball player in Manitoba was merely to make Canada’s National Team and compete in the Olympics.  To now be getting inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame is an unbelievable, incredible honour and one that I am immensely proud of.”

MacCulloch’s NBA career was cut short in 2003 after being diagnosed with a medical condition that affected his ability to play basketball professionally. Through this adversity, he continued to dedicate his vast knowledge and passion for the game by starting the Todd MacCulloch Hoop School Program – an initiative designed to teach basic basketball skills to inner city youth.

Both inductees will be honoured at The Sport Gallery in Toronto during a ceremony on May 18, 2017.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Drew Ebanks

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Jared Sullinger impresses in 2nd game for Raptors 905 who improve to 24-9 on the Season

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The Raptors 905 continued their winning ways with a wire-to-wire victory at home over the Canton Charge, avenging a home loss to the same team on January January 4th. With the win, the team improves to 24-9 and sits atop the NBA D League’s Eastern Conference, two and a half games ahead of the Maine Red Claws.

The 118-88 final score was indicative of the kind and extent of a beat down the team representing Mississauga put on the 18-15 Charge.

The game was also the second appearance for Toronto Raptors forward Jared Sullinger, who continues to work his way back into game shape after injury woes.

The 905 set the tone on the defensive end from the opening tip off as they held Canton to 16 points in the first quarter on 31 percent shooting and led 33-16 after the first frame.

Head coach Jerry Stackhouse, impressed with his team’s effort on the defensive end, also praised the leadership and offensive execution of the team out of gate lead by Sullinger and Fred VanVleet.

“Guys came out with a ton of energy on the offensive end. We had a good talk with Sully and Fred tonight about leading this group. We got some real soldiers on this team; guys that fall right in line. I thought that they did a good job of leading us on the defensive end and on the offensive end and we shared it. I couldn’t be more proud of this group.”

 

The 905 continued their solid play in the second frame, taking a 60-44 lead into the half, led by All-Star Edy Tavares’ 10 points and Canadian Brady Heslip who had 9 points at the break off of 3 threes. Sullinger ended the first half with 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. He would finish the game with a double-double of 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists on 6-11 shooting including 2-for-2 from the three point line in the game.

The home squad continued to dominate after three quarters, leading by 20 at that point and the fourth quarter was insignificant as the game’s result in the 905’s favour was never in doubt.

With that said, Stackhouse was really proud of the effort the team put forth for the entire game and praised his team for the outcome.

“Just a great group of guys, great effort, played together for the whole game. Finally put it together for 48 minutes. You know we’ve had a couple, three quarters and got some separation from teams and allowed them to come back. I thought tonight we fought for 48 straight minutes. “

As for Sullinger, Coach Stackhouse praised the forward for working the game from the inside out while looking for his teammates all game.

“I think it was a great effort for him. I think for him it’s about not proving anything to anything to anybody else. Now he’s proving it to himself. “

Sullinger, an Ohio State Buckeye alum, felt good about his game, especially the way the team was sharing the basketball.

“I just made the extra pass and I mean I thought we set the tone early when we moved the ball. We found Edy I think for like three dunks in the first three minutes and that kinda set that tone and that we’re moving the ball.”

“I think we did a great job all night. We made the extra pass and got even better shots. We’re just playing team basketball”, added Sullinger.

About playing “down” with the 905, he had this to say.

“At the end of the day basketball is basketball. I don’t care if I’m at Lifetime. I don’t care if I’m at the YMCA. I don’t care if I’m at the Boys & Girls Club. I want to play 5-on-5. The only way for me to get in basketball shape is to play 5-on-5. At the end of the day you’ve got to put your pride to the side and find a way to get better and that’s what I’m doing. “

The crowds for Raptors 905 haven’t always been large or that boisterous this season but it was a factor tonight, and coach Stackhouse felt it.

“Aw man, it was awesome. I felt it before the game. Probably one of the most lively crowds we had all season. Felt like a great atmosphere; you know on a Saturday night for them to come and support these guys, and they’ve earned it. Everybody knows the Raptors have the best fans in the league and now some of them are starting to trickle down to Mississauga and we’re enjoying that. “ said Stackhouse.

All-Star Tavares finished the game with a 16-point, 10 rebound double-double, shooting 7-for-8 (.875) in a solid effort from the Center spot.

Brady Heslip (18pts, 5-8 3pt fg)

CANADIAN CONTENT:

Canadians Brady Heslip and Negus Webster Chan had solid games. Heslip, one of the league’s top shooters, had a team-high 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 5-of-8 from behind the arc. Webster-Chan came in off the bench and was productive in his 15:13 minutes of playing time, notching 6 points while hauling in 3 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists.

Game Notes:

-Raptors 905 outrebounded the Charge 49-34

-Raptors 905 out-assisted the Charge 25-18

Raptors 905 shot 45-89 (.506) and held the Charge to 40.5% shooting

-Raptors 905 had 10 steals in the game and committed 14 turnovers

-Raptors 905 went 17-36 from 3-point land. (.472)

Next Game: Home game on Tuesday February 14th at 7:30pm vs. the Westchester Knicks. This is the team’s last game before the NBA D League All-Star game.

Written and edited by Drew Ebanks

Photo by Robert Ong

 

 

 

 

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56 Athletes Invited to 2017 March Women’s Age-Group Assessment Camp

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TORONTO, ON (February 8, 2017) – Fifty-six athletes from across Canada have been invited to take part in the women’s national age-group assessment camp, to be held at Humber College (Toronto, ON) and University of Toronto Mississauga (Mississauga, ON) from March 24-30, 2017.

“We look forward bringing this group of new and returning nationally identified athletes into our camp, to see them compete and provide direction on their individual performance plans,” said Denise Dignard, director of women’s high performance.

“As we kick-off a new Olympic quadrennial this summer, continued assessment and development of our athletes at all levels is key in moving Canada forward on the international scale.”

The purpose of this camp is to provide a national training environment with international focus to top identified athletes in a variety of age-groups ranging from those born in 1998 and later. This process will aid in identifying athletes to be invited to the U16 and U19 national team programs.

Canada’s age-group girls are ranked 4th in the world by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). Canada’s U16 squad will head to Argentina for the U16 FIBA Americas Championship for women this upcoming June. The U19 team will compete at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championships in Udine and Cividale del Friuli, Italy, in July.

A full list of invited athletes below.

2017 MARCH AGE GROUP ASSESSMENT CAMP INVITEES
NAME YOB HOMETOWN SCHOOL
Carly Ahlstrom 2000 Calgary, AB Centennial HS
Georgia Alexander 2000 Victoria, BC Oak Bay HS
Laeticia Amihere 2001 Mississauga, ON King’s Christian Collegiate
Niyah Becker 2000 Winnipeg, MB Vincent Massey Collegiate
Clara Bergeron 2002 Boucherville, QC Riverains St. Jean sur Richelieu
Brianna Breedy 2000 Ajax, ON Pickering HS
Hailey Brown 1999 Hamilton, ON TRC Academy
Julia Chadwick 2000 Ottawa, ON Durham Elite
Kenya Cote-Lysius 2001 St. Constant, QC Lucien-Page HS
Micah Dennis 2001 Toronto, ON Northern SS
Emily Dewey 1999 Regina, SK Campbell Collegiate
Kennedy Dickie 2001 Kelowna, BC Kelowna SS
Laura Donovan 2000 London, ON Lucas AB
Sarah Donovan 1999 London, ON Lucas AB
Kayla Drummond 2002 Toronto, ON North Toronto CI
Aaliyah Edwards 2002 Kingston, ON Frontenac SS
Yvonne Ejim 2002 Calgary, AB St. Elizabeth Seaton
Makayla Ennis 2001 Brampton, ON TRC Academy
Taisha Exanor 1999 Saint-Laurent, QC St. Laurent
Rachel Farwell 2000 Rothesay, NB Kennebecasis Valley High
Louise Forsyth 1999 Langley, BC Brookswood SS
Mikayla Funk 2000 Winkler, MB Northlands Parkway Collegiate
Naomi Ganpo 2000 Mississauga, ON Guelph Prep
Raizel Guinto 1999 Winnipeg, MB Sisler HS
Hanna Hall 1999 Hamilton, ON Lincoln Prep
Kaillie Hall 2001 Stoney Creek, ON Lincoln Prep
Taya Hanson 2000 Kelowna, BC TRC Academy
Dana Inglis 1999 Winnipeg, MB Shaftesbury HS
Alyssa Jerome 1999 Toronto, ON Harbord CI
Cassandra Joli-Coeur 2002 Brockville, ON Ange-Gabriel Catholic
Justina King 2000 Scarborough, ON Bill Crothers SS
Myriam Leclerc 1998 St. Roche-de-Rickelieu, QC Ste. Foy CEGEP
Briar MacDonald 2001 Antigonish, NS Antigonish Regional HS
Laura MacKinnon 2002 Bedford NS CP Allen High School
Roxane Makolo 2000 St. Hubert, QC Gerard-Filion
Rebecca Marzan Demeke 2002 Toronto, ON St. Joseph’s College
Brynn Masikewich 2001 Calgary, AB St. Francis SS
Kate Moran 2000 Waterloo, ON TRC Academy
Olivia Morgan-Cherchas 2001 Kamloops, BC South Kamloops SS
Christina Morra 2000 Mississauga, ON King’s Christian Collegiate
Donna Ntambue 2001 Montreal, QC Lucien-Page HS
Kylee O’Hara 2000 Ajax, ON Durham Elite
Shaina Pellington 1999 Pickering, ON Durham Elite
Aiden Rainford 1999 Toronto, ON Lincoln Prep
Merissah Russell 2002 Ottawa, ON Longfields-Davison Heights SS
Kyla Shand 1999 Saskatoon, SK Holy Cross
Claire Signatovich 2001 Winnipeg, MB Oak Park HS
Ella Stanley 2001 St. Albert, AB Paul Kane HS
Sage Stobbart 1999 North Vancouver, BC Seycove HS
Sarah Te-Biasu 2001 Montreal, QC Lucien-Page HS
Lisa Tesson 2002 Montreal, QC Lucien-Page HS
Andrea Torres 1998 Terrebonne, QC Montmorency CEGEP
Deanna Tuchscherer 2001 Chilliwack, BC GW Graham SS
Maryama Turkstra 2002 Dundas, ON Blessed Sacrament
Keishana Washington 2000 Pickering, ON Durham Elite
Aerial Wilson 2001 Dundas, ON TRC Academy

 

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Drew Ebanks

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Raptors 905 Big Man Edy Tavares selected for NBA D-League All-Star Game

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MISSISSAUGA – The NBA D-League announced February 6th that Raptors 905 Center Edy Tavares has been selected to represent the Eastern Conference club during All-Star weekend in New Orleans on Feb. 18.

The former 2014 second-round draft pick of the Atlanta Hawks is posting season averages of 10.5 points and 7.6 rebounds on 59.8% from the floor in 31 games with the 905.

Tavares has been an integral part of the club’s defensive identity, ranking second in the league in rejections at 2.4 per game and totaling 75 blocks on the season.

The Mississauga-based team acquired Tavares this past November after the Cape Verdean big man was waived by the Atlanta Hawks on Oct. 31 after playing in only 12 games with club since being drafted.

The 24-year old will join Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse in New Orleans for the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire, which will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Prior to being drafted into the NBA, the 7’2” big man played in Liga Española de Baloncesto (Spanish league) for UB La Palma from 2011-2012 before playing three seasons in Spain’s top-tier league, Liga ACB, for Herbalife Gran Canaria.

In just its second season in the NBA D-League, the 905 sit atop the Eastern Conference standings at 24-9 and carry a league-best 12-2 road record (.857), with its only losses away from the Hershey Centre coming in early February.

Tavares will be the third-ever Raptors 905 player to make an NBA D-League All-Star roster with Ronald Roberts Jr. and Scott Suggs being the first two players from the Canadian-based club to carry that honour in the team’s inaugural season last year.

Written by Jas Grewal

Photo by Team On Point’s Fazlur Malik of Faz Visions

Edited by Drew Ebanks

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