18 Athletes Selected to Attend Senior Men’s National Team Training & Selection Camp

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TORONTO, ON (August 18, 2017) – Canada Basketball’s Men’s High Performance program is pleased to announce the 18 athletes who will attend the Senior Men’s National Team training and selection camp at the BioSteel Centre in Toronto from August 19-24.

“We are excited to begin our journey to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 with the first test being the FIBA AmeriCup 2017,” said Roy Rana, Head Coach. “We are thankful for the opportunity to represent our country, look forward to competing for an Americas Championship and build towards November with an even deeper pool of talent.”

Rana will be joined by assistant coaches Craig Beaucamp, Jack Sikma, Michael Meeks and Nathaniel Mitchell.

The FIBA AmeriCup 2017 will be played from August 25 to September 3, 2017 and brings together America’s best 12 men’s national teams.

Canada will be part of Group B in Bahía Blanca, Argentina and will take on the United States Virgin Islands on August 27 before facing Argentina and Venezuela to conclude the group phase. The top team in each group will advance to the Final Four of the FIBA AmeriCup 2017.

“The FIBA AmeriCup 2017 is an opportunity for the program to assess our athlete pool and identify players to potentially join the team for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers in November,” said Jay Triano, Senior Men’s National Team Program Head Coach.

Following the FIBA AmeriCup 2017, Canada’s pursuit of a FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 berth will continue with the Americas Qualifiers where 16 teams will compete for seven World Cup spots.

Canada will face Bahamas, Dominican Republic and the United States Virgin Islands in Group D.  Each team will compete against the other three teams on a home and away basis with Canada hosting the first game against Bahamas in Halifax, NS on November 24, 2017.

Canada’s men are currently ranked 8th in the Americas and 24th globally.

Tryouts and training are closed to the public. Media are invited to post-practice scrums on the following dates. Please RSVP to mwalker@basketball.ca.

Practices will take place at the BioSteel Centre (20 British Columbia Rd, Toronto, ON).

MEDIA AVAILABILITIES

Sunday, August 20
1:45 p.m. Gym Opens
2:00 p.m. Availability

Tuesday, August 22
2:15 p.m. Gym Opens
2:30 p.m. Availability

Thursday, August 24
1:45 p.m. Gym Opens
2:00 p.m. Availability

*All times are EDT and subject to change

2017 SMNT TRAINING CAMP LIST

Name        Position Height Hometown 2016-17 Team
Jermaine Anderson Guard 6’2 Toronto, ON Chalons-Reims (France)
Brady Heslip Guard 6’2 Oakville, ON Raptors 905 (G-League)
Nazareth Mitrou-Long Guard 6’4 Mississauga, ON Iowa State (NCAA)
Dyshawn Pierre Small Forward 6’6 Whitby, ON Banco di Srd (Italy)
Murphy Burnatowski Power Forward 6’7 Kitchener, ON Fribourg (Switzerland)
Joel Anthony Centre 6’9 Montreal, QC San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
Ammanuel Diressa Guard 6’5 Toronto, ON Ryerson University (U SPORTS)
Warren Ward Guard 6’5 London, ON Windsor Express (NBL)
Daniel Mullings Guard 6’3 Toronto, ON Kataja Basket (Finland)
Olivier Hanlan Guard 6’4 Gatineau, QC Le Mans (France)
Ransford Brempong Power Forward 6’8 Brampton, ON SB Battle (USA)
Xavier Rathan-Mayes Guard 6’4 Scarborough, ON Florida State (NCAA)
Junior Cadougan Guard 6’2 Toronto, ON London Lightning (NBL)
Justin Edwards Guard 6’3 Scarborough, ON Betaland Cdo (Italy)
Richard Amardi Forward 6’9 Toronto, ON Niagara River Lions (NBL)
Grandy Glaze Forward 6’7 Toronto, ON Caballeros de Culiacan (Mexico)
Joel Friesen Guard 6’4 Abbotsford, BC London Lightning (NBL)
Andrew Nicholson Power Forward 6’9 Mississauga, ON Washington Wizards /
Brooklyn Nets (NBA)

2017 SMNT STAFF LIST

Name Position Hometown
Roy Rana Head Coach Toronto, ON
Craig Beaucamp Assistant Coach Victoria, BC
Jack Sikma Assistant Coach Kankakee, Illinois
Michael Meeks Assistant Coach Brampton, ON
Nathaniel Mitchell Assistant Coach Toronto, ON
Kelly Forbes Performance Consultant Calgary, AB
Jay Triano SMNT Program Head Coach Tillsonburg, ON
David Grundman Team Manager Toronto, ON
Dipesh Mistry Video Coordinator Markham, ON
Phil Jevtovic Performance Analyst Toronto, ON
Samuel Gibbs Athletic Therapist Toronto, ON
Jason Meehan Athletic Therapist Toronto, ON
Charlie Weingroff Strength and Conditioning Coach Newark, NJ
John Philpott Team Doctor Miramichi, NB

2017 SMNT SCHEDULE

ITEM DATES LOCATION
Training Camp August 19-August 24 Toronto, ON, Canada
Training in Argentina August 26 Bahía Blanca, Argentina
FIBA Americup 2017
  • August 27 vs. Virgin Islands
  • August 28 vs. Argentina
  • August 29 vs. Venezuela
  • Semifinals
  • Finals
Bahía Blanca, Argentina

 

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Drew Ebanks

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Ball or Fall 21, 5-on-5 men’s tournament for $2500 cash goes Saturday August 19th, 2017

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Canada defeats Brazil 84-45 in the FIBA Women’s Americup Semifinals

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CANADA SECURES SPOT IN SUNDAY’S FINAL, QUALIFIES FOR FIBA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WORLD CUP 2018

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (August 12, 2017) – The Senior Women’s National Team defeated Brazil 84-45 in the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2017semifinals Saturday night. With the win, Canada advances to Sunday’s gold medal game where they will face the winner of the second semifinal between Argentina and Puerto Rico.

The victory also qualifies Canada for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 in Spain.

Nirra Fields and Kia Nurse each had a game high of 16 points while Miranda Ayim added 15 points and eight rebounds. Shay Colley and Michelle Plouffe also chipped in seven points each in Canada’s win.

Click here for the box score

Canada established a 24-12 lead after the first quarter. Leading Brazil 41-22 at the half, Canada pulled away in the second half en route to a 39-point win.

Click here for the full team roster.

Canada’s Kia Nurse (#5)

The victory over Brazil was Canada’s second consecutive at the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup (formerly FIBA Americas Championship for Women). In their previous meeting, Canada defeated Brazil 83-66 in the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship for Women, snapping a streak of six straight head-to-head victories for Brazil that began in 1999.

While the team will be focused on defending their title from 2015, Canada has also clinched a berth in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup (formerly FIBA World Championship for Women) in Spain from September 22-30, 2018.

The biggest international women’s basketball competition, the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup brings together the 16 best teams from across FIBA’s four regions – Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe.

Canada finished fifth in the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women(Istanbul and Ankara – Turkey). However, their highest finish on the world stage is a pair of bronze medals in 1986 (Vilnius, Minsk, Moscow – Soviet Union) and1979 (Seoul – Korea).

Canada’s Michelle Plouffe (#15)

QUOTES

“We’re really happy to be qualifying for our fourth consecutive world championships and that’s the first and foremost goal coming into these FIBA Americas tournaments. So to be heading into the final, we’re excited about that. It was fun to watch eight different players hit threes and see our bigs come up with some nice plays. I just thought we played really well as a team. We showed some good improvement from the last game we played and we’ll have to show some more improvement tomorrow in the final. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with how we played.”                            – Lisa Thomaidis, Head Coach

 

“It was a really fun game to play. I feel like all the work we’ve been doing in the group play all came together tonight and we just need to continue on this road for the game tomorrow.”                                                               -Miranda Ayim 

UP NEXT

*****Canada moves on to the finals and will face either Argentina on Sunday, August 13 at 8:35 PM ET. The game will be live streamed on FIBA’s YouTube Channel. Click here for the complete tournament schedule.*****

Article and photos Courtesy Canada Basketball

Drew Ebanks

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Tristan Thompson Basketball Camp August 19th-20th, 2017

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This summer, Basketball World Toronto presents your chance to meet former NBA Champion and Team Canada Veteran, Tristan Thompson! Tristan is hosting a 2-day camp on Aug 19-20 at Ryerson University’s Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Address: 50 Carlton Street Toronto, On M5B-1J2

Register today! www.bwt.ca/tristanthompsoncamp

Please use the Discount code BWT15.
In order to receive the discount, customers must enter the code BWT15 when prompted in the registration process. This will take the original cost of $225 down to $210.

 

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

Tristan will attend camp each day, interacting with the campers, teaching, signing autographs and participating in select games. BWT’s commitment to age-specific drills and activities will provide each camper with a unique set of tools that are not traditionally taught in typical basketball camps.

  • 2 day camp (Saturday & Sunday) of high quality basketball training, conditioning, strength training and concepts
  • High level coaching Instruction
  • Camp emphasizes teaching fundamental basketball skills, character development, team play, and more
  • Meet Tristan Thompson, receive an autograph, take some pictures and win great prizes!

LOCATIONS & TIMES

  • Date – Saturday August 19th & Sunday August 20th, 2017
  • Time – 10:00am – 2:00pm
    • Drop Off – 9:30am – 9:45am
    • Pick Up – 2:00pm – 2:30pm

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Team Ontario Men Win Gold, Women Silver at Canada Games

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Ontario Basketball’s U17 Team Ontario Men claimed a gold medal and the Women’s team won silver at the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg.

The Canada Games are a national multi-sport youth games including athletes from across many sports representing their provinces every four years.

“Another great showing for our province’s athletes demonstrates the high level of play we’ve come to expect with our high performance programs,” said Ontario Basketball executive director Jason Jansson. “The Canada Games are a significant stage and we enjoyed following the success of our Team O teams with the rest of our fans on TSN and the live streams. Congrats to all our medallists and coaches.”

In the Womens’ final Ontario started strong in the physical affair using a zone defence to protect the paint from Quebec’s penetrating guards and led 32-30 at halftime. Despite starting the final frame with a seven-point lead Ontario gave up a 19-1 run during the fourth as Quebec stunned the team and the crowd running away with the gold medal with an impressive performance. Kudos to Quebec for a game well played!

Team Ontario had a balanced attack led by the 13 points from Julia Chadwick, and the eight point, 10 rebound performance by Christina Morra. FULL BOXSCORE HERE.

Ontario’s U17 men played Alberta in the Canada Games final and jumped out to a 26-11 first-quarter lead and continued to dominate in their most impressive performance of the tournament, leading by as many as 30 points capped off by a steal and dunk by Emanuel Miller to end the third frame on the way to gold.

In all, five players hit double-figures led by 20 points and eight rebounds from Jaden Bediako. Joel Brown chipped in 15, Emanuel Miller 14, and Connor Vreeken 13. FULL BOXSCORE HERE.

For full results from basketball at the Canada Games click here.

At last year’s 2016 National U17 Championships Ontario’s women won gold and the men settled for silver.

The medal-winning performances cap off an excellent summer for our provincial teams that also saw the U15 boys and girls win gold at Canada Basketball’s national championships.

Courtesy Ontario Basketball Association

Drew Ebanks

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Kia Nurse’s homecoming game, UCONN vs. Duquesne at the Mattamy, Friday December 22nd, 2017

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The UConn Huskies women’s basketball team will be travelling to Toronto and will square-off against Duquesne at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (Former Maple Leaf Gardens) on Friday December 22nd, 2017 at 7pm in a scheduled homecoming game for its senior Kia Nurse for the 2017-18 season.

“I am so thankful and beyond excited to play a homecoming game this year! Having the chance to play in front of family and friends who would not otherwise get the chance is incredible,” Nurse said. “Getting the chance to inspire young Canadian basketball players is an added bonus!”

The game will played in the bowl (under the dome) and tickets are now on sale!

Click HERE for tickets.

Kia Nurse (#11) & Gabby Williams (#15)

Media contact:

Zandra Alexander
Media Relations Officer, Public Affairs
Office: 416-979-5000 x 4282
zandra.alexander@ryerson.ca

Courtesy of Ryerson University

Photos Courtesy of Ryerson University & University of Connecticut

Drew Ebanks

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Canada takes home first ever U19 medal, downing Japan 67-60

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Canada finished an historic run to a medal in the FIBA U19 World Cup with a thrilling 67-60 victory over Japan, claiming Bronze while finishing 6-1 in the tournament.

Canada, looking to set the tone, began the game with yet another slow start, which allowed Japan to get up early.  They contained the Canadians well for the majority of the first quarter defensively.

Enter Laeticia Amihere, who was named a FIBA tournament ‘All-Star Five’ along with two Americans and two Russians and as she had done throughout the week, Amihere entered the game and changed the tempo for the Canadians on both sides of the ball.

Early on Amihere cut through the paint, then hit Alyssa Jerome for a wide-open three to take the lead in the game for the first time.

Canada’s Hanna Hall finished the first hitting a buzzer beating jumper as Canada led 14-10 looking like the team that was non existent vs. Russia.

Canada were hustling to start the second and played with a sense of urgency that gave them multiple second chance opportunities to maintain a consistent six point lead throughout.

Canada’s help defense also excelled against Japan, which allowed them to seize control of the game.

With Japan right on the heels of the Canadians as they cut the lead to one, the Canadians pushed the lead back up as they ended the half on another buzzer beater, this time by Jerome off the backboard. Canada took a 33-27 lead at halftime.

After the break, Canada’s lead just wouldn’t be more than six points, as both teams were trying to win the Bronze medal.

Japan went on an 8-0 run to regain the lead, which they maintained throughout the third quarter but Canada’s Aislinn Konig’s three-pointer cut the Japan lead to 39-38.

With a late surge in the third, Hall’s three gave the lead to Canada, 45-43. With the clock running out, Canada had the ball and they got another buzzer beater, this time by Kendra Van Leeuwen, as the Canadian bench went crazy.  Canada held on to a slim 50-45 lead after three.

Japan jumped out with two quick buckets early in the fourth, but as Canada shot a lot better in the game, allowing them to maintain their lead in the fourth.

Canada was able to hold on and capture the Bronze medal, their first ever in the competition, behind another double-double performance (13pts, 10rebs) by Laeticia Amihere.

Team Canada Bench cheering on their teammates

Top Performers

Laeticia Amihere – 13 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block

Hailey Brown – 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists

Hanna Hall – 10 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists

Kendra Van Leeuwen – 8 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal

Alyssa Jerome – 6 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 3 blocks

Written by Mark Williamson

Photo Courtesy Canada Basketball

Edited by Drew Ebanks

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Canada’s U19 Women come up short vs. Russia, Face Japan for Bronze

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CANADA LOSES BIG TO RUSSIA 65-41

It was certainly not the game Canada was hoping for in the 2017 Women’s FIBA U19 World Championship Semi-Finals, going down 65-41 to a strong Russian team.

What appeared as two evenly matched countries wasn’t the case after the first quarter. Down 8-0 in the opening two minutes, Alyssa Jerome hit Canada’s only three of the game. Hailey Brown followed with a mid-range jumper cutting the deficit to 8-5.

That was as close as Canada would get for the rest of the game.  The Russians were getting far too many open looks at the basket and easy buckets.

Any time the Canadians would tack on a bucket, Russia came down and hit a three. Then Canada would miss a shot, Russia with another three.

Down 29-12, Canada called timeout, but they couldn’t seem to get anything going on offence as the Russia lead increased in the fist half and Canada finished down 43-17 at the break.

Facing a dreadful daunting 26-point deficit at halftime, Canada hadn’t seen this big of a deficit in the tournament and definitely couldn’t get out of it by the end.

Canada’s Hailey Brown

A poor shooting performance by Canada’s starters, who shot a combined 7/40 from the field (17.5%) as well as being out-matched in the rebounding department (58-42) didn’t help their cause as Russia dominated all game.

Prior to the semi-finals, Russia’s Captain Raisa Musina averaged 12.4 points and 12.4 rebounds, Maria Vadeeva averaged 18 points and 13.8 rebounds per game and both were going to pose serious problems for Canada

Sure enough, they both combined for 35 points and 27 rebounds in the game.

The only bright spot for Canada came in the fourth, where they finished on a 15-2 run in the final five minutes to make the gap in the score more respectable.

The Canadian women will have to move past this loss to Russia as tough as it was and hope for Bronze. An amazing run has impressed many with how the Canadian women have played in this tournament. A few areas to improve but nonetheless, they should hold their heads and spirits high.

Canada will face Japan in the Bronze Medal game on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 12:30pm EST. Japan is going to be a tough opponent as they lead Canada in almost every statistical category. They lost a relatively close one, 73-66, to the United States Saturday in the other semi-final.

Top Performers

Hailey Brown – 7 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

Sarah Donovan – 6 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal

Laeticia Amihere – 4 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

Alyssa Jerome – 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists

Written by Mark Williamson

Photo Courtesy Canada Basketball

Edited by Drew Ebanks

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Senior Women’s Team Announces FIBA Americup 2017 Roster

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SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
ANNOUNCES FIBA AMERICUP 2017 ROSTER

12 ATHLETES SELECTED TO REPRESENT CANADA IN ARGENTINA

TORONTO, ON (July 28, 2017) – Canada Basketball’s Women’s High Performance Program is pleased to announce the final roster for the Senior Women’s National Team set to compete at the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“In this first year of the Tokyo quadrennial we have assessed a number of athletes and are pleased to confirm the twelve that will make up the best team for the 2017 FIBA Women’s Americup,” said Denise Dignard, Director, Women’s High Performance. “We look forward to travelling to Argentina to compete for a spot in the 2018 FIBA World Cup.”

Lisa Thomaidis takes the helm in her fifth year as Head Coach and is joined by assistant coaches Shawnee Harle and Steve Baur.

The team is currently training at the Saville Centre (11610 65 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB) until Tuesday, August 1st and will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina for additional training from August 3-5 to prior to the tournament.

Canada tips-off tournament play at the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2017 against 14th ranked Cuba on Sunday, August 6 at 5:45 PM ET.
The top three teams from the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2017 will qualify for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 in Spain.
Canada’s Senior Women’s National team is currently ranked 2nd in the Americas and 6th in the world by FIBA.
Media are invited to post-practice scrums on the following dates. Please RSVP to mwalker@basketball.ca.

MEDIA AVAILABILITIES

Saturday, July 29
4:45 p.m. Gym Opens
5:00 p.m. Availability

Tuesday, August 1
4:45 p.m. Gym Opens
5:00 p.m. Availability

*All times are MDT and subject to change
The full staff list, roster and schedule can be found below. Follow Canada Basketball on Twitter for game streaming details and live game coverage.
2017 SWNT AMERICUP ROSTER

# Name       Position Height Hometown Club/School (17-18)
9 Miranda Ayim Forward 6’3” London, ON Basket Landes (France)
8 Bridget Carleton Guard 6’1” Chatham, ON Iowa State (NCAA)
13 Shay Colley Guard 5’9” Brampton, ON Michigan State (NCAA)
6 Laura Dally Guard 6’0” Sarnia, ON Unattached
10 Nirra Fields Guard 5’8” Montreal, QC Uni Gyor (Hungary)
22 Ruth Hamblin Centre 6’6” Houston, BC Adelaide Lightning (Australia)
7 Sami Hill Guard 5’10” Toronto, ON Unattached
4 Miah-Marie Langlois Point Guard 5’8” Windsor, ON Enisey Krasnoyarski Kraj (Russia)
5 Kia Nurse Guard 6’0” Hamilton, ON UConn (NCAA)
14 Katherine Plouffe Forward 6’3” Edmonton, AB Bourges (France)
15 Michelle Plouffe Forward 6’3” Edmonton, AB Unattached
12 Jamie Scott Guard 5’10” Clarkston, WA Ferrol (Spain)

2017 SWNT STAFF LIST

Name Position Hometown
Lisa Thomaidis Head Coach Saskatoon, SK
Shawnee Harle Assistant Coach Calgary, AB
Steve Baur Assistant Coach Sackville, NS
Max Hirst Performance Analysis Coordinator Collingwood, ON
Rhonda Shishkin Physiotherapist Saskatoon, SK
Danielle Dobney Athletic Therapist Toronto, ON
Bryce Tully Mental Performance Coach Halifax, NS
Marni Wesner Lead Physician Edmonton, AB
Anne Marie Thuss Team Manager Hamilton, ON
Bailey Williams Press Officer Toronto, ON
Denise Dignard Director, Women’s High Performance Toronto, ON
Mike MacKay Performance Manager, Women’s High Performance Truro, NS

2017 SWNT SCHEDULE

DATE ITEM LOCATION
July 24-August 1 Training Camp Edmonton, AB, Canada
August 2-3 Travel Buenos Aires, Argentina
August 3-5 Training in Argentina
August 6-13 FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2017
August 6 Canada vs. Cuba @5:45 PM ET
August 7 Canada vs. Puerto Rico @ 8:05 PM ET
August 8 Canada vs. Mexico @ 3:05 PM ET
August 10 Canada vs. Paraguay @ 12:35 PM ET
August 12 Semi-Finals
August 13 Final Round
August 14-15 Return to Canada Canada

 

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Drew Ebanks

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Canada takes down China 68-65 to advance to the FIBA U19 World Cup Semis

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CANADA WINS A TIGHT ONE VS CHINA 68-65 FACES RUSSIA IN SEMI-FINALS

Shaina Pellington, who returned to the lineup after sitting out Team Canada’s game Wednesday vs. Mexico, made her presence felt early in the first as she spun off her defender and pulled up for a jumper to take the lead.  Then on her next possession, Pellington scored quickly forcing China to call a timeout, down 6-2.

After the timeout, China outscored Canada in the first 19-4 behind Jiaqi Wang & Yu Tang who combined 14 points while shooting 67%.

Canada shot a dreadful 28% from the field, with an offense that looked hurried, while playing sloppy with the ball as well with six turnovers.

The Chinese women were longer than Canada making a tougher match-up for their offense. China’s defense was stellar, which led to consistent transition points from errant passes by Canada and long rebounds at times.

Canada’s weakest area in the tournament was free throw shooting (lowest percentage) but they started out well going 4/4 from the charity stripe, finishing on the night 9/12.

Hailey Brown had an incredibly tough match-up as China’s Center 6′ 9″ Xu Han, but despite the height disadvantage Brown controlled the low post on defense making sure China had no easy buckets while doing a great job boxing out the Chinese offensive players.

After a Canada timeout with under six minutes left in the frame, Hall with the shot clock running out passed beautifully to Laeticia Amihere for a big basket.

Amihere once again, showing the world her fabulous footwork, scored again which leas to China calling a timeout, while trying to kill any momentum that Canada may have had.

Canada’s Laeticia Amihere

After the break, both China and Canada played excellent competitive basketball, going back and forth, more aggressive defense, smarter passing and better shots.

China’s Xu Han began to become an issue for the Canadian defense in the low post as she picked up a quick seven points. She finished the night with 19 points, 14 rebounds and 7 blocked shots, all primarily coming in the second half.

Once again, Amihere the youngest in the competition played with such poise and strength. Amihere runs the floor extremely well, case in point in the third where she stole the ball and went coast-to-coast and finished on the left side for a basket.

Aislinn Konig had a quiet game, but came through in the cultch clutch hitting two excellent and well-timed threes to push Canada back into the lead late in the third.

Canada finished the third up 48-45 while shooting better and securing the ball better than they have all tournament with only two giveaways in the second and third.  They finished with a remarkable eight turnovers, while averaging 20 turnovers prior to facing China.

With Pellington’s return, her grit alongside Hanna Hall’s in the backcourt causes such issues for opponents.

Later, Pellington used her tenacity to double on China’s Han in the paint, poking the ball loose from her hands, gathering it while moving up the court with her quickness and slashing through the paint like she has done very well throughout the tournament.

Amihere and Brown dominated the paint for Canada scoring a combined of 20 points added 18 rebounds.

Despite a big three by China’s Wang to cut the lead to 63-60, Amihere responded with a bucket after a Canada timeout. Wang attempted another three but was fouled by Hall, who was in disbelief on the play. Wang buried all three free throws, cutting Canada’s lead to 65-63.

With Canada up 66-63, China missed a wide-open layup with 15 seconds left, as Brown corralled the rebound but China fails to pressure the Canada to try to force a turnover and then proceeds to foul Hall at half court after a very important eight seconds passed on the clock.  Hall hit both to seal the game for Canada.

Canada’s weaknesses were definitely their strengths today against China, shooting a better percentage from the free throw line and limiting their turnovers.

Canada’s domination in the rebounding category was quieted against China as they finished with 42, unlike their average coming into the game, which was 57.

Canada is in tough Saturday vs. Russia for the Women’s FIBA U19 World Cup Semifinals at 12:30pm EST.

Top Performers

Laeticia Amihere – 21 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

Hailey Brown – 13 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists

Shaina Pellington – 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Hanna Hall – 6 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Written by Mark Williamson

Photo Courtesy Canada Basketball

Edited by Drew Ebanks

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