SINGLE-ELIMINATION HARDWOOD CLASSIX INVITATIONAL: DECEMBER 7-8

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Hosted by Central Technical School

Toronto, ON – The inaugural Hardwood Classix Invitational will elevate the elite prep basketball experience. Hardwood Classix will be a single-game elimination, premier basketball tournament at Central Technical School, located in the heart of downtown Toronto.

A live draw determining team seedings, media launch, and “Celebration of Toronto” basketball panel will all simultaneously occur on Friday, November 29th, 2019.

Eight teams each for the men’s and women’s division will compete on the weekend of December 7-8, 2019. Hardwood Classix will feature some of Canada’s best prep basketball talent, a few notable, committed teams including Crestwood Prep, Bill Crothers S.S, Thornlea S.S, and Royal Crown Academy. Featured players will include Elijah Fisher, Kobe Elvis, Javonte Brown, Callie Wright and T’yana Todd.

Drew Ebanks of On Point Basketball, the official Hardwood Classix media partner, is looking forward to this one-of-a-kind event. “I’m excited to see the teams lay it all on the line to advance. It’s win or go home for every team, and so the stakes will be super-high. If you’re not on your game, your team could be going home early!” Ebanks added, “The panel discussion will be an amazing feature too as we connect the storied Toronto basketball past to the present and also the future.”

Hardwood Classix is a proud partner of COURTSIGHT, a non-profit organization focused on revitalizing and building within the Toronto basketball community.

Join us on the hardwood for a weekend of high-level Canadian hoops – every game will be win-or-go-home. This is NOT a showcase, these are show stakes.

For updates, follow Hardwood Classix on social media.

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For more information, please contact:

Josh B. Scott Event Producer, Hardwood Classix

[email protected]

647-268-2455

Canada finishes second at the FIBA Women’s Americup 2019

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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (September 29, 2019) – Team Canada will be bringing home the silver medal after falling to USA 67-46 at the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 on Sunday evening. 

Click here for the box score.

Jamie Scott led Canada with a team-high 12 points and seven rebounds, while Aaliyah Edwards and Miranda Ayim both contributed nine points. USA was led by Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles who scored each scored 12 points in the victory.

A defensive opening to the game saw Canada hanging with USA for much of the first quarter. A two-point jump shot from Ayim cut the deficit to just one point with 3:51 to go in the frame.  But USA answered, increasing their advantage by four and held a 14-9 lead after the opening 10 minutes.

Sami Hill made a pair of free throws early in the second which allowed Canada to trim USA’s lead by two to open the second quarter. Shortly after, both Bridget Carleton and Jamie Scott found success, scoring a layup and a three, respectively, to give Canada their first lead of the night, 16-14. The two teams continued to trade shots before a three-point play from Edwards left Canada down by just one with 3:25 to go in the quarter.  However, USA closed the quarter on a 9-0 run to take a 34-24 lead into the break.

USA clamped down on defence in the third as they forced Canada to take some difficult shots.  A big block from Ayim showcased Canada’s defence, but with under six minutes to play in the quarter, Canada trailed 46-30.  By the end of the quarter, USA led Canada by 19, 57-38.

Canada scored eight points in the fourth quarter, just two less than USA, but were unable to decrease the American advantage as they went on to re-capture the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup.  

With the silver medal, Canada has now found a spot on the podium in eight of the last nine competitions dating back to the 2003 FIBA Americas Championship for Women in Culiacan, Mexico.  The loss ended Canada’s streak of two consecutive championships and 17 wins at the event. The silver was Canada’s second in team history and first since a second place finish at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women.

Following the game, Canada’s Kayla Alexander was recognized for her strong showing at the tournament and was selected to the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup All-Star 5.

Canada will now host one of two FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments 2019 for the Americas region.  The Edmonton EXPO Centre’s Hall D Arena in Edmonton, Alberta will host the tournament in mid-November.  Click here for additional information.

Earlier this evening the groups for the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments 2019 were announced and Canada will be in Group A along with Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.  Group B will feature Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and USA.  

The FIBA Women’s Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in Americas will qualify four teams (top two teams per group) for the four global FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, taking place in February 2020.  Canada will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a top three finish in their group in the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020.

QUOTES

“We were happy to be playing in this game and competing for a gold medal but I don’t think we’re really happy with our performance in the gold medal game. USA’s length and athleticism has a lot to do with that. I thought our team did well throughout the tournament and we saw some good things. Unfortunately, we had some injures at the wrong time. We would have liked to have had a chance when we were fully healthy, but I thought we improved and we saw some good things from our younger players.” – Lisa Thomaidis

Courtesy Canada Basketball

FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying tournament coming to Edmonton this November

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MIES, Switzerland (September 28, 2019) – FIBA announced today that Canada and Argentina will host the two FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments 2019 for the Americas region. 

The Edmonton EXPO Centre’s Hall D Arena in Edmonton, Alberta will host Canada’s FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament.  Ticket information and schedule for FIBA Women’s Pre-Qualifying Tournament will be announced soon.  

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The newly developed Olympic pre-qualification tournaments will tip-off in November 2019 to qualify teams to the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, and ultimately the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Africa will host one tournament, with the Americas and Asia-Oceania hosting two tournaments each.

The teams competing in the two Americas pre-qualifying tournaments will be Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and USA.  These teams advanced to the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments as a result of a top eight finish at the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019.

22 national teams will take part in the upcoming FIBA Women’s Pre-Qualifying Tournaments to qualify for one of the four global FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, taking place in February 2020.

For the Americas and Asia-Oceania regions, eights teams per region will compete for four spots (top two teams per group), at the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020 in February next year. For Africa, six teams will fight it out for two qualifying spots.  Meanwhile in Europe the top six teams from the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2019 will qualify directly to the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020.

These 16 top teams will compete in the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, taking place in February 2020, which will be split into four groups in a draw held later in the year. 

The top three teams from each tournament will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Women’s Basketball Tournament. Both the USA (FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 champions), and Japan (hosts), will play in the qualification tournaments and regardless of their results advance through to Tokyo 2020. 

This is the start of an exciting new women’s competition system for FIBA, with more than 100 teams taking part in the new system, that will also include a new qualification system for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022.

As the home of the Senior Women’s National Team, the City of Edmonton regularly hosts the team for training camp and competition, including the 2015 FIBA Americas Women’s Championship where Team Canada won gold and qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Hall D Arena at the Edmonton EXPO Centre is the home of Edmonton Stingers in the CEBL and has hosted sporting events of all types including basketball, international volleyball, cheerleading and dance competitions, rodeos and boxing matches. The arena is equipped with 3,485 stadium seats, LED video wall and sound system, and a state-of-the art LED sports lighting is being incorporated into the venue to ensure the highest quality experience for fans.

Canada is currently ranked 5th worldwide in the FIBA World Ranking Presented by NIKE and have participated in the past two Olympic Games (London 2012, Rio 2016).

For more information about the Women’s National Team Competition System, click here.

QUOTES

“Canada Basketball is thrilled to be able to bring the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournamentto the City of Edmonton, the home of Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team.  This will be a tremendous opportunity for the people of Edmonton to not only see some of the best women’s basketball players in the world but give Team Canada a true home court advantage as they look to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.” – Glen Grunwald, President & CEO, Canada Basketball

“We are extremely honoured to be chosen to host the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament.  Edmontonians continue to embrace basketball in a big way, both in the stands and on the court. Building on our city’s long history of women’s basketball, this tournament is an exciting opportunity for Edmontonians to see some of the world’s best women’s basketball players right here in our own community.” – Don Iveson, Mayor, City of Edmonton 

“The Alberta Basketball Association is very excited about the announcement of Edmonton being awarded the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament. We look forward to supporting the event in every way possible. We are proud of our city’s commitment to supporting the women’s Olympic hopes and how it works in tandem with the Live Active Strategy to benefit our community.” – Paul Sir, Executive Director, Alberta Basketball Association

“The Edmonton EXPO Centre is excited to welcome the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament to our venue. We are proud to have been selected as the host city and our venue team looks forward to providing an exceptional experience for basketball fans across the country.” – Arlindo Gomes, Vice President, Venue Management, Edmonton Economic Development

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Canada advances to the FIBA Women’s Americup Finals after a tough battle with Brazil

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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (September 28, 2019) – Team Canada defeated Brazil 66-58 in a tough semifinal game on Saturday night to advance to Sunday’s FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 final.

With the victory, Canada will face now face USA tomorrow night at 8:00 PM ET, live on DAZN.

Click here for the box score.

Shay Colley led Canada in the win with a game-high 23 points and four rebounds. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe was just shy of a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds, while Bridget Carleton also scored nine points and finished with eight rebounds. Damiris Dantas of Brazil finished with a team-high 16 points.

From early on in the first quarter, it was evident that the matchup was not going to be an easy one for the Canadians against an experienced Brazilian team. While Canada led for much of the first quarter, Brazil remained close behind, not letting the deficit extend past four points. At the end of the first quarter, Canada led Brazil by a slim 15-11 margin.

After Brazil’s Erika De Souza split a pair of free throws, Carleton opened the scoring for Canada as her step-back jumper early in the second quarter gave the red and white a five-point advantage, 17-12.   With 4:21 to play in the half and Canada leading by three, Brazil clamped down defensively, holding the Canadians scoreless for the remainder of the quarter and entered halftime with a two-point advantage, 28-26.

Early in the third quarter, back-to-back three pointers from Carleton kickstarted the Canadian offence and tied game at 32 apiece. Canada and Brazil continued to go back and forth, keeping the score between two points of each other much of the quarter. A late Brazilian turnover with time winding down in the third gave Canada a chance to take the lead, but Carleton’s layup attempt was blocked by De Souza and the quarter ended with Brazil leading 45-43.

In the fourth, it was Canada’s defensive intensity that translated into offence at the other end.  Tied 53-53 midway through the fourth, Canada outscored Brazil 13-5 over the final 4:26, including a 8-0 run last in the game, to seal the victory.  

Entering the tournament as two-time defending FIBA Women’s AmeriCup champions, and guaranteed a medal on Sunday, Canada has now found a spot on the podium in eight of the last nine competitions dating back to the 2003 FIBA Americas Championship for Women in Culiacan, Mexico.

Canada has also qualified and will host one of two FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments 2019 for the Americas region.  The Edmonton EXPO Centre’s Hall D Arena in Edmonton, Alberta will host the tournament in mid-November.  Click here for additional information.

Click here for roster.

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Team Canada will now face USA in the finals on Sunday, September 29 at 8:00 P.M. ET. Fans in Canada can catch the game streaming live on DAZN.

QUOTES

“The key for us to get the win was coming together on the defensive end. Brazil had great spurts so we just had to play defence and come in to help each other out. My coach and my teammates have a lot of confidence in me so it made me feel very confident out on the floor.” – Shay Colley

“I thought we were able to get some defensive stops in the second half which enabled us to get out and run a little bit. We were so much better when we were able to push the pace and get out in transition. I thought we were much better offensively when we could do that. In the first half, we played much slower and too methodical. Brazil did enough to disrupt us. We had some open looks but just couldn’t knock them down. It was a real tough start to the game and I thought we were able get things going a little bit better in the second half.” – Lisa Thomaidis

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Canada dominates Mexico in FIBA Women’s Americup Opener

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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (September 22, 2019) – Team Canada defeated Mexico 109-53 in their opening game of FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019.

Click here for the box score.

Jamie Scott led the Canadians with a game-high 21 points, while Kayla Alexander recorded a double-double, 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe and Bridget Carleton both finished with 15 points each for Canada. Jacqueline Luna-Castro scored 12 points for Mexico in the loss.

Canada led Mexico out the gate going on a 9-0 run to start the game. By the halfway mark, Mexico had only scored three points when Scott’s back-to-back threes extended the lead to 25-3. By the end of the quarter, eight Canadians had contributed to the 31-18 advantage.

Alexander began to heat up to start the second quarter, scoring eight straight points for Canada. With Canada leading 39-18, Mexico was forced to take a timeout to regroup. After the short break, Canada remained on top, holding Mexico to 18 for the majority of the second quarter. With less than a minute to go in the half, Mexico’s Jazmin Valenzuela drew a foul and hit both free throw bringing the Mexicans up to 20. With less than 10 seconds to go, Canada’s Bridget Carleton’s three-point attempt was no good and Canada entered the half up 51-20.

Canada continued to remain dominant throughout the third quarter. Although Mexico scored their most points in a quarter, Canada still outscored them 27-21. By the end of the quarter, Canada led Mexico 78-41 and Alexander had shot a perfect 7-for-7.

In the fourth quarter, Canada finished just as they started, dropping 31 points and defeating Mexico 109-53. Every Canadian who played contributed to Canada’s final score, including the team’s youngest player, Aaliyah Edwards, who scored 10 points in her FIBA AmeriCup debut.  

Entering the tournament as two-time defending FIBA AmeriCup champions, Canada has found a spot on the podium in seven of the last eight competitions dating back to the 2003 FIBA Americas Championship for Women in Culiacan, Mexico.

The FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 begins with a Group Phase, where teams play round-robin format for four days. The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals of the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019, where the top team of Group A will play the second team of Group B and the top team of Group B will play the second team of Group A. The winners of the semifinals will go-on to play for the continental title on September 29.  Click here for the competition schedule.

As part of the Women’s National Team Competition System, the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 will qualify the top 8 teams to the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in November.

The FIBA Women’s Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in Americas will qualify the top four teams for the four global FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, taking place in February 2020.  Canada will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a top three finish in their group in the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020.

Click here for roster.

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The Canadians will face Cuba on Monday, September 23 at 5:30 PM ET. Fans in Canada can catch the game streaming live on DAZN.

Aaliyah Edwards

QUOTES

“Good first game and we have plenty to build on from today.  It was great to be back on the court with contributions from everyone against Mexico. Looking forward to building on the momentum together moving forward at the tournament.” – Jamie Scott

“It was great to finally get out and play an opponent. We had solid contributions from everyone on the team and impressive debuts by both Aaliyah and Kayla.” – Lisa Thomaidis

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Senior Women’s National Team announced ahead of FIBA Women’s Americup 2019

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TORONTO, Ont. (September 19, 2019) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the Senior Women’s National Team roster for the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019.

See list below for the Senior Women’s National Team FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 roster.

“We’re excited to officially start the Tokyo Olympic qualification process with this team at the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup,” said Lisa Thomaidis, Head Coach, Senior Women’s National Team.  “Following a productive training camp at home in the City of Edmonton, we’re excited to compete with the top teams in the Americas.”

The FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 will be played September 22-29 in San Juan’s historic Coliseo Roberto Clemente.  Canada is in Group A for the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup along with Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, and hosts, Puerto Rico.

“The FIBA Women’s AmeriCup is always a great opportunity for our women’s team to compete against the best in our zone,” said Denise Dignard, Director, Women’s High Performance.  “We are looking forward to seeing our team in action as this will be valuable and great stepping stone as part of the new FIBA Olympic Qualification system.” 

Fans in Canada can catch all the action from the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 streaming live and on demand on DAZN.

Entering the tournament as two-time defending FIBA AmeriCup champions, Canada has found a spot on the podium in seven of the last eight competitions dating back to the 2003 FIBA Americas Championship for Women in Culiacan, Mexico.

The FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 will begin with a Group Phase, where teams play round-robin format for four days. The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals of the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019, where the top team of Group A will play the second team of Group B and the top team of Group B will play the second team of Group A. The winners of the semifinals will go-on to play for the continental title on September 29.  Click here for the competition schedule.

As part of the new Women’s National Team Competition System, the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 will qualify the top 8 teams to the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in November.

The FIBA Women’s Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in Americas will qualify the top four teams for the four global FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, taking place in February 2020.  Canada will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a top two three finish in their group in the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020.

Canada is currently ranked 5th worldwide in the FIBA World Ranking Presented by NIKE.

SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM FIBA WOMEN’S AMERICUP 2019 ROSTER

#NamePositionHeightHometown2019-2020 Club / School
14Kayla AlexanderCentre6’4″Milton, ONChicago Sky (WNBA) / Cukurova Mersin (Turkey)
9Miranda AyimForward6’3″London, ONBasket Landes (France)
6Bridget CarletonGuard6’1″Chatham, ONMinnesota Lynx (WNBA) / Townsville Fire (Australia)
13Shay ColleyGuard5’9″Brampton, ONMichigan State (NCAA)
23Quinn DornstauderForward6’4″Regina, SKZamarat (Spain)
15Aaliyah EdwardsForward6’3″Kingston, ONCrestwood Prep (OSBA)
8Kim GaucherGuard6’1″Mission, BCMondeville (France)
22Ruth HamblinCentre6’6″Houston, BCDynamo Novosibirsk (Russia)
4Sami HillGuard5’10”Toronto, ONDonau-Ries (Germany)
10Miah-Marie LangloisGuard5’8″Windsor, ONDynamo Novosibirsk (Russia)
7Nayo Raincock-EkunweForward6’2″Toronto, ONNew York Liberty (WNBA) / Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia)
12Jamie ScottGuard5’10”Clarkston, WADynamo Novosibirsk (Russia)

SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM FIBA WOMEN’S AMERICUP 2019 COACHES & STAFF

NamePositionHometownAffiliation
Lisa ThomaidisHead CoachDundas, ONUniversity of Saskatchewan
Steve BaurAssistant CoachSackville, NSCanada Basketball
Carly ClarkeAssistant CoachHalifax, NSRyerson University
Glen GrunwaldPresident & CEO, Canada BasketballFranklin Park, ILCanada Basketball
Max HirstCoordinator, Performance AnalysisCollingwood, ONCanada Basketball
Lauren BuschmannSports Scientist & IST ManagerSt. Catharines, ONCanada Basketball/CSI-Ontario
Rhonda ShishkinPhysiotherapistSaskatoon, SKUniversity of Saskatchewan
Danielle DobneyAthletic TherapistToronto, ONYork University
Bryce Tully Mental Performance ConsultantHalifax, NSCSC-Atlantic
Kristin AnsteyPhysicianEdmonton, ABUniversity of Alberta
Anne Marie ThussTeam ManagerHamilton, ONMcMaster University
Denise DignardDirector, WHPPort Cartier, QCCanada Basketball
Mike MacKayPerformance Manager, WHPTruro, NSCanada Basketball
Matt WalkerCommunications ManagerAncaster, ONCanada Basketball

2019 SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM FIBA WOMEN’S AMERICUP 2019 SCHEDULE

DATEITEMTIME (ET) LOCATION
September 22Canada vs. Mexico12:30 PMFIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019San Juan, Puerto Rico
September 23Canada vs. Cuba5:30 PM
September 24Canada vs. Puerto Rico8:00 PM
September 26Canada vs. Dominican Republic5:30 PM
September 28SemifinalsTBD
September 29FinalsTBD

Courtesy Canada Basketball

National Junior Circuit Girls Inaugural session Sept 13th-15th at St. FX in Mississauga

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(Mississauga, On) NATIONAL JUNIOR CIRCUIT GIRLS INAUGURAL SESSION TAKES PLACE THIS WEEKEND AT ST. FRANCIS XAVIER S.S.

The National Junior Circuit Girls Inaugural season comes off the heels of the massive success of the first season of the Boys National Junior Circuit won by the Thornlea Thunder over Elijah Fisher and Crestwood Prep.

Along with the Junior Circuits, there will also be a National Senior Circuit for Boys this fall. All three entities were the brainchild of Tony House of Canada Top Flight Academy in Ottawa.

Going to be an amazing weekend of ball between some of the best grade 9/10 girls from coast to coast.

Teams: St. Francis Xavier, Excel Hoops, Notre Dame, King’s Christian, Bill Crothers, Southwest Academy

For directions to St. Francis Xavier S.S. click HERE

ON POINT IS A PROUD MEDIA PARTNER IN THE NATIONAL JR. BOY’S & GIRL’S CIRCUITS & NATIONAL BOY’S SR. CIRCUITS.

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Written by Drew Ebanks

16 athletes invited to attend Senior Women’s National Team training camp ahead of FIBA Women’s Americup 2019

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TORONTO, Ont. (September 8, 2019) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the 16 athletes invited to attend Senior Women’s National Team training camp ahead of the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019. 

See below for the Senior Women’s National Team FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 training camp invites.

“The FIBA Women’s AmeriCup is the official start of our Tokyo Olympic qualification process, so I know we’re all excited to get back together and continue this journey,” said Lisa Thomaidis, Head Coach, Senior Women’s National Team.  “Our experiences earlier this summer have enabled us to fine tune our processes so that we can hit the ground running.  As always, representing Canada is such a huge honour for all of us and we’re excited to get going.”

The FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 will be played September 22-29 in San Juan’s historic Coliseo Roberto Clemente and fans in Canada can catch all the action live on DAZN.  Canada is in Group A for the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup along with Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, and hosts, Puerto Rico.

“We are looking forward to starting our Tokyo Olympic qualification process with training camp in Edmonton, the home of Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team, and to have more time to continue the team’s growth to compete against the best teams in the world as we pursue our Olympic goals,” said Denise Dignard, Director Women’s High Performance.

Entering the tournament as two-time defending FIBA AmeriCup champions, Canada will look to make it three straight later this month at the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019.  Canada has found a spot on the podium in seven of the last eight competitions dating back to the 2003 FIBA Americas Championship for Women in Culiacan, Mexico.

The FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 will begin with a Group Phase, where teams play round-robin format for four days. The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals of the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019, where the top team of Group A will play the second team of Group B and the top team of Group B will play the second team of Group A. The winners of the semifinals will go-on to play for the continental title on September 29.

As part of the Women’s National Team Competition System, the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 will qualify the top 8 teams to the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in November.

The FIBA Women’s Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in Americas will qualify the top four teams for the four global FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, taking place in February 2020.  Canada will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a top two three finish in their group in the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020.

Canada is currently ranked 5th worldwide in the FIBA World Ranking presented by NIKE.

SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM FIBA WOMEN’S AMERICUP 2019 TRAINING CAMP INVITES

NamePositionHeightHometown2019-2020 Club / School
Natalie AchonwaForward6’3″Guelph, ONIndiana Fever (WNBA)
Kayla AlexanderForward6’4″Milton, ONChicago Sky (WNBA) / Cukurova Mersin (Turkey)
Laeticia AmihereForward6’4″Mississauga, ONSouth Carolina (NCAA)
Miranda AyimForward6’3″London, ONBasket Landes (France)
Bridget CarletonGuard6’1″Chatham, ONMinnesota Lynx (WNBA) / Townsville Fire (Australia)
Shay ColleyGuard5’9″Brampton, ONMichigan State (NCAA)
Quinn DornstauderCentre6’4″Regina, SKZamarat (Spain)
Aaliyah EdwardsForward6’3″Kingston, ONCrestwood Prep (OSBA)
Kim GaucherGuard6’1″Mission, BCMondeville (France)
Ruth HamblinCentre6’6″Houston, BCDynamo Novosibirsk (Russia)
Sami HillGuard5’10”Toronto, ONDonau-Ries (Germany)
Miah-Marie LangloisGuard5’8″Windsor, ONDynamo Novosibirsk (Russia)
Kia NurseGuard6’0″Hamilton, ONNew York Liberty (WNBA) / Canberra Capitals (Australia)
Shaina PellingtonGuard5’8″Pickering, ONArizona (NCAA)
Nayo Raincock-EkunweForward6’2″Toronto, ONNew York Liberty (WNBA) / Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia)
Jamie ScottGuard5’10”Clarkston, WADynamo Novosibirsk (Russia)

SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM FIBA WOMEN’S AMERICUP 2019 COACHES & STAFF

NamePositionHometownAffiliation
Lisa ThomaidisHead CoachDundas, ONUniversity of Saskatchewan
Steve BaurAssistant CoachSackville, NSCanada Basketball
Carly ClarkeAssistant CoachHalifax, NSRyerson University
Max HirstCoordinator, Performance AnalysisCollingwood, ONCanada Basketball
Lauren BuschmannSports Scientist & IST ManagerSt. Catharines, ONCanada Basketball/CSI-Ontario
Rhonda ShishkinPhysiotherapistSaskatoon, SKUniversity of Saskatchewan
Danielle DobneyAthletic TherapistToronto, ONYork University
Bryce Tully Mental Performance ConsultantHalifax, NSCSC-Atlantic
Marni WesnerLead PhysicianEdmonton, ABUniversity of Alberta
Kristin AnsteyPhysicianEdmonton, ABUniversity of Alberta
Anne Marie ThussTeam ManagerHamilton, ONMcMaster University
Denise DignardDirector, WHPPort Cartier, QCCanada Basketball
Mike MacKayPerformance Manager, WHPTruro, NSCanada Basketball
Matt WalkerCommunications ManagerAncaster, ONCanada Basketball

2019 SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM FIBA WOMEN’S AMERICUP 2019 SCHEDULE

DATEITEMTIME (ET) LOCATION
September 9-18Training Camp Saville Community Sports CentreEdmonton, AB
September 22Canada vs. Mexico12:30 PMFIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019San Juan, Puerto Rico
September 23Canada vs. Cuba5:30 PM
September 24Canada vs. Puerto Rico8:00 PM
September 26Canada vs. Dominican Republic5:30 PM
September 28SemifinalsTBD
September 29FinalsTBD

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Canada falls to Germany to conclude FIBA Basketball World Cup

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CANADA FALLS TO GERMANY TO CONCLUDE FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP; EARNS FIBA OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT BERTH

SHANGHAI, CHINA (September 9, 2019) – The Canadian Senior Men’s National Team fell 82-76 to Germany on Monday to close out their FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 campaign.  

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Kyle Wiltjer led the team with 18 points, Khem Birch contributed 15 points (on 6-for-7 field goals) to go with nine rebounds, and Melvin Ejim added nine points and eight rebounds in the loss.

With World Cup play wrapped up for Canada, the team now shifts its focus to a FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament next summer that will determine spots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“We had moments in this tournament where we played really well and we had some times where we didn’t,” Ejim said. “We would have liked to play better in those first two games [in Round 1] and shot it as well as we did against Jordan [on Saturday], but it doesn’t always work like that. I think we came out, played hard, and tried to give ourselves a chance.”

Germany was led by Dennis Schroder’s game-high 21 points, while Maximilian Kleber had 20 points and Robin Benzing added 12.

“I think we played some really good competition,” head coach Nick Nurse said. “It was a good experience for us. Playing Australia, Lithuania in the group [pool], then we ended up playing Germany in this side of the pool as well. [Those are] three very highly-ranked teams, so it was good for us to get some good competition.”

Canada shot 35 percent in the loss, compared to 41 percent for Germany. While Canada was 13-for-17 from the free-throw line, Germany finished 25-of-31 from the line.

“Today was a microcosm of how we’ve played,” Nurse said. “We look great for stretches, then have some cold stretches where we couldn’t put the ball in the basket, but I thought we generated good shots. I thought we played hard. We just needed to shoot the ball a little better today.”

After playing two exhibition games in Canada against Nigeria and then a five-game exhibition tour in Australia before arriving in China for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, Nurse was pleased with the opportunity for the team to get to know one another better over the past month.

“It was a very good and wide snapshot for me,” Nurse said. “From the training camp, to getting on the road, and being on the road for a long time, playing such good competition, we played great competition in Australia as well. I’m pretty happy with how we worked, how we practiced. I thought we played hard.”

Cory Joseph, Khem Birch & Kyle Wiltjer

Though Canada scored first on Monday, Germany went on a 9-0 run to take a seven-point lead before Ejim connected on a three-pointer to make it 9-5 Germany with 6:04 remaining in the first quarter. A steal and layup from Andrew Nembhard at the end of the quarter brought Canada within five. As both teams shot 33 percent from the floor and struggled to score in the quarter, Germany held a 17-12 advantage after the opening 10 minutes.

Nembhard found Conor Morgan for a three to trim Germany’s lead to two to open the second quarter. Germany responded with a three of their own, but another three for Canada, this time from Phil Scrubb, again kept Canada within two, 20-18, with 8:39 to go in the half. Back-to-back buckets from Nembhard followed by a three-point play from Owen Klassen gave Canada a one-point lead midway through the quarter. Scrubb scored again on a layup to extend the lead to three, resulting in a Germany timeout. After the teams traded free throws, Canada stretched its lead to six, 33-27 with 3:51 to go in the half, but Germany closed the quarter on a 9-0 run to take a 36-33 lead into the break. Germany’s Dennis Schroder led all scorers with 10 points at the half, while Canada was led by six points apiece from Nembhard and Morgan.

Team Canada opened the third quarter on a 13-3 run to take a 46-39 lead after a Birch dunk with 5:31 remaining in the quarter. After back-to-back three-pointers from Wiltjer, Canada extended its lead to double-figures. A layup from Joseph gave Canada a 54-44 advantage with 3:50 remaining in the third, but Germany closed the quarter strong again, this time on a 12-2 run to tie the game at 56 heading into the fourth.

Canada struggled offensively to start the final quarter and was scoreless at the 7:41 mark when Nurse called a timeout after Germany opened a 63-56 lead. Canada’s first points of the quarter came on a pair of free throws from Birch with 7:04 remaining. After a technical foul free throw and dunk from Birch, Canada trimmed Germany’s lead to just two midway through the quarter. They tied it on a three-pointer from Wiltjer, assisted by Birch, with 5:07 remaining. From there, Germany outscored Canada 14-7 to lead 78-71 with 1:23 remaining. Though Wiltjer would hit a pair of free throws as well as a floater, Canada could not bridge the gap, falling to Germany 82-76 to finish 2-3 at the World Cup, and 2nd in their Classification Pool.

“I love National Team basketball,” Nurse said. “I think there’s something really special about these guys putting it on the line for their country and giving up their time. It’s to me, the purest form of basketball that we have, so I love that.

“Its important to us to do well [in FIBA competition],” Nurse said. “It means a lot to our players. It means a lot to our coaches. It means a lot to me personally. We’ll keep moving forward.”

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Raptors 905 open tryout yields almost 100 aspiring NBA G League ballers

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(Mississauga, ON) 98 tryout hopefuls competed for one of four coveted spots on the 2019 NBA Champions’ G League affiliate’s training camp roster. Yes, that’s a training camp roster, meaning there are no guarantees of making the final Raptors 905 roster. The selection process is unforgiving; the player must make the open tryouts, make it past training camp and must be chosen on the finalized roster, all for the possibility of making a $35,000 base salary.

“This is the largest turnout we’ve had in the five years of the (Raptors 905) program,” said General Manager Chad Sanders. “Part of that is due to the success of the Raptors, and buzz of basketball in the city and the country.”

The majority of tryout hopefuls were looking for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play under the 905’s coaching staff — even if just for a day. For a select few, cracking a 905 roster spot can be a career-changing experience. Playing in the G League instantly adds to a player’s credibility, increasing his marketability amongst top-level European and/or Asian professional leagues.

Raptors 905 GM Chad Sanders

Xavier Moon, nephew of former Toronto Raptor Jamario Moon, paid for his own flight and accommodation to try out at the University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM) this past Saturday. He is off to L.A. next weekend, then Detroit and New Orleans to continue workouts at various camps. After graduating from Morehead State in 2017, his career has spanned three countries: France, United States and Canada.

“If I make it to The League (NBA) then, I’d be happy,” said Moon about his lofty ambitions. “Just making sure that I keep working on what I need to work on and get there eventually.”

FACES IN THE CROWD

Gilbert Gyamfi spent the past season playing in France’s NM-3 and played for the Niagara River Lions of the brand new CEBL this past summer. Darlington Osazuwa had a brief stint with the London Lightning (NBL Canada) last season and recently played in the OVO Basketball event. Kenny Ejim took his talents to Spain’s LEB Silver and recently returned from China, having competed in the King of Kings (KOK) tournament in China with Team On Point. After three years away from home, Jasonn Hannibal, who played for Hong Kong Eastern, returned to Mississauga to tryout for his hometown team.

Teru Ikeda & Jasonn Hannibal

All are competing for a 905 training camp roster spot and are looking to build their professional basketball resumes.

“(People) see what’s going on here. They see the process of our 905 program and players that go from the 905 to the NBA,” said Sanders. “I think they want to be a part of that. And I think that’s part of our appeal.”

In 2016, Negus Webster-Chan, recent CEBL champion with the Saskatchewan Rattlers, joined the 905 as a walk-on. Coached under former head coach Jerry Stackhouse, Webster-Chan won a G League championship along with Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam. In 2017, Kaza Kajami-Keane and Richard Amardi attained a 905 roster spot through open tryouts. Keane is currently on Team Canada’s FIBA World Cup roster and Amardi — after having a coming-of-age summer in 2017, dominating the Crown League and cracking Team Canada’s FIBA America roster — is currently playing professionally for Laski Lucile in Bulgaria.

Competition was intense at the 5th Raptors 905 Open Tryouts

The Toronto Raptors and the Raptors 905 have always found diamonds in the rough and polished them. Expect the organization to continue finding more.

Written by Teri Ikeda. Check out Ikeda on Twitter

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Zheng. Check out Jeremy on Instagram

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