NPA Nationals March 20th-23rd at Sheridan College Davis Campus

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(Brampton, On) The third annual NPA Nationals are taking place from Wednesday March 20th to Saturday March 23rd at Sheridan College Davis Campus in Brampton, On.

The event features 11 teams from across the country in a true “National Championship” tournament of boys Prep Basketball teams.

Teams and seeds:

Canada Top Flight Academy (1)

Crestwood Prep (2)

Rothesay Netherwood (3)

Edge School (4)

GTA Prep, Saskatoon Basketball Academy, Northstar Prep Institute, Halifax Prep, London Basketball Academy, Oakville Prep, Toronto Basketball Academy.

Saint-Laurent was ruled ineligible for the National tournament due to their forfeiture of their final regular season game pursuant to league constitution by-law Article VI Section 3.1.

The favourite are #1 seed and two-time champions Canada Top Flight Academy (CTA) led by Ankit Choudhary and Muon Reath, out of Ottawa, but teams such as Crestwood Prep, who feature young phenom Elijah Fisher & Wake Forest commit Jahcobi Neath, Halifax Prep, Toronto Basketball Academy, Rothesay Netherwood, Edge Prep, Oakville Prep, London Basketball Academy (LBA), GTA Prep and the rest of the field will be trying to prevent a three-peat for CTA.

The action over the four days is gonna be intense as Halifax Prep and Northstar Prep kick things off at 3pm est. on Day 1.

Go to the NPA Canada website to check out the full schedule HERE

The games will also be livestreamed via North Pole Hoops YouTube page. Click HERE for the links.

Written by: On Point Basketball

Canada draws Group A for FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2019

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BANGKOK (Thailand) – The draw ceremony for the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2019 took place on Wednesday in the Thai capital of Bangkok.

Click here to view the groups, here for the complete schedule and here for the Competition System.

On hand for this special event were: Mr. Thaweesak Lertpragan, Deputy Governor of Bangkok; Lt. Col. Ruj Saeng-Udom, Deputy Governor of Sports Authority of Thailand.

They were joined by former Australia international Jenni Screen, Miss Thailand 2010 Hana Lewis and actress Randapa Muntalumpa, who helped in carrying out the draw.

The FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2019 will take place from July 20-28.

Media professionals registered in the FIBA Media Portal will be able to apply for this event as of Monday, June 10. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 12.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Canadians in the 2019 NCAA Tournament

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The field has been set for the NCAA March Madness tournament. Duke will be the No.1 overall seed and are of course led by Canadian freshmen phenom RJ Barrett. However, there are plenty more Canadians getting set to compete in this years tournament and several are expected to have a major impact throughout March. 


Look out for Michigan freshman Ignas Brazdeikis to help lead his Wolverines on a deep run into the tournament along with Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke who is also expected to be in 
contention for a place in the Final Four. 


The 2017 and 2018 NCAA tournaments each had 22 Canadians while this year will feature 24 players on the rosters of teams competing. However, three of those players will not be able to 
play because they have to sit after transferring from another school. 

Here is the complete list of Canadian players in the 2019 NCAA tournament.


Stef Smith – Vermont – Ajax, ON 6’1 Soph. G
RJ Barrett – Duke – Mississauga, ON 6’7 Freshman F
Eliel Nsoseme – Cincinnati – Mississauga, ON (Born in Congo) 6’9 Soph. F/C
Marial Shayok – Iowa State – Ottawa, ON 6’6 Sr. G
Lindell Wiggington – Iowa State – Dartmouth, NS Soph. 6’2 G
Ignas Brazdeikis – Michigan – Oakville, ON 6’7 Freshman F
Maxime Boursiquot – Northeastern – Ottawa, ON 6’5 Jr. G/F
Eze Dike – Yale – Montreal, QC – 6’2 Freshman G
Dominic Johnson – Buffalo – Windsor, ON 6’5 Soph. F
Ja’Shon Henry – Bradley – Saskatoon, SK – 6’6 Freshman G/F
Clayton Henry – New Mexico State – Calgary, AB – 6’4 Jr. G
Prince Oduro – Mississippi State – Toronto, ON – 6’8 Soph. F (Transfer must sit out the year)
Jonathan Kabongo – Virginia Tech – Toronto, ON – 6’4 Freshman G
Nickeil Alexander-Walker – Virginia Tech – Toronto, ON – 6’5 Soph. G
Marcus Carr – Minnesota – Toronto, ON – 6’2 Soph. G (Transfer must sit out the year)
Luguentz Dort – Arizona State – Montreal, QC – 6’4 Freshman G
Kyle Alexander – Tennessee – Milton, ON – 6’11 – Sr. F
Brandon Clarke – Gonzaga – Vancouver, BC – 6’8 Jr. F
O’Shae Brissett – Syracuse – Mississauga, ON – 6’8 Soph. F
Devonte Bandoo – Baylor – Brampton, ON – 6’3 Jr. G
Joseph Chartouny – Marquette – Montreal, QC
Koby McEwen – Marquette – Toronto, ON – 6’4 Jr. G (Transfer must sit out the year)
Mfiondu Kabengele – Florida State – Burlington, ON – 6’10 Soph. F
Andrew Nembhard – Florida – Aurora, ON – 6’5 Freshman G

Written & compiled by Chris McKee. Follow Chris on Twitter.

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Canton Charges Back to Stun 905

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It was all going well for the Raptors 905 at Scotiabank Arena against the Canton Charge heading into the fourth quarter. Fresh off of a playoff berth clinching 112-82 win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the 905 used a 35-15 third quarter to go up 85-65 after three.

But from that point on, however, the wheels came off for the home team as Canton (19-27) stunned the 905 (28-19) and its fans with a 104-100 comeback win in overtime.

Points in the paint was a key indicator in this game as the Charge outscored the 905, 56-44, on the inside; Canton also made three more field goals and three more free throws overall. They also forced the home team to cough up the ball 17 times.

Four players scored in double figures from each team. Jaron Blossomgame led all scorers with 28 points and 13 rebounds as he hit the game tying layup to send the game to overtime followed by the go-ahead floater to give the Charge a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

JaCorey Williams (25 points, 10 rebounds) and Levi Randolph (21 points, 10 rebounds) also had double-doubles for the Charge while Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had 17, including a huge triple late in the extra frame to give Canton separation.

Wade Baldwin IV led the 905 with 22 points and five assists, while Jordan Loyd and Josh Adams each had 18 and MiKyle McIntosh had 17.

The 905 hit 11 triples but none in the fourth quarter and overtime. The home team also had the edge in rebounds (51-44), blocks (11-3), second chance points (21-14) and fast break points (22-17).

Adams immediately made an impact off of the bench with eight first quarter points as the 905 overcame an early six-point deficit to take a brief 23-22 lead.

However, the scoring strength of Randolph (10) and Williams (8) gave the Charge a 30-27 first quarter lead despite the home team hitting five triples.

The 905 then pulled ahead after a tomahawk slam from Adams (35-33) and extended their lead to as many as eight (47-39) but Canton closed out the first half on a 11-3 run to tie the game up at 50 at the intermission. The Charge didn’t hit their first triple until Abdur-Rahkman hit one with 56 seconds left in the second quarter.

Baldwin came alive in the third quarter as he scored 13 in the frame as the 905 got it going inside. With a crowd of screaming fans to spur them on, the 905 closed out the quarter on a 23-5 run to take an 85-65 lead after three. Adams got the crowd on their feet with a 360 dunk in transition to cap off a dominant third quarter.

“We had a lot of energy,” said Raptors 905 head coach Jama Mahlalela. “We played a zone that was pretty effective in getting them (Canton) out of their rhythm offensively. Plus we were able to score at the rim.”

Canton started chipping away at the lead immediately to start off the fourth quarter with a 15-4 run. After a three-point play from Loyd gave the 905 a double-digit lead, the Charge then responded with nine straight points to cut the deficit to three.

The score stayed tight, as the 905 were unable to extend the lead to two possessions with 18.4 seconds to go as Canton called for time.

On the ensuing possession, Blossomgame, who had 11 in the quarter, grabbed his own miss at the rim and tied the game at 96 with a layup. Adams couldn’t get the prayer from downtown to drop off of a busted possession from the 905 as improbably, this game needed an extra two minutes.

“We just couldn’t find a way to get a bucket to drop,” Mahlalela said about the 905’s ice-cold offence in the fourth quarter. “And then we gave up 31 in the fourth. That’s absolutely no way to close out the game and it’s something that we’ll learn from.”

Blossomgame hit a floater in the lane to give Canton the lead for good and Derek Cooke Jr. missed a golden opportunity as he misfired on both of his free throws at the other end for the 905.

Abdur-Rahkman then took advantage, hitting a contested triple with the shot clock winding down. Despite the Raptors905 trying to fight their way back into the game, the Charge played the free throw game and hung on for the victory.

The 905 will close out the regular season with three straight on the road, starting with a Saturday evening showdown on March 16 at 7:00 pm against the Delaware Blue Coats.

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International Flair at 2019 U Sports Women’s Final 8: A Roundtable Conversation

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Left to right: Inari Syrjanen, Lanae Adams, Carolina Gonçalves, Ladonna Lamonth, Sabine Dukate, Eleanor Jones, Sarsha Cadle. Photo by Trung Ho.

Every year the U Sports Women’s Basketball Championship is a unique opportunity to see universities representing different cities across Canada come together to compete. What can be equally exciting is looking down a team’s roster and see players who come from different parts of the world that have chosen to play university basketball in the Great White North.

Across the four U Sports conferences (AUS, CW, OUA, RSEQ) during the 2018-19 season, over half of the 47 teams had a combined 45 internationally recruited student-athletes from 16 different countries on their rosters.

At the Final 8 hosted by Ryerson University this past week, seven of those players participated in the four-day tournament, coming from countries that include Australia, Finland, Jamaica, Latvia, Portugal, Scotland and United States.

On Point Basketball caught up with these players to talk about how they ended up in Canada, how they’ve found their experience so far and what comes next.

Part I: Ending Up In Canada

How did you end up in Canada and how were you recruited?

Sabine Dukate (Saskatchewan Huskies / Latvia): The recruiting process was kind of interesting. I Googled “Canada coaches,” and I got into a website that there was like all the national team coaches that has coached national teams… I found coach Lisa [Thomaidis] later on and then I emailed her as well and she emailed me back, and it was super-quick turnaround. It was like two weeks and I was here. I emailed asking if they were looking for a player and I got lucky because then two point guards just finished so they didn’t have any point guard recruited, so then she asked me if I can play point. I’m like, “sure, have never played one but let’s go.” So yeah, I ended up coming in here playing point.

Ladonna Lamonth (Concordia Stingers / Jamaica): For me it was kind of peculiar because I played on the Jamaica national team. I came in young on the team and it was a player who knows [coach Tenicha Gittens] who just started at Concordia, and she needed a post presence. And my teammate basically told her about me and from there that’s how I came to Canada.

Carolina Gonçalves (Regina Cougars / Portugal): I represent my national team’s under 16, and I had opportunity to play a couple of European championships, and one of my coach knew Fatih [Akser], my [current] assistant coach. I think they just start to talk and trying to recruit some European player, and I was lucky to be selected for them and to get the offer to come to Regina and to have this opportunity to play and study in Canada.

Sarsha Cadle (Acadia Axewomen / Australia): I always knew I wanted to go to school in [North America], whether that was Canada or America, so I put highlight tapes and game film up on to a recruiting website. And my coach, Len [Harvey], found me and contacted me. And then I did a recruiting trip and then loved it and that’s kind of how I got here.

Lanae Adams (Acadia Axewomen / USA): Len [Harvey] actually recruited me at Mount Royal when I was at a junior college in Washington, so a long roundabout way I ended up coming to Acadia. I also played at Vancouver Island University which is a college in B.C. Yeah, I love Canada, the eligibility is a bit different than the NCAA so it allowed me the opportunity to be able to play.

Inari Syrjanen (Ryerson Rams / Finland): I wanted to do an exchange, so I’ve done already three years of university so I wanted to do an exchange, go abroad. I wanted to keep playing basketball, too, so that’s kind of how I ended up here in a way.

Eleanor Jones (Ryerson Rams / Scotland): So I also spent a year in America and I went home to play back in England for a year and take a year off of school, and my assistant coach is actually from Ottawa last year. So she kind of put me in contact with Carly [Clarke] and, Carly watched video and got in contact with me, and was like, “let’s get you on a visit, let’s get you out here.” So I came to visit and that was it.

Part II: Everything is New

What was your perception of Canada before you arrived?

Lamonth: The impressions that you get from back home is that this is a cold country, and it’s just cold. That’s the only word you hear, “it’s cold.” And that was my very first experience when I got here. It was cold.

Jones: I mean the typical stereotype, everyone’s so nice and you love maple syrup. And just how cold it is but how beautiful it is, too.

Gonçalves: I know it was cold, and I can confirm. It was really cold.

What’s been the biggest adjustment?

Dukate: It was a lot of adjusting for me even from basketball side. Like coming playing professional and then – that’s really your job, right? You go in, you do your job and you leave. When here, you build friendship, you go in school, you’re a student first. And it’s so different when you keep playing with the same players, and how big the community support is, and the culture is so different than mine. All the small talks, I was like, “why people are doing this, I just don’t understand.” Now I’m like that and I’m like, oh my god.

Jones: I guess not the language but the whole slang and just being able to understand everyone. I understand what people are saying but a lot of the time in class people don’t really know what I’m talking about. Because they’re like, “what are they saying? Who is this person?”

Syrjanen: Finland there’s only five million people in the country and there’s like six million people live on GTA area. And we don’t really have these big cities as Toronto is. And the language of course. Also the small talk culture in a way, maybe, because we don’t really do that at all at home.

What’s one thing you really enjoy about the team’s city?

Cadle: I love just the people, I’ve never had such a great sense of community and everyone’s just so welcoming and willing to come up and talk to you. Like just so warm and open, that’s probably my favourite part. All my professors come and watch the games and tell me how I played after the game which is kind of nice.. sometimes.

Dukate: The city is small so it was easy for me to adjust because I come from such a tiny country like Latvia… it’s kind of nice, I like it when it’s not too big. Toronto is like, “ah, I don’t know what to do here.” It was easy to adjust, I like when it’s small, you can get around, and you kind of know everybody.

Gonçalves: Because it’s like a small city, our basketball community is so nice because everyone supports the community, lots of people come to our games. Like we played around the west and I think our gym is the one that who has more supporters. More kids watching us play and see, like, they want to be like us, they want to represent the university.

Lamonth: One of the things I must say, though, is the variation in food choices. There are a lot of different food choices – there’s Chinese, Japanese, Vietname, there’s Portuguese, there’s a lot of things you can experience in terms of different cultures. That’s what I like about Canada… here it’s a bigger country so it’s more – you have more to experience. So that’s one of the things, I’ve been really exposed to a lot of different cultures, different people, their way of life and it’s cool.

Jones: I really like being in the city… back home, we don’t have much to do, so I really enjoy being downtown, being able to go out for lunch with a friend and just walk downstairs, walk out my apartment and there’s so much stuff there, and I like to travel a lot… and I take photos so it’s a lot to take photos of.

Part III: International Basketball Experiences

What kind of basketball experiences did you have before coming to Canada?

Dukate: I started professionally playing in TTT Riga, they took me at age 16 for more like experience in that first year. They still play in the EuroCup in the EuroLeague, so I was more a bench player, just like a practice player there in my first year. And then after that, two more years I played in TTT Riga. And then after I finished 12th grade I was looking somewhere else to play professionally, so I found this team in Lithuania – BC Suduva, so I moved there and I played three years there and then I ended up here.

Gonçalves: I started in Portugal – I’m from Portugal, and I’ve been representing my Portuguese national team. So I had a lot of experience playing against Latvia, Spain, France. Lots of players that I’ve played in those competitions are now playing in U.S., some in Canada, too. EuroLeague basketball, so it’s really nice to see them… some are in WNBA already, that’s pretty nice – a girl from Italy. So it’s interesting to see that we come from Europe and in other countries and we are able to adapt to other cultures, to play the game that we love all together.

Lamonth: I played on the Jamaican national team since 2011. I’ve been to a few, like the Pan Am Games, the Central Basket Tournaments, Tournament of America ones. It’s really high-level basketball when you get to those tournaments. I was a young player coming in on the team so I had to just learn a lot from the seniors that were there. It really prepared me in terms of my maturity when I came here.

Syrjanen: I think I’ve played in eight different countries, maybe? A tournament in China and the States, and here. And then Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania. Spain, I think? So obviously I haven’t been anywhere for this long as I have been here.

Jones: So I’ve played on the national team for four years, all the way up to [Great Britain] senior women. That was an incredible experience, because we travelled, we played against the best in Europe. Italy, France. It’s like 30 year-old women, they have so much knowledge and I was 16, 17 at the time. So I was like, “oh my god this is insane.” But you learn so much.

Part IV: Being A U Sports Student-Athlete

Talk to me about the education part of your decision, why was the academic side important?

Jones: That was a huge part because I wanted to do media, and Ryerson is known for its RTA programs and its imaging program so that was what really excited me – like a good play of basketball and a program I was going to enjoy, and not just kind of waste time with something that I didn’t really want to do.

Cadle: After school I didn’t really know what I wanted to do in terms of academics. I knew I was really interested in people and working in sports and stuff like that, and in Australia when you go to university everything’s super specific. And so when I was looking at Canada, I came to Acadia and I looked at their kinesiology program, and I just kind of fell in love because it’s really broad and you can find your own little place within that degree, which I really liked.

Adams: Because of the eligibility and stuff, I’m able to get my master’s degree right now and so that’s a big thing for me. Because having a scholarship to be able to play basketball and getting a master’s degree is super-cool and a pretty unique opportunity, so that was the biggest reason why I was able to come.

Gonçalves: Speaking my country is hard for us to play professional or be more competitive and study at the same time. They don’t really support student-athletes… In U.S., in Canada, I think the process is so much easier to play and study at the same time. And for me it’s really important to take my degree and taking in English will be easier to me to get a job, hopefully, so I’m really happy.

Dukate: Just like, when you play professionally, I was already older then usually people start university – I was not fresh out of high school. And kind of playing, I was seeing a lot of older athletes that has finished school before, in States or summer, so I was starting to think about it. Maybe it’s time, I need to get an education and it doesn’t mean I can’t play anymore… Saskatoon kind of have all programs I wanted to be in. I started with kinesiology, and now I transfer to psychology.

Syrjanen: For me I’m almost done my undergrad so I don’t have that many courses left. But for my master’s, I’m probably going to minor in sports management, so I have been able to take those courses in here so that’s a big part, and it’s actually been very interesting.

Lamonth: My passion is teaching, and my passion is also mathematics. So you put both of them together and you know, I want to be that passionate math teacher. Back home I was actually doing a bit of that, I already had a bachelor’s in math education. So when I got the opportunity to come to Canada to study, it was a win-win for me… I wanted to come and do something in math, in an international institution and to put that on my resume. So, not only that I was a passionate teacher but I’m also equipped with the content as well, and it’s been challenging studying math and statistics here but it’s worth it.

Best moment so far with your team?

Adams: Winning AUS for me. We just came together as a team, and just like jumping up and down on the court with your teammates, everything was worth it at the end of the day.  

Cadle: Getting to do back-to-back championships, but also the other one was last year on our exhibition trips we got to go to Calgary and we went to Banff, and being on top of the mountains in Banff was the most surreal experience I ever had in my life.

Lamonth: Coming back after one year of not playing and playing in one of our tournaments and got my career high, I had 15 points and 21 rebounds in one game, and I’ve never had that before. So that was pretty exciting for me. And… that was not actually my most, no. Actually, it was when my picture got up in the gym. After not playing for a year, I came back and then after that tournament, though, my picture was put in the gym. So if you come to the Concordia gym, just for this year, you’ll see a big picture of me.  

Dukate: Definitely in first year winning a national championship and then now. A big highlight was when all my starter team finished, and I was the only returning starter from that championship team and all these young girls came and we won CanWest in that year as well.

Gonçalves: Last year when we won the Canada West championship.

Jones: I want to say the best moment might be this weekend [Final 8]. There’s been really good moments but I feel like one really memorable moment is going to be this weekend.

Syrjanen: Yeah, probably. It’s yet to come!

What do your teammates tease you the most about?

Gonçalves: They’re always saying that I’m really cold and I’m complaining with the cold, and they actually think it’s funny. They think it’s really funny when I go to the bench and I’m a little bit frustration I start to talk in Portuguese and I expect someone to reply me. And like, they’re not going to reply they don’t know Portuguese, so they can’t.

Lamonth: My accent. It’s like, they like it but then when I say stuff, especially in the moment if I’m playing, my Jamaican Patois will come out and they’ll be like, they’ll laugh. Especially coach, they will laugh so much. Coach will be like, “Ladonna, they don’t understand you.” I’m like, “oh,” and then I come back and I break it up.

Cadle: My accent, 100%, all the time. I say words differently, like I have different words, so if I go and say “rubbish,” they will repeat the word rubbish ten times without fail.

Adams: The only thing I get made fun of is being old, because I’m going to be 26… so I’m the old lady in the locker room, especially with my knee surgeries and stuff.

Jones: My accent.

Syrjanen: Yeah.

Dukate: I would say coaches probably tease me more, they tease me probably from my first year when I was super-serious and I never smiled and never joked around. So they were just like, coach would say “walking on egg shells.” When we would sit down she’s like, “oh, do you remember when we even didn’t know who to put in a room with you,” so they would tease about that. And girls, if I say something really out of order, like if I have a sentence, like it makes sense translating from my language but it doesn’t make sense in English, so they would just laugh about me. Or I have a thick accent or some kind of particular word and they would say, “oh my god, say it again!”

It’s probably not given enough credit how difficult it is to move overseas or to another country to play basketball at this level and pursue a university degree. What would you say you are most proud of about yourself in your time here?

Gonçalves: I think I grew up a lot since I’m not so close to my, I’m really close to my family and friends, and like being away from them first time was like a shock. Because I wasn’t used to living together, living with people that I don’t know, sharing other things like a house and everything, but it’s different when you don’t know people. But I think my teammates really help me a lot, they’re family too, they always ask me if I need something, they’re always trying to make me feel at home so I’m really grateful.

Jones: I think dealing with a big injury, so I haven’t really played all season. Or I haven’t played my fullest the whole season… so I feel, just being able to stay engaged and being able to still give something to the team. I’m pretty out there, so I feel like I’ve taken a really big role in a motivator, I guess? Bringing energy every day and in games, and just keeping the team in good spirits. 

Syrjanen: At first, when I first came here I really thought I was good in English. I’ve always been good, I didn’t need any stress about it, but as soon as I came here, like being the only one who doesn’t speak it as a first language it was kind of hard to take part in conversations and actually like, if your thoughts line up fast. So I really feel like I’m proud of how I’ve developed in a way, because it doesn’t feel so hard anymore.  

Lamonth: That I was able to juggle all of this, being away from family. I’m basically alone, a lot of my teammates they have their families when things get down and they’re not really feeling it and they really need that motivation outside of their teammates and outside of their coaches, they can go home and get it there. For me, it’s like, I go back to my apartment after having a tough practice or having a bad midterm or something and I just have to deal with it. So a lot of times, I really look at it and I’m like, you’re really tough to be here, you’re fighting the weather, you have the practices, you’re dealing with aches and pains, your school, it’s a lot. And I’m really proud of myself to come this far, to be finishing this semester… this was probably my best year playing.

What are your plans after graduating?

Gonçalves: I would like to play professionally first, and then for sure keep connected with sports. I want to take psychology and then a master’s in sports so I want to help athletes and do their psychology part with them.

Lamonth: I would probably want to work here, pursue my passion of teaching math. But whether it’s here or going back home, but that’s really my passion is to be a math teacher, to help the youth. You know, I think a lot of kids they fear the subject and I think it has a lot to do with how it’s presented to them. And I think I have like that experience and I have the drive to go beyond to get kids to like the subject and to really show them the importance of math.

Jones: I want to travel. I want live in a van and just travel and just try to make money by taking photos.

Syrjanen: So I’m only here for a year, because this is like an exchange for me. So I’m going to go back home and finish my undergrad first and then master’s, so basically, still a bit school, I guess. I’m probably going to keep playing basketball in the Finnish top league.

Dukate: I haven’t decided yet, one plan is trying to apply for university in Calgary for counselling. Or other option is going to play pro, again for a couple of years and then saving money and stuff and then coming back and then studying. I haven’t really decided.

Adams: All my family is in the States, like I have nobody in Canada. So I’m pretty big of a family person so I’ll most likely be moving back home after I finish my master’s. But I plan on working with maybe a sports team or a university as a community liaison or something like that, but not quite sure I still have another year, so I’m not in any rush to go into the real world yet.

Cadle: I kind of always had it in my head when I first came here anyway that I do my four or five years and then go back home, but the more that I see Canada and kind of the States, the more I think that I feel like I could find a home here. And as I’ve kind of built my life and met people and establish relationships and stuff like that, so I genuinely have no idea at the moment. I’m just trying to concentrate on enjoying my time at Acadia and seeing where that takes me.

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Raptors 905 beat the drums on Capital City Go Go

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(Mississauga, ON) On Saturday afternoon the Raptors 905 were looking to start the month of March in the win column. With Montreal native Chris Boucher in the lineup and the addition of 2016 first round draft pick Wade Baldwin, the 905 put a roster on the floor that now includes four NBA prospects. 

Taking on a tenacious Capital City Go-Go the 905 knew they would have their hands full with former Tennessee guard Jordan McRae. The 905 came out of the gate strong with Boucher and Baldwin doing the heavy lifting on the offense, with Derek Cooke and Josh Adams doing the scrappy defensive work. The 905 shot 58% from three in the first quarter hitting 7-12 leading to a 37-23 lead at the end of the period.  

Any assemblance of a second quarter run by the Go-Go was quickly shut down by Cooke’s posterizing dunk on Capital City center Darel Poirier with 7:21 left in the frame. Rodney Pryor came in off the bench for the home side and quickly went 3-3 from beyond the arch.

The crowd was in frenzy and at one point it seemed like the 905 couldn’t miss – shooting 67% from the field with 4:52 left to go in the half.  The hosts would continue to sizzle, taking a commanding 79-50 lead into halftime.

Although Toronto native Duane Notice did not heavily contribute on the offensive end, he continued to remain active on both ends of the floor. The 905 guard grabbed six rebounds, many of them to seal stops as the Go-Go were making their second half push. With 9:00 left in the game the shooting percentages had evened out to 46.3% for the Go-Go and 51.3% for the 905.

Capital City pulled closer in the 4th quarter, at one point bringing the game within 12. Go-Go guard McRae was creating havoc for the Raptors interior defense and got to the line 14 times throughout the game. Capital City ended up being their own worst enemy, often stalling their own runs by turning over the ball or challenging the referees, resulting in technical fouls being assigned.

Boucher looks like he’s having a lot of fun on the court these days. I spoke to him briefly after the game and he mentioned, “When you play for the Raptors it’s like playing for Team Canada, it’s great to have the whole country behind you.”

 Go-Go guard Pe’shon Howard was ejected from the game with 2:45 to go for using a derogatory term towards an official. The 905 finished the game with the same great energy they started with, pushing through to a 135-119 victory.  When asked about the chippiness of the game Coach Mahlalela responded “I talk to the team a lot about energy, I think we use our energy on ourselves and not on the referees, whichever way the calls are going or whatever is happening the other sideline we worry about what we’re doing and try and use our energy for our own positive good and that was the message today”. 

Even though he’s a rookie Head Coach, Mahlalela is wise beyond his years. Having spent some time around the staff in clinics and practices there is always an emphasis that no matter what level of basketball success you achieve, you should always remain a student of the game and be willing to learn and absorb information from the others.  With connections to U Sports from his own playing days, Mahlalela continues to learn and obtain ideas from U Sports and Canadian college coaches, as well as giving many of them the chance to learn and serve on his coaching staff. The 905 will head out west for the week to take on Salt Lake City, Rio Grande Valley and the Austin Spurs.

Wade Baldwin’s 27 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds lead the Raptors. Derek Cooke Jr. was solid, pouring in 19 points with 16 rebounds. Canadian player of the night, Chris Boucher had 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Jordan McRae of the Go-Go led all scorers with 44 points.

Written by Berkeley Moses

Photo by Justin Jasmins

OSBA Final 8 – High School Championships at Ryerson, March 7-10, 2019

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The Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA) is hosting its Final 8 Championships for Men and Women at Ryerson University’s Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto.

Games will be played at Coca-Cola Court from March 7-10, 2019. Approved media will be given VIP cards that include access to Eggy’s Summit lounge for refreshments.

Schedules for opening games are below. For full tournament schedule visit our website.

If you are unable to attend please note that all games are being live streamed for free at https://www.ontariosba.ca/osbatv.

WOMEN’S FINAL 8

Thursday March 7th 2019
10am – #1 Crestwood Prep vs #8 Southwest Academy
12pm – #2 Capital Courts Academy vs #7 TRC Academy
2pm – #3 Lincoln Prep vs #6 Bill Crothers
4pm – #4 King’s Christian vs #5 Niagara Prep

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MEN’S FINAL 8

Friday March 8th 2019
10am – #3 TRC Academy vs #6 RISE Prep
12pm – #4 Thornlea SS vs #5 FHC Prep
2pm – #2 Ridley College vs #7 Vaughan SS
4pm – #1 Orangeville Prep vs #8 Central Tech

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Courtesy OSBA

Photo: Aerial Promotions


Competition heats up as 2019 U Sports Women’s Basketball National Championships starts

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Hosts Ryerson Rams to play in Quarterfinals against favourite Laval Rouge et Or

(TORONTO, March 5, 2019) – The 2019 U SPORTS Women’s Basketball National Championship begins this week in Toronto, hosted by Ryerson University. The Final 8 tournament will kick off with the Quarterfinals on Thursday, March 7th at Mattamy Athletic Centre.

The four-day tournament features the top eight U SPORTS women’s basketball teams from across Canada. The national champions will be crowned on Sunday, March 10th.

WHAT:      2019 U SPORTS Women’s Basketball National Championship  

WHO:           Final 8 teams:

1.    Laval Rouge et Or

2.    McMaster Marauders

3.    Saskatchewan Huskies

4.    Ottawa Gee-Gees

5.    Regina Cougars

6.    Acadia Axewomen

7.    Concordia Stingers

8.    Ryerson Rams (hosts)

WHEN:       March 7-10, 2019

WHERE:      Mattamy Athletic Centre, Ryerson University (50 Carlton St)

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Quarterfinals

No. 2 McMaster vs. No. 7 Concordia, 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT*

No. 3 Saskatchewan vs. No. 6 Acadia, 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT

No. 1 Laval vs. No. 8 Ryerson, 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT

No. 4 Ottawa vs. No. 5 Regina, 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT

*Elementary School Day game, with 1,000 local elementary school students in attendance

Friday, March 8, 2019

Consolation Semifinal #1 – 6:00 p.m.

Consolation Semifinal #2 – 8:00 p.m.

Teams TBD

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Semifinal #1 – 3:00 p.m.

Semifinal #2 – 7:00 p.m.

Teams TBD

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Consolation Final – 1:00 p.m.

Bronze – 3:00 p.m.

Gold – 7:30 p.m.

Teams TBD

Courtesy Ryerson Rams

Rowan Barrett named Senior Men’s National Team General Manager

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TORONTO, ON. (March 5, 2019) – Canada Basketball announced Tuesday that Rowan Barrett has been promoted to General Manager of Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team program.  Barrett succeeds former General Manager Steve Nash who will transition to a Senior Advisor role with the program, effective immediately.  

Barrett joined Canada Basketball management after being named Executive Vice President / Assistant General Manager in May 2012. He came to Canada Basketball after spending four years in a leadership role with Royal Bank of Canada.

“Rowan has demonstrated an ability to build a medal winning program and now he will be charged with assembling a coaching staff and roster which will give Canada our best chance to achieve our goal of medalling at both the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” said Glen Grunwald, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Basketball.  

Barrett is responsible for further developing several aspects of the Senior Men’s National Team program including advancements in analytics, style of play, strategy and team personnel.

“It is a tremendous honour to take on this role and help guide our national team to success on the international stage,” said Rowan Barrett, General Manager, Senior Men’s National Team.  “Not only are we focused on the podium but also continuing to develop a culture of winning and sacrifice within our teams as we proudly represent Canada every time we step onto the court.”

In addition, he also created the Canada Basketball Men’s High Performance Podium Pathway and worked on establishing the Gold Medal Profile, which outlines top global standards of system development and performance metrics.

“I am proud of the progress we’ve made as a country,” said Steve Nash, Senior Advisor.  “When I selected Rowan to be my Assistant General Manager, I knew he would do a good job and I am confident he will do a great job as General Manager.  I will always be there for Canada Basketball whenever Rowan or the team needs me.” 

Most recently, Barrett was the architect behind Canada’s FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers team that finished first in Group F with a 10-2 record and earned the country’s first appearance at the World Cup since 2010.

Since joining Canada Basketball, Barrett also established various developmental initiatives, including Junior Academy (2012), Tall Player Project (2015), Next Generation Program (2017) and the DreamMaker Development National Training Centre (2017).

“In order to ensure sustained and continued success on the international stage, it’s important that we continue to utilize our Targeted Athlete Strategy and NextGen programming to continue developing elite Canadian basketball players,” Grunwald said.

Since its inception in 2012, the Canada Basketball Junior Academy program, which was originally launched in Ontario, has expanded to multiple provinces and has greatly contributed to Canada’s rise from sixth to second in the FIBA World Ranking.  Four players from the program’s first class are projected to be selected this summer in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Under Barrett’s leadership, Canada captured a historic gold medal at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017, the country’s first at a FIBA world level event and highest since a silver medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics.  The team was recognized for their achievements and honoured with the Canadian Press Team of the Year Award for 2017, becoming the first basketball team to be recognized since the award’s inception in 1966.

Since 2014, for the first time in the country’s history, Canada has captured silver at each of the FIBA U16 and U18 Americas Championships and has finished inside the top five teams at the FIBA U17 and U19 World Championships.

During his playing career, Barrett was the career leader in caps and ranks second all-time in Canadian Basketball history. Barrett represented Canada in more than 115 games, including co-captaining Team Canada to a 7th place at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.  In addition, he also represented Canada at the 1998 and 2002 World Championships, 2003 Pan American Games and the 1999 and 2003 FIBA Americas Championships. Barrett also helped lead Canada to a silver medal in 1993 at the World University Games.

A native of Mississauga, Ont., after graduating from West Hill Collegiate Institute (Scarborough, Ont.), Barrett attended St. John’s University (1992-1996) where he appeared in 98 games for the Red Storm. 

Following his collegiate career, Barrett spent 12 years playing professionally in Europe with stops in Cyprus, France, Greece, Israel, Italy and Spain where he captured multiple championships.  During the 2004-05 season, Barrett earned Guard of the Year honours after averaging 21.5 points per game.  He also played professionally in Argentina and Venezuela.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

DVD Hangtime: 50 Years in Toronto Basketball History

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                        HANG TIME: 50 YEARS IN TORONTO BASKETBALL HISTORY                           DVD ORDER FORM (2-DVD Set, Total time 3hrs)

Hang Time: 50 Years of Toronto Basketball is a three-hour digital presentation chronicling the rich history of Toronto basketball and the phenomena of a metropolis growing from grassroots to pro hoops. A spin-off from veteran basketball play-by-play commentator Dana McKiel’s self-published bestseller released in 2001, Hang Time reveals thrilling championships, amazing dunks, spectacular triumphs and the legends behind the rise of basketball to the most popular sport in Toronto. Length approx. 3hrs (1 ½ hrs per DVD).

Executive Producer: Dana McKiel

Event Producer: Lance Winn

Event Technical Producer: Brendan Peltier

Event Producer/Lead Editor: Neil Folkard

DVD Produced by Drew Ebanks for On Point Basketball Inc. Filmed and edited by Lance Winn & The Paper Crane & Co./Marc Cusi.

Sponsor Credits: Newport Wealth Management, Barrick Gold, Sterling Dental, Toronto Eyecare, On Point Basketball.

Special thanks to Dana McKiel. Hangtime Copyright 2001 by Dana Mckiel. All Rights Reserved.

DVD Order Form Link (Google Docs): Click HERE

We will contact you upon order submission to confirm payment method and delivery.

Thanks for your support!

 

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