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On Point presents: Joey Haywood aka King Handles ‘School of Handles’ Ball Control Clinic

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ON POINT BASKETBALL PRESENTS:

JOEY HAYWOOD AKA KING HANDLES ‘SCHOOL OF HANDLES’ BALL CONTROL CLINIC SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST FROM 9AM-12PM ON LABOUR DAY WEEKEND IN THE 6IX AT THE TORONTO PAN AM SPORTS CENTRE.

On Point Basketball presents Joey Haywood AKA King Handles ‘School of Handles’ Ball Control Clinic for an incredible basketball event in Toronto. Join one of the best ball handlers in the world as he goes through a series of drills & skills to get your handle as ON POINT as it can be!

Hailing from Vancouver, B.C., King Handles has been one of the pre-eminent ball handling gurus touring all over the globe including Asia, Europe, Canada and the U.S.A. showing off his skills and teaching all ages of eager ball handlers.

Join us for an experience you won’t forget and bring the skills you learn with Haywood to your next basketball game, open run and tournament.

After the clinic, King Handles will take photos with all the ballers in a meet and great at 11:30am.

Be sure to sign up TODAY as spots will be limited!

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DATE: SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2019

LOCATION: TORONTO PAN AM SPORTS CENTRE

ADDRESS: 875 MORNINGSIDE AVENUE M1C-0C7

TIME: 9AM-12 NOON (REGISTRATION AT 8:30AM)

COST: $75 (INCLUDES T-SHIRT)

ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE EMAIL ON POINT BASKETBALL AT [email protected]

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Canada defeats New Zealand to improve to 3-1 in International Basketball Series

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (August 21, 2019) – The Canadian Senior Men’s Basketball team defeated New Zealand 103-100 in overtime on Wednesday to move to 3-1 in their five-game exhibition tour in Australia.

Canada was led by a 24-point effort from Phil Scrubb in a well-rounded scoring effort that saw six players reach double figures. Oshae Brissett added a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double before fouling out late in regulation, Kevin Pangos had 17 points and nine assists, Kyle Wiltjer scored 18,  Thomas Scrubb scored 12 and Owen Klassen added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Corey Webster scored a game-high 33 points to lead New Zealand in the loss.

Just one day after collecting a 122-88 victory over the same New Zealand squad, it quickly became apparent that Wednesday’s game would not be a repeat of Tuesday. After being in control from the jump in Tuesday’s victory, Canada opened Wednesday’s game 3-for-14 from the floor, including 0-for-7 from beyond the arc as New Zealand opened up a 14-4 lead midway through the quarter.  

Though Melvin Ejim closed out the first by blocking a shot attempt from Rob Loe, New Zealand still led 23-13 after the opening 10 minutes as Canada shot just 23 percent in the quarter, while giving up 40 percent shooting to New Zealand.

New Zealand extended its lead to 12 points early in the second, but free throws from Phil Scrubb and a three-pointer from Duane Notice brought Canada within seven as New Zealand called a timeout to regroup with 8:33 remaining in the half. Canada stepped up its defensive effort coming out of the timeout and a three-pointer from Scrubb capped an 8-0 Canada run to trim the lead to four.

The two teams traded misses before a three from Brissett gave Canada a brief one-point lead with 1:41 remaining in the quarter. New Zealand responded with a three of their own and went into the half with a 36-33 lead. Canada shot 27 percent in the first half to 31 percent shooting for New Zealand.

In the third quarter, it was Canada to score first as Brissett converted a tough shot in traffic. Pangos found Scrubb for a three with 6:33 remaining to get Canada within one, and then Wiltjer converted a three-point play to put Canada in front by two midway though the quarter.

After three-pointers from Scrubb and Wiltjer, the Canadians put together an 11-0 run to take an eight-point lead. Unfortunately for Canada, New Zealand closed the third on an 11-4 run to trim the lead to just one, 60-59, heading into the fourth.

The final quarter was a thriller. After Canada opened on an 11-2 run to take a 10-point lead with 7:05 remaining, New Zealand responded by scoring six straight to trim Canada’s lead to four. A three-pointer from Scrubb extended Canada’s lead to six with 2:25 on the clock, but New Zealand continued to push. Despite free throw woes late, New Zealand tied the game at 81 with 13 seconds remaining on a three-point play from Webster. Canada would have two more attempts to win the game, but Klassen and Wiltjer were off the mark and the teams went to overtime.

Canada opened the extra session with a 7-0 run thanks to a jumper and three-pointer from Wiltjer as well as a jumper from Pangos to go ahead 88-81 with 4:02 remaining. Wiltjer scored 11 of his 18 points in overtime as Canada completed the comeback win. He drilled a pair of free throws with 12 seconds remaining to put Canada ahead by four, then sank another pair with three seconds on the clock to seal the victory.

Up next for Team Canada is a meeting against the United States on Monday, August 26 in Sydney, Australia. Canada is now 3-1 on their five-game exhibition tour in Australia in advance of the FIBA World Cup.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Canada downs New Zealand as International Basketball Series shifts to Sydney

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (August 20, 2019) – The Canadian Senior Men’s National team defeated New Zealand 122-88 in Sydney on Tuesday thanks to a balanced scoring effort with six players in double figures.

Click here for the box score.

Canada was led by Aaron Best’s game-high 20 points, while Andrew Nembhard added 17, Oshae Brissett scored 16, Owen Klassen scored 12 and Duane Notice added 10 points. Point guard Kevin Pangos finished with 10 points, six rebounds and six assists in just 18 minutes of action.

“It was a great team effort,” Best said. “Guys were sharing the ball, we were getting up and down and getting after it on defence. We stuck to the game plan and we were able to come up with a win.”

Best shot 5-for-9 from the floor on Tuesday, including 4-for-8 from beyond the arc and 6-for-7 from the free-throw line.

“Any time you play sports, the highest honour is to be able to represent your country and I’m blessed to be able to do it so far from home in beautiful Australia,” Best said. “I’m just soaking it all up.”

Phil Scrubb opened the scoring in a wild first quarter of runs with a three-pointer and then hit another less than a minute later to give Canada a 6-0 lead. A layup for Melvin Ejim followed by a layup for Brissett gave Canada a 10-0 lead before New Zealand scored its first points at the free throw line at the 8:02 mark of the first quarter.

From there, New Zealand had its own 11-0 run to take a one-point lead, 13-12, with 4:18 remaining in the quarter. Canada responded quickly, scoring 20 straight and closing the quarter on a 20-2 run to lead 35-16 after the opening 10 minutes.

“I think the team has been meshing really well the last couple of weeks,” Nembhard said. “I think we’re bringing it all together. It was a good night for us.”

Team Canada suffered an unfortunate blow early in the second quarter when Kaza Kajami-Keane left the game with an ankle injury. Kajami-Keane had scored eight points in less than five minutes prior to leaving the floor.

Canada continued to roll in the second quarter. A layup from Brissett gave the team a 49-23 lead at the 4:59 mark as nine different Canadian players were already on the board. Canada didn’t give up any ground in the second, winning the quarter 26-21 to build a 61-37 lead at the half thanks to a blistering offensive performance where the team shot 56 percent from the floor, including 9-for-20 (45 percent) from beyond the arc. In comparison, New Zealand shot 28 percent in the first half, and 6-for-23 from three.

Team Canada struck first in the third quarter, with Brissett connecting on a three-pointer to extend the lead to 27. New Zealand began its push back, scoring nine straight to get within 18 points. Canada was slow to score in the first half of the third, but the team reeled off 26 points in the final 6:23 of the quarter to win the third 31-26 and take a 92-63 advantage into the fourth.

Though New Zealand received four three-pointers from Rob Loe in the fourth, they couldn’t get the stops needed at the other end to trim the deficit. Canada ended up winning the fourth quarter 30-25, taking all four quarters and scoring 30 points in three of four. Canada also won the battle of the boards 53-33 and finished 16-for-36 (44 percent) from beyond the arc.

“Coach preaches every day, making the right passes, playing as a team,” Nembhard said. “We’re working on us every day out here. We’re trying to get better every day and improve on what we did the day before.”

Tuesday’s game was the third of five exhibition games Team Canada will play in Australia in advance of the World Cup. The two teams will meet again on Wednesday and fans can catch the action on CBC Sports platforms and the free CBC Gem streaming service.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Canada splits series with Australia in Perth, International Basketball Series Continues Tuesday

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA (August 17, 2019) – The Canadian Senior Men’s Basketball team dropped an 81-73 decision to Australia on Saturday in Perth. This was the second game in as many days between the two teams, with Canada winning 90-70 in Friday’s contest.

Click here for the box score.

Khem Birch led the Canadians with a game-high 18 points in the loss, while Oshae Brissett added 14 points and Kaza Kajami-Keane added 11 points. Jock Landale led Australia with 13 points as Jonah Bolden scored 12 and Chris Goulding added 10.

“I thought it was very positive for us, these two games,” associate head coach Gordie Herbert said. “I thought we played extremely well. We competed. We played as a team. [Friday] night, obviously we shot the ball better from three-point land, but overall I thought it was a very positive two days for us.”

Canada was without Kevin Pangos who led the team with a game-high 18 points in Friday’s victory. Australia was without Patty Mills and Andrew Bogut in Saturday’s win. Despite the loss, the Canadian team felt there were many positives to take from the first two exhibition games played in Australia.

“I think we showed a lot of character in these last couple of games,” Melvin Ejim said. “We played really tough. This is a great Australia team, they have a lot of great players that are going to do very well, but I thought we showed promise, we showed we have the ability to compete no matter who we put on the floor.”

Though Canada led by one after the opening quarter, by eight in the second quarter, and by three at the half, they were unable to slow Australia offensively in the third. Up 33-30 at the halftime break, Canada shot 39 percent over the first two quarters, while Australia made just 27 percent of its shots. When Canada was connecting from deep, Australia struggled to hit the mark.

Things flipped for both teams in the third. Australia scored the first points of the quarter with Chris Goudling’s first three-pointer of the night tying the game at 33 points. Though Canada would respond with a 12-2 run to go ahead by 10 on a jumper from Birch with 5:42 remaining in the third, Australia found its touch from outside, drilling a trio of three-pointers in less than a minute to get within three. 

“We’ve only been together 10 days, this was our fourth game and I thought we really improved every game defensively,” Herbert said. “I just thought we had a little bit of a dry spell tonight, when our defence in transition, we didn’t match up … and they hit a couple of threes. Otherwise, I thought our defence was really good, really solid.”

After scoring 30 points in the first half, Australia outscored Canada 30-26 in the third where they also connected on 6-of-8 three-pointers. A pair of free throws from Joe Ingles gave Australia a 60-59 advantage after three. 

Canada struggled to score in the final quarter, shooting just 2-of-10 from the floor midway through. Though the team would use a 6-0 run to get within three at the 3:30 mark, Australia responded with a 9-0 run to go ahead by 12, the largest lead of the game, with 1:31 remaining.  Australia outscored Canada 21-14 in the fourth quarter.

Up next for Team Canada is a two-day break from games before beginning a two-game series against New Zealand on Tues. August 20 and Wed. August 21. Both games are available on CBC Sports platforms and the free CBC Gem streaming service.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Canada defeats hosts Australia to open the International Basketball Series

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA (August 16, 2019) – The Canadian Senior Men’s National team kicked off the first of five exhibition games in Australia with a 90-70 victory over Australia on Friday. 

Canada was led by an 18-point performance from Kevin Pangos and 12 points apiece from Andrew Nembhard and Kaza Kajami-Keane as six Canadians reached double figures in the win. Pangos shot 7-for-10 from the floor, including 4-for-6 from beyond the arc while adding six assists and four steals.

“It’s nice to see our guys play pretty good team basketball since we haven’t been together very long,” head coach Nick Nurse said after the victory.

In addition to his 12 points, Nembhard also added a team-high 10 rebounds to go with four assists in 27 minutes of action. “He gets places easy and I’m not quite sure how he does it,” Nurse said of Nembhard. “I’m trying to figure it out. He’s got this head fake, he’s in, he’s out, he’s over, he’s around, and all of a sudden he’s into some clear space. He’s got a funky game a little bit, for a 19-year-old kid, a pretty good game.”

In their first contest since arriving in Australia, Canada struck first with Kyle Wiltjer scoring the first points of the game. Shots were falling early for the Canadians who took a 10-point lead midway through the opening quarter on a three-pointer by Oshae Brissett. Australia would respond, cutting Canada’s advantage in half to trail by just five after the opening 10 minutes.

Canada stretched its lead back to double digits early in the second quarter, leading by 10 on a floater from Nembhard. Though Australia got within four with 3:46 remaining in the half, Pangos ensured Canada went into the break with a lead as he recorded three steals, a blocked shot, an assist and scored five points in the final 3:31 of the half to help Canada take a 10-point lead, 46-36, into the break.

“A group like this, when we’re playing hard like that, it makes up for a lot of mistakes,” Pangos said. “That’s what Coach [Nurse] has been preaching a lot. Play hard and aggressive. Play with confidence. I think we did a good job of that tonight. There’s definitely room for growth and that’s a positive.”

Pangos scored 13 of his 18 in the first half where he was 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. Canada was 7-for-20 from deep in the half. In comparison, Australia shot 3-for-15 from three as a team in the first two quarters.

“Chemistry is an elusive thing,” Nurse said. “I’m happy we’ve been able to get some. Most of these guys have played [together] in some form or window or national team basketball together, so there is some more history than just the 10 days, but I’m new so I’m still trying to learn them and they’re trying to learn me a little bit so it was nice to have a good chemistry at both ends.”

Canada opened the third quarter on a 5-0 run to quickly extend their lead to 15 points. Australia responded by going on a 6-0 run of their own to trim the deficit back to single digits. With Canada leading by nine at the 4:56 mark of the third, a three-pointer from Australia’s Chris Goulding completed a 9-0 run for Australia and tied the score at 57 with 2:54 remaining in the quarter. Canada responded once again, closing the third on a 10-3 run to lead 67-60 after three.

The fourth was all Canada as the Canadians excelled on both ends, outscoring Australia 23-10 in the quarter. Canada opened the final frame ahead by seven. With 5:41 remaining, Australia cut the lead to five, 71-66, on a layup from Jock Landale. From there, Canada closed the game on a 19-4 run to record a 90-70 victory.

Patty Mills led Australia in the loss with a game-high 20 points, while Landale added 18 points and eight rebounds. The two teams will meet again on Saturday, August 17th at 5:30 AM ET, available on CBC Sports platforms and the free CBC Gem streaming service.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Canada wins the FIBA 3X3 Women’s series Prague

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TORONTO, Ont. (Aug 3, 2019) – Team Canada defeated Poland 19-14 on Saturday to win the FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series Prague.

Entering the tournament as the No. 6 seed, Katherine Plouffe, Michelle Plouffe, Paige Crozon and Mariah Nunes represented Canada this weekend in Prague.

Canada went 3-0 with wins over Spain (12-9), Belarus (21-14) and Hungary (21-15) to finish first in Pool B and advance directly to the semifinals.  After defeating Russia 16-10 in the semifinal, Canada beat Poland in the finals for their first tournament win in the FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series.

The FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series is the first-ever FIBA 3×3 competition dedicated to women.  Each national federation can register one team at the FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series. Teams then qualify for individual events based on the number of events they have already been allocated to and their team ranking.

The Women’s Series Prague was the eighth event of the FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series 2019.  The 2019 season will consist of 8-12 events from May to September.  All games will be streamed live via FIBA 3×3 YouTube.

Canada has had a top four placement in each of the four tournaments they’ve entered this season.

Canada is currently ranked 40th (6th Americas) in the FIBA 3×3 Federation Rankings.

FIBA 3X3 Women’s Series Prague Champions Canada

Courtesy Canada Basketball

X-Men capture their first On Point Summer Pro Am title as Jayden Frederick shines dropping 30pts in the win

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(Toronto, ON) So the third annual On Point Summer Pro-Am came down to two teams…Toben and X-Men.

For X-Men, this was their first ever appearance in the championship game. This sort of atmosphere, meanwhile, was nothing new for Toben as they made it to the final for the third year in a row.

The last time Toben and X-Men faced off against each other, head coach Ryan Xavier’s team was up by almost 20 but a 14 point second half led to an epic collapse, losing 64-61 to the defending champs in what was the second game of the season for both teams.

On Sunday night at the Pan Am Sports Centre, X-Men made sure that history would not repeat itself twice, as they won their first ever On Point Summer Pro-Am title, winning 112-106.

Toben started off strong, going  up 14-6 early on before X-Men clawed their way back into it, eventually holding a five-point lead at the half.

The first-time champions were up by as many as 14 (81-67) late in the third quarter before Toben cut it to four with 30 seconds to go in the game. However, it came too little, too late for any attempt at a comeback by then.

Despite Toben hitting more threes (13-10), X-Men had the edge in many categories, including made field goals (40-39), made free throws (22-15), rebounds (46-39), assists (18-16), steals (7-6), and blocks (5-4).

Ryerson Rams forward Jayden Frederick was named Game MVP and X-Men’s On Point Performer of the Game after dropping a game-high 30 points (10/17 FG, 3/7 3FG, 7/7 FT) to go with six rebounds and three assists.

Frederick had a ton of help, however, as four of his teammates joined him in scoring in double figures. Kevon Parchment stuffed the stat sheet with 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists while Yusuf Ali had 17 and a game high seven assists. Davion Parnsalu had 13 while Khalil Miller had 10 and was a terror on the defensive end with a game high four blocks.

Theon Reefer led Toben with 28 points (12/24 FG, 3/10 3FG, 1/1 FT) and was named his team’s On Point Performer of the Game while Tevin Findlay had game-high 10 rebounds and a team-high 6 assists, along with scoring 23 points. Denny McDonald and Chad Bewley each scored 16 to round out Toben’s double digit scorers.

Thank you all for coming through to the On Point Summer Pro-Am over the past two weeks and we look forward to seeing you again next summer!

2019 Finalists Team Toben Basketball

STATS

X-Men

Jayden Frederick 30pts 6rebs 3assts 10/17FG

Kevon Parchment 24pts 8rebs 5assts 2stls on 8/18FG

Yusuf Ali 17pts 5rebs 7assts on 5/11FG

Davion Parnsalu 13pts 2rebs 2stls on 5/9FG

Toben

Theon Reefer 28pts 3rebs 2assts 1stl 1blk on 12/24FG

Tevin Findlay 23pts 10rebs 6assts 1stl

Denny McDonald 16pts 6rebs 2blks on 6/11FG

Chad Bewley 16pts 6rebs 4assts

Written by Kajan Thiruthankikasalam. Check out Kajan on Twitter.

Photos by: Reel Motion Image. Check out Reel Motion on Twitter

Canada finishes sixth at the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup

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BANGKOK, THAILAND (July 28, 2019) – Canada fell to China 72-64 on Sunday to finish in sixth place at the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2019.

Click here for the box score.

Brynn Masikewich was named Canada’s top performer of the game with 11 points and nine rebounds. Taya Hanson led Canada in scoring with 15 points, while Roxane Makolo had nine points and six rebounds. Yuan Li of China recorded a game-high 23 points in the win.

Although Canada was the first to score, China led for the remainder of the first quarter. At the buzzer, China was up 18-10.  

Canada worked hard in the second quarter to catch up to China. With 1:43 seconds on the clock, a three-point jump shot from Sarah Te-Biasu saw the Canadians trailing by just four points. Unfortunately for Canada, China extended their lead once again late in the quarter and Canada entered halftime down 35-24.

Team Canada managed to outscore China in the third quarter, 18-13, and entered the fourth down by just six points at 48-42.  Canada managed to score 22 points in the fourth quarter, just two less than China, but their efforts were not enough as China walked away with the 72-64 victory.  

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QUOTES

“China hurt us in defensive transition and we struggled to defend some of their actions. We were able close the gap midway through the 4th but China hit some big shots down the stretch.” – Head Coach Claire Meadows

Courtesy Canada Basketball

X-Men & Toben will play for the 2019 On Point Summer Pro Am title

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(Toronto, ON) A frantic day at the Toronto Pan Am Centre wrapped up on July 24 as the final, for the first time in On Point Summer Pro-Am history, will not feature both Toben and On Point.

Instead, it will be Toben and X-Men who advance to Sunday night’s championship game. For Toben, it will be their third trip to the final in as many years while X-Men advances to the final for the first time ever.

Here are the final standings:

Team Wins Losses Points For Points Against Point Differential
Toben 2 1 242 219 23
X-Men 2 1 247 229 18
On Point 2 1 258 252 6
Starting 5 0 3 217 264 -47

X-Men (93) vs. Starting 5 (79) 

Five players scored in double figures for Team X-Men, led by Jayden Frederick’s game high 23 points as the team shot 50 per cent from the field overall and hit 38.2 per cent of its triples (13/34).

Frederick wasn’t the only other Ryerson Ram that showed out last night as Yusuf Ali and Warsame Mohamed also had big games. Ali continued to showcase his floor game with 12 points and a game high six assists while Mohamed continues to show off his offensive game as he had 14 points and five rebounds.

Rico DiLoreto had 14 points while Kevon Parchment had 13 points to round out the double-digit scorers for X-Men. The first-time finalists never trailed throughout the game.

Devin Johnson led starting 5, with 22 points. Robert Nortmann had another solid game on the interior with 14 points and seven rebounds while Christian Casimier had 12 points and Reggie Perez had 11 points off of the bench.

X-Men, led by head coach Ryan Xavier, has players that have played with each other at different post-secondary institutions in the past (ex. Ryerson) and that chemistry has been key throughout the season. 

ON POINT (92) VS TOBEN (87)

After the double-digit victory in the preceding game clinched X-Men a spot in the championship game, it came down to one final game to determine who would take that second spot and face them.

For Toben, their scenarios were to either win or not lose by double digits. On Point was under real pressure in this situation because not only did they have to win… they had to win by at least 14 points in order to advance.

And although Team On Point managed to pull out the win, it was only by five, as Toben advanced to its third straight final, looking to repeat as On Point Summer Pro-Am champions.

It was a game in which foul trouble was the story throughout the game for both teams. A total of 54 personal fouls (25 for Toben, 29 for On Point) were called in the game.

On Point had six players that scored in double figures, led by Jalyn Pennie’s 19 points, five rebounds, five assists, and game high four blocks. Chris Parker had 18 points and five assists while Daniel Gordon had 16 points and Darnell Landon dropped 15 points.

Jamal Reynolds stuffed the stat sheet once again with 11 points, five rebounds and four assists while Jabari Craig chipped in with ten points. 

Denny McDonald led Toben for the third straight game in scoring, finishing with 21 points and nine rebounds. James Siakam had 16 points and a team high three steals while Theon Reefer had 13 points.

Freddy Appiah led all players with six assists and hit two big triples to keep Toben near or below that 14-point margin.

It looked like Team On Point would break down that vaunted 14-point threshold as they were up 13 with less than two minutes to go in the game. But Zach Marcelline and James Siakam both hitting contested triples and costly turnovers in the backcourt proved to be too much to overcome for On Point as they are officially eliminated from championship contention.

Jayden Frederick of Team X-Men

On Point Summer Pro Am Championship Game: X-Men vs. Toben at 8pm at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre on Sunday July 28th, 2019. Admission FREE

Written by Kajan Thiruthanikasalam. Check out Kajan on Twitter.

Photos by Jeremy Zheng

Canada defeats Japan in Classification Round at FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2019

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BANGKOK, THAILAND (July 27, 2019) – Canada defeated Japan 62-59 on Saturday morning in the Classification Round at the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2019.

Click here for the box score.

Aaliyah Edwards was Canada’s top performer of the game with 12 points and seven rebounds. Matching Edwards in points was Christina Morra, while Brynn Masikewich matched Edwards in rebounds and contributed 10 points of her own. Nanako Todo recorded a game-high 14 points in the loss for Japan.

Japan started the game in the lead up 10-3 within the first three minutes. Canada began to chip away at the deficit and by the end of the first quarter, Canada had turned the seven-point difference to just three points. At the buzzer, Team Canada was only down 16-13.

Within the first few seconds of the second quarter, Team Canada had made it a one-point game thanks to a jump shot from Morra. Canada first took the lead after Edwards drew the foul and made both free throws making the score 17-16 at the 8:53 mark. They remained in the lead for the remainder of the quarter and entered the halftime up 31-24.

Canada continued to lead to start the third quarter, but halfway through the frame, Japan cut the lead down to just five points. By the time just two minutes remained, Canada had managed to extend their lead to 13 points. Though in those two minutes, Japan cut the lead once again making it a four-point difference. Canada entered the fourth quarter up 49-45.

Three minutes into the fourth quarter, the two teams were tied 53-53. Japan took the lead after a good three-point shot, but Canada did not back down. Shortly after, Masikewich’s own three tied the two teams once again. Canada remained in the lead for the rest of the game as Japan trailed close behind. The two teams fought hard until the buzzer, but ultimately Canada came out on top.  

Canada earned a historic bronze medal at the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2017 in Udine and Cividale del Friuli, Italy. The bronze was Canada’s first medal in eight appearances at the event since it began in 1985. Last summer, the team earned a silver medal at the FIBA U18 Women’s Americas Championship 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico. Canada is currently ranked 4th worldwide in the FIBA World Ranking Presented by NIKE.

Click here for the roster.

QUOTES                 

“There were a lot of runs in that game and I felt like we did a good job of staying composed and working through different situations. We were successful when we got the ball inside and our bench gave us some good production.” – Head Coach, Claire Meadows

UP NEXT       

Canada will take on China in the 5-6 Classification Round tomorrow at 3:30 AM ET. Fans can catch the game streaming live on FIBA YouTube or the Canada 

Courtesy Canada Basketball

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