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    Post by Coach Clement on Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:43 am

    The Pools are as follows:

    Group A
    Brazil
    United States
    Virgin Islands
    Mexico

    Group B
    Canada
    Argentina
    Columbia
    Puerto Rico

    Overall if past performance is any indicator I would say Pool B is probably the tougher of the two.

    We play in order Puerto Rico, Colombia,and Argentina with 1 and 2 in the pool crossing over in the semi-finals. We have a very strong entry but we cannot look past anybody in the first round.

    I feel like we are capable of beating the USA but would prefer to meet them in the Gold Medal game. This could be a historic tournament for Canada!


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    Post by Coach Clement on Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:03 pm

    Here are the players who will represent us :

    Matthew Atewe Centre 6-9

    Braxston Bunce Centre 6-10

    Tyler Ennis Guard 6-2

    Kaza Keane Guard 6-1

    Trey Lyles Forward 6-9

    Conor Morgan Forward 6-8

    Duane Notice Guard 6-2

    Marko Pirovic Forward 6-7

    Xavier Rathan-Mayes Guard 6-4

    Jamal Reynolds Guard 6-4

    Denzell Taylor Forward 6-7

    Andrew Wiggins Forward 6-7


    This is a very solid lineup!


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    Post by Coach Clement on Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:46 pm

    Arguably the most talented group of players we have ever fielded at this age.

    There is a core of key players who are with the outstanding Bounce CIA AAU team. The chemistry should be there.

    A medal is a modest expectation for this kind of talent!


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    Post by Coach Clement on Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:14 am

    Gametime vs. Puerto Rico is 4:00 p.m. their time I'm not sure if there is a time difference at all.

    It appears from looking at a time zone map that we may be two hours behind but I'm not positive. If correct gametime would be 2:00 p.m. Toronto time.

    Is there any local coverage?


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    Post by Coach Clement on Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:31 am

    Xavier Rathan-Mayes tweeted:

    Everyone go online and watch our game at http://FibaAmericas.com to watch us play Puerto Rico 3pm eastern time #TeamCanada

    So it is available then.

    We need this first step on the way to big things!


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    Post by setshot on Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:38 am

    According to a few sites (USAbasketball, etc.), the time difference is 1 hour. Canada plays at 3:00pm EDT. Gonzaga's board says the game is streaming on "www.fibaamerica.com" , the USA game is earlier so will be able to check earlier.
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    Post by setshot on Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:56 pm

    Sorry, no streaming, only Live Stats through the FIBA America site.
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    Post by Coach Clement on Sat Jun 16, 2012 3:09 pm

    Better than nothing!


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    Post by Coach Clement on Sat Jun 16, 2012 3:46 pm

    Canada leads 24-10 at end of first quarter.


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    Post by Coach Clement on Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:10 pm

    43-17 at the half. Trey Lyles already has a double-double.

    63-32 at end of third!


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    Post by Coach Clement on Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:09 pm

    77-51 next up Colombia!

    Equal mins. impressive showing!!!


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    Post by Coach Clement on Sun Jun 17, 2012 7:51 am

    Puerto Rico vs. Argentina today should give us an idea of the relative strength of our pool. Could be an interesting tilt!

    My bet is its a competitive game with Argentina coming out on top!


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    Post by Coach Clement on Sun Jun 17, 2012 7:54 am

    Of course the key games are tomorrow:

    USA vs. Brazil
    Canada vs. Argentina

    These will likely decide the semi-final crossovers which will be the key to deciding the champions.


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    Post by dbet on Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:57 pm

    Anyone know if/when Canada Basketball will put together a bid to host one of these tournaments? It seems like we are always travelling to Central/South America for one of these tournaments. It would be sure nice to see our teams on home soil.
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    Post by Henry Carr Basketball on Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:29 pm

    Best of luck to the entire team but especially Tyler Ennis and Matthew Atewe, former teammates at Fr Henry Carr.

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    Post by Coach Clement on Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:10 pm

    After struggling a little (17-17 end of 1st) Canada goes on huge run in 2nd Quarter to lead 47-32 at half.

    Wiggins 13 McIntyre 10 Rathan-Mayes and Lyle 8 each.


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    Post by Coach Clement on Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:43 pm

    Colombia is hanging in they outscored us 27-19 in the third.

    Game score : Canada 66 Colombia 59


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    Post by Coach Clement on Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:08 pm

    Huge 4th quarter 32-8

    Final score : Canada 98 Colombia 67

    Canada has qualified for the Worlds in Lithuania.

    Now lets get a medal!


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    Post by Coach Clement on Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:57 am

    To avoid facing the U.S. in a semi-final we will need a win over always-tough Argentina.


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    Post by Coach Clement on Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:30 pm

    Big win 75-68 we will likely get Brazil in the semi-finals. USA is breezing!


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    Post by Coach Clement on Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:48 pm

    We have the matchup we hoped for but they are the home side.

    This may not be easy at all! pale


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    Post by Coach Clement on Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:50 am

    Tough loss - Brazil hit some big shots in the 4th quarter. Argentina tomorrow for bronze. They too will be tough!


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    Post by Coach Clement on Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:12 pm

    Canada wins bronze 68-66 over Argentina.

    I hoped for more. Becoming a force on the world stage takes time I guess.


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