Monday, 16 July 2007

In the News + Canada vs. Spain at 2:45 PM ET

Chad Lucas of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald reports on the recent signings by St. FX stars Garry Gallimore and Neil MacDonald to professional contracts in Belgium Gallimore, MacDonald head to Belgium

Chris Cochrane of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald talks about the recent hiring by Acadia of Brian Heaney Heaney’s timing is impeccable Also, John DeCoste of Nova News Now provides his thoughts on the recent Heaney signing Second Heaney era begins at Acadia also Alex J. Walling's article in the Daily News A week to remember and forget at Acadia

Canada's 1976 men's basketball Olympic team will get together in Vancouver later this week as part of Canada Basketball celebrations and St. FX coach Steve Konchalski, an assistant on that team, fondly recalls arguably the greatest victory in Canadian basketball history: August 19th, 1975, when Canada met the world and Olympic champions from the USSR in the Intercontinental Cup at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. The USSR had several NBA-ready players including Alexander Belov, who had sunk the winning basketball at the buzzer at the 1972 Olympics to stun the star-studded USA and were riding a 4 year winning streak which included the Olympic gold medal and the gold at the most recent World Championships. Canada, preparing to host the 1976 Olympics in Montreal in which we would finish fourth, came back to upset the Russians at MLG behind guard Billy Robinson, who had 19 second-half points to lead Canada to the milestone victory. This team will get together in Vancouver on Thursday night and Coach Konchalski has a surprise for all the team members. Interestingly, one day after Canada's big victory over the USSR (August 20th, 1975), Coach Konchalski accepted the head coaching job at St. Francis Xavier and is still going strong in Antigonish almost 32 years later. Groundbreaking team off to Hall Also another Chris Kallan article on that team Donohue dared to dream

Finally, an article from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Vancouver's 6'10" Levon Kendall, currently playing in an NBA Summer League with the Utah Jazz. Kendall is a dual-citizen, Canadian with an Irish passport, which makes him more desirable in the European basketball leagues, which have a limit on the number of Americans on each team. Expect Kendall to be in the mix as Canada's Sr. National team puts together its roster for the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament. Former Pitt players to meet in NBA summer league

Don't forget that Canada's Jr. National team begins the second round (12 teams remaining) of the FIBA World U19 basketball championships in Serbia against highly-touted Spain and their NBA prospect 6'9" Victor Claver. Best of luck to the team.

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