Saturday, 11 August 2007

Canada Begins Next Round at FISU Games Late Tonight

Canada's entry at the FISU Games men's basketball tournament begins tries to take the next step toward a medal later tonight (Sunday in Thailand) when the side faces off against Korea (Midnight ET/1:30 PM Thailand time). Much like the Korean side Canada faced at the recent FIBA World U19 championships, the FISU games version of the Korean team is described as a quick group that moves the ball very well and will launch their fair share of 3's. With guards who can be difficult to handle off the dribble, the Koreans will utlitize the punch and kick game to set up their perimeter shooters. With only 2 legitimate big men, Korea will rely on the play of their guards. Defensively, Korea will play alot of zone but even still appear to be somewhat vulnerable inside so Canada will look to play inside out with 6'10" Neil MacDonald and the remaining cast of big men being looked upon to score and find perimeter shooters from the blocks. Canada needs to defend the ball and make shots to be successful. We should have a report tomorrow morning.

Nice article in the Corner Brook Western Star on Acadia's Chris Ogbuah and his recent stint in Ireland Ogbuah gains new hoops perspective during stint in Ireland

Friday's Results from the U-17 National championships in Sherbrooke where most games were blow outs with the exception of a pair of interesting matchups including Alberta coming from 10 down at halftime to defeat Saskatchewan 93-70 as Manny Arop finished with a 22 point/10 rebound double/double and Taylor Norum added 15 including a perfect 4 for 4 from 3 point land; later, Saskatchewan came back with a solid fourth quarter, blowing open a tie game after 3 quarters to defeat Nova Scotia 91-78 behind 24 points and 11 rebounds from Austin Bates. In other games in the blow out category on Friday, Nova Scotia earlier defeated PEI 71-31, BC dropped NWT 97-28, Ontario downed New Brunswick 95-66 after jumping out to a 20 point halftime lead, while Quebec bombed Manitoba 89-64 after leading 50-19 at halftime. The tournament continued today.

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