Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Dalembert Cleared to Play, Canada Tops New Zealand by 12

As had been widely speculated, 6'10" Samuel Dalembert has been cleared to play for Canada at the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament in Las Vegas. Dalembert's citizenship issues were cleared up earlier this week and he is now officially a Canadian citizen. From a press release issued by Canada Basketball, it appears that at least 4 players with experience at NBA camps are scheduled to attend Canada Basketball's camp at the Air Canada Center currently ongoing including Olu Famutimi, Denham Brown and Carl English. Globe and Mail Article by Michael Grange

At the Super 4 tournament in Argentina, the hosts won their first round game in the Super 4 tournament, overcoming Uruguay 82-74. Both teams are looking for their best shape because they will be playing in Las Vegas the Pre-Olympic torunament. Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) shined again with 26 points and Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) and Roman Gonzalez (206-C-78) added 12 each from the bench. Argentina will play the championship game against Spain "B", which earlier defeated Canada.

Canada's student team moved to 2-0 at the FISU Games in Thailand, knocking off New Zealand 74-62 as 6'5" Jevohn Shepherd took the game over after the intermission, scoring 21 of his game-high 28 points in the second half, including 7 straight late in the third quarter as Canada took a 15 point lead and then coasted to the win. 6'8" Leon Henry, a key member of New Zealand's Jr. National team had 13 points and 5 blocks to lead the Tall Blacks. Shepherd went 7-10 from the floor in the second half including 3 3's and finished with 7 rebounds in by far his best game internationally for Canada. 6'1" Tristan Blackwood finished with 13 points for Canada while co-captain 6'3" Jamie McNeilly had 12 and 6'4" Josh Gibson-Bascombe had 8, including a key 3 in the third quarter run that helped break open a reasonably close game, taking Canada's lead from 7 to 15 near the end of the quarter. Canada took a 31-25 lead into halftime in their second game of the preliminary round at the FISU Games in Thailand and will win Group A of the preliminary round. For more information, please visit
Canada FISU Games stats Canada now awaits the completion of the preliminary to find out their opponents in the championship round.

We are now in Moncton visiting newly-appointed Atlantic Baptist University Head Coach Greg Maillet, working hard on his first recruiting class. We should be posting again sometime tomorrow.

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