|Host City: Kayseri|
|Host City: Istanbul|
|Host City: Ankara|
|5. Puerto Rico||1/4||6|
|6. Cote d'Ivoire||1/4||6|
|Host City: Izmir|
|3. New Zealand||3/2||8|
|#||Name||P||Height||DOB||Place Of Birth||Club|
|08/02/1983||Toronto,CAN, Canada||Triumph Lyubertsy, Superleague A (RUS)|
|19/04/1991||Kamloops, Canada||Gonzaga, NCAA (USA)|
|17/04/1984||Ottawa, Canada||Tapiolan Honka, Korisliiga (FIN)|
|01/11/1983||Edmonton, Canada||Clermont, LNB (FRA)|
|06/01/1983||Toronto, Canada||Ginebrai, PBL (PHI)|
|21/02/1984||Toronto, Canada||Oyak Renault, TBL (TUR)|
|02/11/1986||Syracause, New York, USA||New York Knicks, NBA (USA)|
|05/12/1985||Ontario, CAN, Canada||Juvecaserta, Lega A (ITA)|
|06/06/1989||Baton Rouge, USA||Gonzaga, NCAA (USA)|
|08/04/1986||Toronto, CAN, Canada||Osnabrueck, Pro A (GER)|
Levon Maxwell S.
|04/07/1984||Vancouver, CAN, Canada||Maroussi, A1 Ethniki (GRE)|
|09/08/1982||Montreal, CAN, Canada||Miami Heat, NBA (USA)|
IZMIR (FIBA World Championship) - A disciplined 24-13 final quarter and the brilliance of stalwart Fadi El Khatib have delivered an emotional 81-71 victory over Canada in Izmir, which they celebrated with their vocal fans.
For much of the game Canada looked the better team, but a stunning second half display by El Khatib (31 points, 8 rebounds) and strong support from point guard Rony Fahed (17 points) and Matt Freije (12 points, 4/7 three pointers) allowed Lebanon to record their come-from-behind victory.
For Canada, Joel Anthony was a force inside with 17 points and 6 rebounds, and received support from Andy Rautins (10 points), Denham Brown (13 points) and Levon Kendall (11 rebounds).
Crucially, Lebanon restricted Anthony and Rautins, who were dominant in the first half, to just two field goal attempts in the final quarter.
Both teams promised to play quick and in the first quarter they delivered, thrilling the large crowd in Izmir. Rautins nailed two big three pointers early, which were answered in kind by Lebanon big man Matt Freije.
Canada broke free after quarter time and consecutive Anthony baskets gave them a 30-25 lead. But Lebanon answered to draw even to set the trend for the next two quarters.
Canada started the third term with a 7-1 run, but Lebanon answered immediately through back-to-back threes from El Khatib and Fahed, who visited with FIBATV.Com after the game.
Canada then responded with two of their own to take a 52-44 lead with 4:45 to play, but El Khatib would not let his team lie down, scoring at will near the basket on his way to 16 points for the quarter to bring Lebanon within one.
The last quarter was all Lebanon, who executed in the half court and coolly converted important free throws, leaving Canada coach Leo Rautins to lament his team shooting 2/9 from the perimeter in the final term and a 26-11 foul count.
Lebanon faces France tomorrow at 6:30pm, while Canada will regroup to take on Lithuania at 4pm.
Ali Mamoud (Player) : We had prepared very well physically and psychologically. We concentrated on the game. All victories are important for us, there has been four years since our last good performance but every victory has a different importance for us.
Tab Baldwin (Coach): We are happy. People don’t expect anything from teams like Lebanon. Basketball is universal sport and there are important players all over the world. Canada was a hard team. Fadi El Khatib played very well in the World and Asia Championships, he believes in himself and he is playing very well.
We defeated France four years ago. There are so many injured players but they are one of the best teams in the world. We will play our best against France.
Leo Rautins (Coach): It was a hard game for us. There were differences between two teams. We made so many turnovers. Lebanon scored so many points from free-throws. But now we will focus on tomorrow’s game. Lithuania is a good team. We need to be more aggressive.
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Tactics and team spirit yet again key for modest Canadians
Teams in Canada’s group may not be trembling with fear at the thought of facing the Canadians, but nor should they take them lightly. Chemistry, tactical intelligence and a massive dose of their famous team spirit are what they will rely on in Turkey.
Canada continue to be a team in transition and one that sticks to their principles. They are pretty much forced to consider that one of the biggest legends in world basketball no longer plays. Just don’t expect this hungry young team to feel sorry for themselves now that veteran Steve Nash has given up on wearing the Maple leaf on his chest.
Under the leadership of Leo Rautins, Canada are beginning to slowly but surely punch above their weight as the head coach continues to oversee a programme of bringing in fresh-faced players and moulding a hard-nosed team with a workmanlike and defensive ethic.
This has served them well in the last couple of years and anyone who doesn’t subscribe to the mantra of Rautins can consider themselves no longer part of the team – no matter who they are or how big their reputation. Just ask Sacramento Kings center Samuel Dalembert. He was thrown out of the National Team programme in 2008 by Rautins after his attitude failed to match the standards laid down by the coach. It pretty much cost them their place at the 2008 Olympics but unity, chemistry and a common goal rule the roost in the Canadian locker room.
Canada can only get wins one way and that is no longer through a marquee and highly-talented individual like Nash. Instead, Rautins has got this team really playing for each other and this is a group that continues to evolve – even being in Turkey for this Championship is a clear indication of their progression.
In fact, while Canada will enter as something of underdogs compared to a lot of other nations in the tournament, there is a quiet confidence about the team and that would have been increased further had Rautins been successful in getting NBA duo Matt Bonner and Jamaal Magloire to Turkey.
Even though both options ended up being exhausted and unsuccessful, Canada are a gutsy team that continues to throw young players into the fray and sticks to its guns when it comes to a basketball programme that has demanded patience and belief. To achieve their vision, Rautins has utilised class acts and experienced players like Jermaine Anderson and more recently defensive kingpin Joel Anthony of the Miami Heat.
Most pleasing of all, the younger players – and not least the coach’s own son and new New York Knicks player Andy Rautins – are getting better and better. With each tournament, their influence is definitely increasing. The biggest blow for Rautins comes via the absence of star man Carl English - a genuine contender for MVP status in any game, who will now sit out the tournament due to an injury as is also the case with forward Jesse Young.
The Turkish experience is simply the latest chapter in what is proving to be a long, but hopefully fruitful journey for Canadian Men’s basketball. After all, it’s a decade since the team hit the ‘heights’ with seventh spot at the 2000 Olympics and progression to the latter stages would be a genuine shock.
But be warned. Canada are not beyond creating shocks. This is evidenced by the fact they surprised an NBA laden Domincan Republic team in the FIBA Americas Championship last year to punch their ticket and reach the World Championships for the first time since 2002. It has went some way to burying the hurt of missing out last time when they failed to qualify in 2006 – for the first time since the 1960’s.
With a superb team chemistry, system that suits their players and a collective spirit that will probably not be bettered anywhere else in the tournament, a lack of depth in terms of quality and talent might not be as much of a hurdle as you might expect .
|2014||FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men||2nd|
|2013||FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Men||3rd|
|2012||FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men||3rd|
|2011||FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Men||3rd|
|2010||FIBA U17 World Championship for Men||3rd|
|2010||FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men||3rd|
|2009||FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Men||3rd|
|2008||FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men||3rd|
|2005||FIBA U21 World Championship for Men||3rd|
|1964||Pre-Olympic Basketball Tournament||3rd|
|1936||Olympic Games : Tournament for Men||2nd|
|10||Andrew Jay Rautins||G|
|11||Aaron Rene Doornekamp||F|
|12||Robert Gegory Sacre||C|
|13||Jevohn Tyrone Shepherd||SF|
|14||Levon Maxwell S. Kendall||F|
Head coach: Leo RAUTINS