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Old 06-12-2014, 07:16 AM   #26
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Toronto presently at 15-4, still leading the Eastern Conference.

Tracey McGrady returns to Toronto to be welcomed back to where he started his pro career but left since he didn't want to be overshadowed by his cousin Vince Carter, prompting many Raptors fans to be hostile toward every time he came back. Will they bitterly boo him here again? This is a big game for the Raptors all around with LeBron and his Cavs coming to the T.O. on a 4-game winning streak and want to extend that on the best in the East
http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...cavs_game.html

Vaughn, Ontario's own Andrew Wiggins at 19 years old certainly can more than hold his own defensively. Does and will have some offensive bursts during the course of his rookie season. But is still very media-shy and, with his age, a salivating work in progress. But will get better as a two-way player in the Twin Cities. Does make you wonder how Wiggins would've fared under LeBron's tutelage.
http://www.thestar.com/sports/basket...progress.html#

Toronto is without All-Star DeMar DeRozan suffered a torn left adductor longus tendon during last Friday versus Dallas at the 8:23 mark of the third quarter and didn't return. For the Raptors-Cavs pregame, there will be a GM Masai Ujiri-organized Nelson Mandela: Giant of Africa tribute at the Air Canada Centre on the one year anniversary of his death at 94. Since Ujiri is Nigerian, it hits him home more so as an African and of Mandela's understanding of using sport to bring various people together in mutual understanding:
http://www.nba.com/raptors/press-rel...derozan_112914
http://www.thestar.com/sports/doug_s...nio_bytes.html
http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...on_at_acc.html
http://www.nba.com/raptors/holly-blo...fafrica-120514

Over at NBL Canada, the 2 Peel Region teams currently are at the bottom half of the 4-team NBL Canada Central Division. But Mississauga has the above .500 record at 4-3 and Brampton, despite winning three games in a row, sits last at 3-5. Last weekend, they knocked off the London Lightning on the road in London, Ontario 131-118. The A's right are in their Atlantic Canada trip to see the Island Storm tonight in Charlottetown and later the Moncton Miracles on Saturday before coming home next Saturday against the NBL Canada champs Windsor Express. After falling to rivals Brampton, the Mississauga Power will play their first game of December Sunday at the Hershey Centre against the just-aforementioned Windsor after having last week off. The the Power goes to London to face the 2x NBL Canada champs Lightning at the Budweiser Gardens.

#3 Ryerson Rams went to Ottawa for the Doomsday Double weekend as part of the top three men's basketball teams in the whole CIS with #1 Carleton and #2 Ottawa duking it out...and the Rams get the usual Ottawa pounding to other teams that weekend from both the Ravens and Gee Gees for their consequent first losses of the Rams' season

The #8 Rams women, however, managed an Ottawa split stopping powerful Ottawa but later upset by Carleton:
http://www.oua.ca/sports/mbkb/2014-1...20141128nrsunx
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209786293
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209787503

Its OUA Toronto road weekend partner in the Canadian capital, the Toronto Varsity Blues, fared no better against the Ottawa-based schools. At all.
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2014...px?path=mbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2014...px?path=mbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2014...px?path=wbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2014...px?path=wbball

York Lions teams went to Queen's and then returned home to close out the 2014 half of the season with the young Algoma Thunderbirds. Playing in Kingston to face the Queen's Gaels, York staged a very comeback only to fall short in the end 86-84 in their first OUA East matchup of the season. The York men hit the century mark soundly pummeling Algoma 110-75 to end the 2014 semester. Their sisters, who are quite young roster-wise, continued on their losing streak tom start the season, losing to last season's CIS Final 8 member Queen's . But at their Tait Mackenzie Center home, the York women ended 2014 on a positive pulling away from the then-equally winless Algoma by 36 for their first win Saturday:
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2014/1...th=mbasketball
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2014/1...129142533.aspx
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2014/1...126144732.aspx
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2014/1...129140709.aspx

All three Toronto CIS, like with the rest of the CIS across Canada, end their 2014 half of the conference-only regular season last weekend.

We'll also look at the Toronto-area schools. Deep and talented Humber College Hawks are currently 8-1 at the break in the OCAA. The women are just as good stopping London's Fanshawe Falcons to end the fall half. They too are 8-1:
http://athletics.humber.ca/varsity/g...-midway-point/
http://athletics.humber.ca/varsity/g...-for-top-spot/

Seneca Sting men are 8-5 overall at the break. The Sting women are the reverse at 5-8.
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:54 AM   #27
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Just remembered about the new Toronto 3D team that's playing on a limited schedule in the IBA. They came out to play during Rounds 9 and 11 in November against the Schnatedy Legends. And so far lost all those games: 141-108, 143-120, 129-110, and 128-116.
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Old 19-12-2014, 04:33 AM   #28
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Toronto Raptors enjoyed its second annual Drake Night in hono(u)r of the city's most famous rapper and its global ambassador avenging the Brooklyn Nets 105-89 at the Air Canada Centre, sporting their original road jerseys. Toronto now becomes the first team in the East to reach 20 years:
http://www.nba.com/raptors/raptors-take-down-nets-home

Don't you think now would be a great time to get some Toronto Raptors gear for the holidays? I wish I could do that. Yes, those Le Nord C'Est Nous T-shirts are also available but the retro Raptors with the current players on them won't hit until January:
https://shop.realsports.ca/rtzgiftguide/
https://shop.realsports.ca/page/toro...age=1&show=all
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Old 21-12-2014, 03:49 AM   #29
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If you've noticed I haven't been writing much about NBL Canada. I'm busy right now, especially at this time. Hope to catch up to speed early next week with more time devoted to that in general for December.

Anyway, NBL Canada Central Division has a dividing line of sorts with the two Toronto Peel Region NBL Canada teams--Brampton and Mississauga--at the bottom half of that. Both at 5-7 and four games behind the 9-3 Windsor Express as of this writing. Brampton's Atlantic Canada road trip was mixed starting with a 125-122 win over the Island Storm and then a 125-111 loss to the Moncton Miracles in Moncton. Then the A's later lost on their return home to Central Division leaders Windsor 114-107. But Brampton got their revenge on Windsor the next week also held at their Powerade Centre home getting back on the win column last Friday 109-104 for their fifth win of the season. Next Brampton A's game is tonight at home when the London Lightning come to town and will be the last game for both teams before the Christmas/Boxing Day/Kwanzaa weekend. Those same two teams will face each other again next Saturday in this home and home series when the scene shifts to London and both teams resume their play and ends the 2014 portion of the 2014-15 season.

Mississauga, also at 5-7, managed to edge Windsor at home at the Hershey Centre 100-99 in their first game of December 2014 on the 7th. Then the Power went to London and suffered a 123-107 loss at the Budweiser Gardens. Then those same two Mississauga-London teams came back to Mississauga last Saturday, and the end result was a 118-95 Lightning win. And again they faced each other in London this past Thursday--the current NBL Canada schedule with 8 teams now is intended to develop intradivisional rivalries on a 36-game schedule--London sweeps the series with a tight one 101-98. The Mississuaga Power round 2014 next Saturday night during the Christmas/Boxing Day/Kwanzaa holiday weekend when they visit the defending NBL Canada champs Windsor.

Could this be the new logo for the Toronto Raptors starting in 2015-16? Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and the Raptors already made it clear they will undergo some serious rebranding with next season on the horizon (with Drake's involvement) to start the next 20+ years. I like the "claw and ball" and the original primary Raptors logo. Wish Toronto could bring back the TR with the red maple leaf logo in circulation. But the primary Raptors logo might nowdays scream 1990s with the Jurassic Park craze and the seemingly kids' eternal love for dinosaurs. I would like that new logo best as a secondary logo; it is a mature one. This could be a part of cave of Toronto logos next year. Based on their new court at the Air Canada Centre, does hint of subtleties. Raptors are also birds of prey, not just a dinosaur, so the logo with the claws penetrated on the basketball:
http://news.sportslogos.net/2014/12/...logo-for-2016/

Speaking of Drake, does seem the Sid Lee-designed logos starting the rebranding Toronto's identity carries Drake's OVO's black and gold (same creative company that also behind the catchy and instant popular We The North/Le Nord C'Est Nous campaign). The global Ambassador surely had some input on this, he says. Don't get excited on the incoming merchandise on that yet. Wait until the fall 2015 and the new season:
http://www.nba.com/raptors/press-releases/logo_121914

Drake Night Raptors pregame intro video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbggxfV3mjw

Drake introducing the Toronto Raptors' starting lineup against the Brooklyn Nets:
http://www.nba.com/raptors/video/201...ROmp4-3467171/

Raptors cut down the Nets on Drake Night on this Canadian Press report:
http://www.nba.com/raptors/raptors-take-down-nets-home

DJ 4Korners on the wheels of steel with a brief OVO set while Drake addresses the ACC crowd on Drake Night:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bQhYImLIes

Rizzy Raptor bustin moves with the Raptors DancePak:
http://www.nba.com/raptors/video/201...KEmp4-3467193/

After that, Toronto took care of Detroit by 10, 110-100 last night for their fifth straight win in Motown (suburban Auburn Hills to be exact). New York (home Sunday) and Chicago (road) awaits.
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Old 23-12-2014, 05:17 AM   #30
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How Toronto area logo and uniform afficianado Chris Creamer sees and applies the new Toronto Raptors logo in actual situations. Like him, I like it but not blown by it:
http://news.sportslogos.net/2014/12/...-applications/
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Old 27-12-2014, 05:59 AM   #31
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Happy Boxing Day to the Commonwealth!

The Raptors resume their road trip after 4 days following a loss to the Chicago Bulls tomorrow with a visit to Los Angeles to visit the Clippers starting their western swing that will grant Toronto a serious test with Portland, Golden St., Denver, and Phoenix to end 2014 and begin 2015. Their Air Canada Centre home deep in downtown Toronto right now is being used for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships starting today of which it's shares with Montreal. You see, Toronto and Montreal (at the Bell Centre/Centre Bell) when it comes to sports will always be major ice hockey-centric cities. Even its fellow MLSE-owned co-tenant NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs are also on their road trip. It's Canada after all!

Hope DeMar DeRozan comes back from his injury because this is where he could be truly needed.

Toronto Raptors players send their Happy Holidays wishes and for the new year:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRdoOpRkFR8

Bruno Caboclo is assigned to NBDL champs Ft. Wayne ahead of this road trip. We obviously never expected him to get meaningful playing time this season with him as a project:
http://www.nba.com/raptors/press-rel...caboclo_122514

Brampton A's came to London again and beats the Lightning 123-111 Saturday:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7xCmvaFS68
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Old 30-12-2014, 08:37 AM   #32
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New York Times' answer to the National Post's article about Toronto's rise as a deep and professionalized hub of basketball thanks to a complex mix of factors from the past three to four decades impacting the city. All centering on Toronto's latest young basketball star, 17-year old Jamal Murray:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/25/sp...rder.html?_r=0
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Raptors certainly now got that cool factor not seen since Vinsanity with We The North and Drake. Now they are the most Internet-searched sports team in all of Canada in 2014 according to Google:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/n...anada-in-2014/
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Ring in the new year with the Toronto Raptors as they continue their western swing with tonight's date against the Golden State Warriors! Been a solid western trip so far with an overtime loss to Portland 102-97 to end 2014 that earlier saw the Raptors stop the LA Clippers' 6-game winning streak. Back in Canada, Rogers Sportsnet is takling care of the Raptors' TV obligations the last several days due to the fact that TSN, its normal broadcaster, currently has the 2015 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships to contend with at that same period with the Air Canada Centre used for that. That and the college football bowl games and more hockey. They come down to see my Suns on Sunday. Hope the raptors get a good welcome. Just not a too good one down in the valley.

Good news for Raptors fans: DeMar DeRozan now cleared for practice! Could play tonight. Emphasis on could. More likely later in the new week:
http://www.nba.com/raptors/derozan-p...-return-lineup

Meanwhile, when Landry Fields starts in DeRozan's absence, the results are surprisingly good:
http://www.nba.com/raptors/holly-blo...yfields-121914

Wednesday sees the return of OUA ball and starts 2015 when Toronto neighbo(u)rs Ryerson and Toronto face off at the new Goldring Centre at the U of T campus in their rivalry. Friday see the York Lions resume their basketball teams' play when Laurentian comes to the Tait Mackenzie Sports Centre. On Saturday, York starts 2015 and welcomes easybeats but gradually improving newcomers Nippising to their world (the Lakers won't get win against them) as the #4 Ryerson Rams hosts the always tough McMaster teams from nearby Hamilton that same night.

NBL Canada started the new year last night Windsor pull away from Brampton 103-98 at home at the WFCU Centre. Tomorrow night sees another home and home series between the two Peel Region NBL Canada teams Brampton and Mississauga begin at the Powerade Centre for the A's that concludes on Tuesday the scene shifts down to Mississauga at the Hershey Centre for this new year's bash between the two. The Power and the A's lost of their final 2014 games on the road to the London Lightning (118-109) and the Windsor Express (82-7, respectively this past Saturday.

Please vote for DeRozan, Valanciunas, Lowry, et al to New York and Brooklyn for the NBA All-Star Weekend!
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Tough loss to my Suns, Toronto. Flat performance. But I still enjoy you very much. Even with that Golden St. Warriors loss in Oakland, I would not put past them to see an NBA Finals between Toronto and Golden St. Be fun but not likely.

Toronto could still very well conquer the wide open East, which is there's for the taking. They do several things well but there's lots of work to shore up for that to happen, as Grantland's Zach Lowe notes:
http://grantland.com/the-triangle/th...s-master-plan/

Jonas Valanciunas is Gatorade Canada's Performer of the Game in that Phoenix game. Kyle Lowry gets NBA's December Eastern Conference Player of the Month.
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Old 08-01-2015, 11:45 AM   #36
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Pro basketball in Toronto does have a, if somewhat spotty and unglorious and not as historically entrentched like other sports, history before the arrival of the Raptors cemented the city in it for good. So I think it's important especially for younger readers here who only know about the Raptors when it comes to Toronto pro basketball to learn about the fits and starts that city had as Canada's largest city grew in global stature and in population.

Some significant pro basketball milestones occurred in Toronto. There was an exhibition NBL game at the Maple Leaf Gardens in 1945 between the Ft. Wayne Zollner (now Detroit) Pistons and the Rochester Royals (now the Sacramento Kings via Cincinnati and Kansas City-Omaha). We all should know about the first NBA regular season game that also took place in Toronto between the Toronto Huskies and the New York Knicks at MLG back in 1946 at the BAA when the late Ossie Schetchman scored the first NBA basket for the Knicks in that 68-66 Knicks win. Toronto spectators decked out in suits and fur coats with an attendance of 7090 with those taller than the 6-8 George Norstrand got in free.

Outside numerous NBA and ABA exhibition preseason games back then, that was all of Toronto's taste of pro basketball. Perhaps there were some attempts to bring a domestic pro basketball league in Canada then but apparently never got off the ground due to low interest. But then the Buffalo Braves started playing select home games at the legendary Maple Leaf Gardens between 1971-75 for 16 games with strong attendance and hopes of expanding its fan base beyond western New York (a practice the NFL's Buffalo Bills would employ when they played an annual NFL regular season game in Toronto from 2008 to 2013 at the SkyDome). The Braves were 11-5 in their time up in Toronto and really energized local basketball fans in their hunger for it with the MLG being a viable facility for NBA ball, maybe if the Braves decide to move there. Actually even well before Nelson Skalbania and the NBA expressed interest in bringing Vancouver into the league back in the early 1980s, the NBA was scouting Toronto, so much so through heavy lobbying it awarded a Toronto expansion team back in 1974 in time for the 1975-76 season with three prospective ownership groups vying hard for it. But none of the three Toronto expansion investor groups, including Maple Leaf Gardens Limited, could fork over $6.15 expansion fee, and that Toronto NBA expansion franchise never materialized. We still don't what the 1975 Toronto NBA expansion team going to be called, but it would likely use the traditional Toronto colo(u)rs blue and white. Not to mention fears of that antitrust lawsuit against the NBA alledging, among other things, a planned Braves move to Miami would prevent a potential Toronto NBA team competition along ABA South Florida expansion.

During this 1970s era--and I didn't know this until now--that Ruby Richman, an ex-Canadian men's national basketball team head coach, was working with Maple Leaf Gardens Limited's controversial head Harold Ballard on acquiring existing ABA and NBA franchises including tenatively the ABA's Miami Floridians and Pittsburgh Condors and merging those two together to make a Toronto ABA franchise. This was during the rival pro sports league wars going on during the 1960s and 1970s (NFL/AFL, NBA/ABA, NHL/WHA). But the deal collapsed. Richman even courted the Detroit Pistons and was ready to buy for $5 million but pulled when the asking price bumped to $8.5 million. Buffalo, before eventually moving to San Diego and becoming the Clippers, was courted by Toronto's MLGL several times for $8.5 million like in 1974 and later when beer company Carling O'Keefe tried in 1976. MLGL later tried in 1975 with the Houston Rockets, who asked for $8 million to get out, but its Summitt lease prevented that. Then came the Atlanta Hawks attempt in 1976. In 1979, Toronto, under a group including Ballard, pushed but ultimately lost out in the 1980 NBA expansion derby as a long shot to Dallas starting play for the 1980-81 NBA season.
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Toronto is no longer the best in the East. That distinction now belongs to Atlanta, who have been sizzling lately. That losing slide certainly has cost them thanks to DeRozan's injury. But he should coming back very soon! He'll definitely play this week and he'll turn things around for them. Better tonight to get rhythym for what's to come with Atlanta, fast-rising Milwaukee, and New Orleans looming. Game time decision tonight for Casey with hopes of keeping undefeated on its fellow Atlantic Division teams (currently 6-0). Like Philadelphia tonight at home.

Can't blame Valanciunas and his career-high 31 points in the Raptors' last game against Detroit. A loss. Brandon Jennings' last second steal made all the difference.

Lowry, who will be at the NBA All-Star Weekend in the Big Apple likely from coming off the bench, has been carrying a lot of the load with DeRozan out. He's slowed down a bit because of this. Even Dwayne Casey admitted he's taking on a bigger than normal load in terms of minutes. Another thing things must improve from here on out is the defense. Where is that intensity and commitment on that end of the court that was so present and energetic last season? That must come when the better teams (.500+) are forthcoming. Fast. That and those slow starts Toronto now finds itself in. Getting additional frontcourt help through acquisition can help, be it a C or PF:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/n...t-the-raptors/
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DeMar DeRozan happily came back to help the Raptors win at home against Philadelphia 100-84 with 20 points! Now Atlanta descends into Toronto. Maybe they're ready to skin some hawks tonight?

Toronto and Ryerson kicked off the 2015 portion of the OUA season at the new Goldring Performance Centre at the U of T campus last Wednesday. The Rams teams might as well take the subway to get there and vice versa with the Varsity Blues to Ryerson. Anyway, #3 Ryerson destroyed Toronto 92-68 at home. Before that the Varsity Blues women won a close against the Rams 74-71. York won at home Saturday at the Tait Mackenzie Centre comfortably winning over the Laurentian Voyaguers 83-66 but lost in the women's match 84-65. Then came newcomers Nippising to York on Saturday. The York Lions easily got another win to the belts automatically 76-47 (men's) and 54-33 (women's to get their second win of the season for the Lions).

Ryerson went back home to play McMaster and the men won convincingly and almost won by 100 in a 98-78 victory. Women's game was a far different story with a Rams' escape 80-77. This past Wednesday night, Ryerson continues their dominance at home at the Mattany Athletic Centre at Maple Leaf Gardens when York arrived and won handily 89-54 and in the women's match prior to that 66-49

York remains at their Tait Mackenzie Centre home when Queen's coming and Toronto goes up to near the Ontario-Michigan border to see the Algoma Thunderbirds. Both matches tomorrow on Saturday.

Brampton A's get three wins in a row after another win against the Mississauga Power 101-90 last night at the Hershey Centre and are now above .500 at 11-10 in addition to a 4-2 season Peel Region NBL Canada series lead. The Power continues to struggle even further at 5-13. Next opponent for them? London Lightning.

Before that, Windsor's frantic comeback fell short against Brampton at the A's Powerade Centre home.

Brampton made a trade with London that the A's sent Brent Jennings to the Lightning for Zane Johnson.
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It's a (mostly) all-Toronto OUA school rivalry time in Toronto with all three Toronto schools that are in the OUA East, especially the last couple weekends like now! Last Wednesday, the York Lions went to downtown Toronto to visit #3 Ryerson Rams, the best Toronto-based team in the OUA. The Lions seriously got tamed by Roy Rana's team 89-51 at the on-campus Coca-Cola Centre with three Rams going in double figures. York obviously struggled offensively with 29% shooting and committing 20 turnovers. Overall, York is still solidly in second place in the OUA East Division with 10 points to their name with a decent of advanciong to the conference postseason tournament. The women's version of that rivalry also played there that preceeded it saw the #9 Rams sticking it to the struggling 2-7 York Lions 66-49 thanks to Ryerson's stingy D to get their 8th win of the season.

York Lions' reaction on how Ryerson was too much for both the men and women:
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/1...th=mbasketball
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/1...th=wbasketball

Ryerson and Toronto hit over to near the Ontario-Michigan border at Sault Ste Marie as weekend travel partners facing the Algoma Thunderbirds. Led by Ostap Choliy with his game-high 16 points for the Rams on 6-of-8 shooting including 4-of-5 from three-point range, JV Mukama's and Adika Peter-McNeilly's 13 points each, and Jahmal Jones netted 11, the #3 Rams grounded the Thunderbirds 99-56 with an impressive 59.6% field goal shooting. In the women's game, #9 Ryerson with Keneca Pingue-Giles and her 21 points moves into the top 10 in Ryerson's alltime scorers in a 63-31 over Algoma:
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209853519
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209853327

When the Toronto Varsity Blues came to see Algoma, it was the same result for both the men and women walking away with wins. Five Toronto men's players scored in double figures, including Julian Clarke and Devin Johnson, to get the third win of the season. With Emily Piccini, the Toronto women were red hot in their Algoma game 81-32 to go above 2 games above .500 being third in the OUA East in the Thuderbirds' designated Shoot For The Cure Game of the season:
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...px?path=mbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...px?path=wbball

Tonight Ryerson goes to the York area in suburban Toronto at the Tait Mackenzie Centre in facing the York Lions. Toronto goes along Lake Ontario to Kingston, aka Limestone City, and sees the Queen's Gaels. Saturday night in the OUA schedule will see the Ryerson Rams going to Queen's with the Toronto Varsity Blues going to facing against the York Lions.

Congrats to Kyle Lowry in being a starter for the All-Star Game in New York! He outvoted the Flash thanks to serious Canadian social media push from the likes of PM Stephen Harper, Drake, and Justin Bieber. Toronto and all Canadian basketball fans are surely proud and is well-deserved. He'll likely be their only All-Star Game representative.
http://www.nba.com/raptors/holly-blo...allstar-012315

The Raptors' expected tough stretch starting with NBA-best Atlanta at home has been rather that. Tough. Memphis outmuscled them at the FedEx Forum as expected with its "grit and grind" in giving them its worst offensive production this season but grabbed a season-high 21 rebounds. New Orleans with Anthony Davis was tough. Did beat Milwaukee at the Bradley Center only to later lose to said Grizz. Philly is the last stop on the road in a bid to stay unbeaten against the Atlantic teams. I expect Toronto to win that. Easily. Before returning to the T-Dot with a date with Detroit.

NBL Canada's GTA teams, Brampton and Mississauga, will be on the road this weekend. So both the Powerade Centre and Hershey Centre, respectively, will have the lights off for basketball but will be on for junior and minor league ice hockey now. Saw the live video of last night's Mississauga Power's home game at the Hershey Centre against the struggling Halifax Rainmen with very few people in attendance there on YouTube. The lowly Mississauga Power finally broke their duck in a 114-85 victory. Mississauga will head to Windsor to face the NBL Canada champs Windsor Express tomorrow night with Brampton going in for another date with the London Lightning at London's Budweiser Gardens for the A's only game of the weekend. I'm obviously not finished with my NBL Canada catchup but plan to do so by then end of next week. I'll also discuss my thoughts on the attendance woes for both the A's and the Power.

Watch out, Chicago! Toronto is rising to become another wellspring of tremendously deep high school/prep basketball talent. Rapidly becoming basketball-crazy. Take a look at another Toronto prep star in Findlay Prep's Justin Jackson:
http://www.masslive.com/hoophallclas...side_chic.html
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That weekend Toronto schools doubleheader at York that included the annual Shoot For The Cure game with the Toronto Varsity Blues was almost entirely a bad home experience for the Lions were it not for the York Lions men's basketball team winning the second game against a struggling Varsity Blues team when Nathan Culbreath opening the York scoring and never letting up finally making 29 points [urlhttp://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/1/24/MBB_0124153457.aspx?path=mbasketball=]in the Lions' emphatic 87-77 win over Toronto[/url].

Ryerson Rams completely dominated the first half portion of the York weekend at the Tait Mackenzie Centre in both the men's and women's games there. First the #8 Rams women and their defense obliterated the offensively-deficient Lions 71-26 before it was even actually over--all Rams. The #3 Ryerson men tamed York themselves too though not with the kind of margin of victory like the women did earlier that day, 99-74. Although Ryerson ruthlessly punished any York mistake, York kept it competitive throughout the game:
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/1...th=wbasketball
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/1...th=mbasketball
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209861986
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209862215

Toronto's third-year forward Devin Johnson scores a career-high 25 points, but the Varsity Blues, even with its monster first quarter, fall to Queen's on the road in Kingston, Ontario. Jill Stratton had her own career-high game with her 35 points, but the Toronto Varsity Blues women also fell to Queen's in what turned out to head into OT 79-77 in what determined third in the OUA East:
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...123153227.aspx
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...123151432.aspx

York Lions lose again at home in their annual Shoot For The Cure game to Toronto 66-45 in one of those Battles of Toronto. Couldn't follow up on the first quarter shooting. Stratton led everyone with 16 points:
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/1...th=wbasketball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...px?path=mbball (men's game)
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...px?path=wbball

Toronto's had their ThinkPink Weekend 2015 for its women's basketball and volleyball teams at the Goldring Performance Centre:
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...px?path=wbball

However, Toronto's women lost their game when #8 McMaster ruined things by ultimately scoring a last second bucket for the narrow 72-70 win. Jill Stratton was usual self on the court. The men fall to 3-10 with their own loss to McMaster 85-63, despite Devin Johnson's double double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Surely they won't make it to the OUA Playoffs:
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...px?path=wbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...px?path=mbball

Defense once again was the contributing factor for the #3 Ryerson Rams' 90-65 road win over the Queen's Gaels in Kingston for their sixth consecutive win. The Rams had three players in double figures. #7 Ryerson women extended their winning streak to 12 with their 73-56 win over Queen's. Keneca Pingue-Giles enjoyed 24 points and a career-high 14 rebounds with four of her fellow starters going in double figures with 10 points each:
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209867603
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209863348

York's men tumbles to .500 but still keep second place in the OUA East behind Ryerson as a result from their 87-75 road loss to Western Ontario in London, Ontario. The York women continue to get better as the season rolls along, which is too late for some OUA postseason action with their 2-12 record. They too lose to Western Ontario 69-54 despite Courtney Osbourne's double double of 14 points and 12 rebounds in 37 minutes of play:
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/1...131153156.aspx
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/1...131154114.aspx

Then the York Lions teams traveled their way to Windsor the next day for dates with the Lancers at the intimidating St. Denis Centre to start the final month of the 2014-15 CIS regular season play. Not unexpectedly, the Lions women certainly couldn't solve the #1 women's basketball team in all of Canada and 4x Bronze Baby champs, who typically dominated 82-43 in their own annual pink-donning Shoot For The Cure game. But the men came away from Windsor above .500 again with an all-important 89-84 upset win over #5 Windsor that was close all over and grueling. Nick Tufedgzich was the York hero with 30 points in it:
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/2...201154328.aspx
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/1...131152723.aspx

#3 Ryerson meets Brock at St. Catherines, Ontario and keeps winning further 93-65 with their oh so sharp shooting from Hamilton's John-Victor Mukama in their new gold alternate jerseys making their debut. #7 Ryerson women produced some hot shooting of their own against Brock with the 73-56 win for their 12th consecutive victory, still leading the OUA East, with Keneca Plingue-Giles being good once more:
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209867158
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209867612
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209867603
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Old 07-02-2015, 05:52 AM   #41
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On to the pro game

Toronto has slipped somewhat since having very good November and Decembers. The Raptors came out of January two games above .500, a month they started playing some of the better teams in the NBA. Were it not for that six game winning streak to end the month--the record would've been worse. This cost them the best record in the East on the very same month Atlanta went into the ascendency--the Hawks even beat them at the Air Canada Centre 110-89. Toronto's still the second seed in the Eastern Conference, but I don't think they will catch the ATL. The Raptors will surely win the Atlantic though with the rest of the division rivals not even coming close.

Speaking of the Atlantic, the Raptors lost to a division rival this season when Brooklyn came to Toronto and beat them. But tonight, they can get their first of hopefully many wins in February versus the Clippers on a game that will be shown on Sportsnet ONE (in Canada) and ESPN. Plus, they get to wear their original purple road unis tonight. I don't think they need to make a trade, but some adjustments are necessary.

Kyle Lowry will participate in the NBA Taco Bell Skill Challenge:
http://www.nba.com/raptors/kyle-lowr...ills-challenge

After reaching .500, the Brampton A's are now a game below that mark at 12-13 and still third in the NBL Canada Central Division. Solidly still third in it and the best Peel Region team. Brampton just lost last night in Saint John to the Mill Rats in a close one 111-106 at the Harbour Station. Tonight the A's will go to Halifax and play against the Rainmen in their bid to go back to .500 and are on a 3-game losing streak. Mississauga is woeful at 6-17. Sunday afternoon we will the Power play at the Hershey Centre when the London Lightning come to town and they too have a 3-game losing streak.

Ryerson's nationally ranked teams played the Guelph Gryphons Wednesday night and won on both counts. Will get to that next week. Tonight up the streets from the Air Canada Centre at downtown Toronto, the Toronto Varsity Blues welcomes Lakehead. Tomorrow, York Lions travels to St. Catherines to face the Brock Badgers. Lakehead then goes several blocks down to face Ryerson. And Toronto will tackle Guelph.
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Worth noting Toronto has actually been winning 8 of the last nine games. Sorry, Pop. They famously prevented him from getting his 1000th NBA coaching victory up there when the defending champions Spurs came up to Toronto 87-82 on Sunday during their annual lengthy Rodeo Road Trip. Toronto ends the first half with Washington at home tomorrow night.
http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...s-at-acc.html#
http://www.nba.com/raptors/game-rap-raptors-87-spurs-82

Unlike several NBA teams right now, Toronto doesn't have significant injuries to its team. Yes, it had to endure with DeMar DeRozan's not too long ago last month before he came back. But leading up to the now-longer All-Star break, it obviously bodes well for its momentum and thus won't be seeking a change via trade. Teams still need to feel whole at times and will be primed to finish strongly and focus defensively with minimal issues along the way:
http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...ontenders.html

Just yesterday, Canadian sporting goods and apparel retail chain Sportchek signs All-Star Kyle Lowry to a new, 2-year endorsement as the leading face of SportChek's #MyNorth campaign and take part engaging with Canadians in digital and social media, make surprise appearances at SportChek stores, and be Ambassador for Jumpstart Charities. The #MyNorth is also intended to further strengthen basketball in all the GTA neighbo(u)rhoods: Brampton, North York, York, Etobicoke, Vaughn, Mississauga, Scarborough, Toronto All to further grow basketball in Canada:
http://www.nba.com/raptors/news/lowrysportcheck_020915

Kat Stefankiewicz has all the latest rundown for the Raptors leading up to the NBA All-Star weekend in New York en route to the Big Apple inclduing a 9-page SI article on GM Masai Ujiri:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFYyLuzdjmc

Oh yeah, they cut down the Clippers at too with Toronto's bench saving them from being down by 20:
http://www.nba.com/raptors/raptors-r...-down-clippers
http://www.nba.com/raptors/game-rap-...3-clippers-107

Close, back to back weekend Atlantic Canada road losses to the Saint John Mill Rats (111-106) and the Halifax Rainmen (102-101) plunged the Brampton A's further from .500. Halifax is undergoing a 5-game winning streak right now. Mississauga meanwhile is starting to win following its acquisitions of former Ottawa Gee Gee Warren Ward and Chris Zephorous. When the London Lightning came to the Hershey Centre Sunday afternoon, the Power edged them out 96-94. This Valentine's Day weekend, the A's and Power get together again for another home and home weekend series before the Mississauga Power hosts again the NBL Canada champs Windsor prior to going to Saint John and Brampton hits the road again to London.

When Guelph came to Toronto for Wednesday night in OUA ball, the Gryphons knew the Ryerson teams were going to be a handful. In the men's game, the #3 Rams men's second half certainly was proof of that where Guelph ultimately just couldn't contain them--and gave up too much. Sofia Paska scored 18 points and got 6 rebounds for the #7 Rams women grinding out their win over Guelph 77-71:
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209876489

Then the Lakehead Thunderwolves--ranked #8 in the CIS women's game--came to town Saturday. Jyllsa Williams was fresh off of record-setting 50 points in a game for the Thunderwolves:
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209878422
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209876398

The Ryerson teams keep on winning with Lakehead as its latest victims. Roy Rana's guys were dominant starting from the first quarter for the 80-65. Lights out! The Ryerson women set a program record in getting its record 14th win and shut down Williams, who got into early foul trouble:
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209880383
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209880591

York's Nick Tufegdzich was named CIS Male Athlete of the Week and York Male Athlete of the Week as reward for his role in York's upset win against Windsor and the loss to Western Ontario:
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/2...204151210.aspx
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/2...202155637.aspx

York went on the road to St. Catherines for their only games in OUA ball this past weekend against the Brock Badgers. Four Lions scored in double figures in an up and down game with Brock that saw York take over for good from the third quarter by scoring almost 70 points in total in the second half, including 38 alone in the fourth, for the 101-89 win. Both the women's teams languish at the bottom in their standings, but York is faring worse with only 2 wins to show for it this season. The Lions didn't add to their win total there and fall 75-66 even Jackie Koudys having a career game. York and Brock won't be going to the postseason, that's for sure:
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/2...207155111.aspx
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/2...207154249.aspx

Lakehead explodes for 27 points in the fourth quarter to sink the Toronto Varsity Blues 73-70 at Toronto's Goldring home. In the women's game, speaking of exploding, it was the Toronto women who were the victims of #8 Lakehead's Jyllsa Williams' 50-points OUA record performance with Jill Stratton and Rahshida Atkinson trying their best to no avail for the Varsity Blues 86-69:
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...206151638.aspx
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...206151855.aspx

But Toronto rebounded when Guelph came for both teams
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...207152502.aspx
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...207153550.aspx
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We're into the final days and weekend of the 2014-15 NBL Canada regular season. Tonight the Brampton A's are playing their final home game of the season as I write this at the Powerade Centre when the Moncton Miracles, the worst team in the NBL Canada Atlantic Division, play against them. It's South Asian Night tonight with the large South Asian community there. An A's win pretty assures them an above .500 record this season with an eye on how the London Lightning are faring against the Saint John Mill Rats with a chance for second place. Brampton's last regular season game comes Saturday night when they travel to Windsor at the WFCU Centre in what could be a preview of either a NBL Canada Central Division final with defending and again NBL Canada Central Division champs. Last weekend, Brampton won a thrilling Ontario series 110-102 at London and 99-91 over Windsor at home.

The Mississauga Power, the worst team in the NBL Canada, finish their regular season tomorrow as the Miracles finish their Toronto Peel Region road trip at the Hershey Centre before all teams head into the postseason. On Saturday, the Power will be like their Peel Region rivals the A's and will finish with an Ontario trip. It's London for Mississauga. Its woes resume when the power couldn't handle a sizzling Halifax Rainmen team seeking the Atlantic Division title and Saint John, culminating with one of the most exciting games and comebacks in NBL Canada's short history in a 104-103 loss to Windsor on the road, a loss that saw the Express clinch the NBL Canada Central Division. Regardless of what happens now, Mississauga will face the Express in the postseason.

Toronto hosted Ryerson for the first half of the BIA Cup weekend. It's a way to cultivate a crosstown rivalry between the two schools thanks to local Toronto businesses. The Varsity Blues came away winless with the men taking 104-68 shallacking, thereby clinching the inaugural BIA Cup season series by winning three of the four games with the Rams' season-high of points, and the Toronto women falling 85-67:
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...px?path=mbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...px?path=wbball

Toronto was battling a OUA postseason spot being third in the OUA East division when the teams went into the final weekend of the regular season with the York Lions and the Queen's Gaels to close it all out at home. York came and nearly jeopardized Toronto's ambitions in the first half in the men's game 81-72. But that big 87-79 win over Queen's in their next and final one of the Varsity Blues OUA regular season sent them there. Toronto's women only needed a York win to clinch it. With that, Toronto's Jill Stratton became the school's all-time leading scorer in the women's game at 1142 points passing Alain Hutton. However, Queen's ruined Stratton's, Jasmine Lewin's, Julie Longauer's and Liane Bailey's senior night that cost them second place in the OUA East in the 81-65:
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...px?path=mbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...px?path=mbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...px?path=mbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...px?path=wbball

Ryerson Rams men's and women's basketball hosted the second half of the first-ever BIA Cup last weekend with the University of Toronto. The nationally-ranked CIS Ryerson teams split at Toronto's new Goldring Centre. The women became the best team Ryerson ever had in the women's program and keep their winning streak alive with its historic 15th victory over Toronto with North Vancouver's Annie Sokoloff's career night on the glass.
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209872197
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209886317
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticle.dbml?
SPSID=109841&SPID=13630&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=22300& ATCLID=209885964

The #7 Ryerson women not only win their 16th game over Queen's 72-62 but also earn a bye into the OUA quarterfinals on the final regular season home game at the Mattany Athletic Centre:
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209897677
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209900056

#3 Ryerson men came out aggressive after being behind in the first quarter and pulled away with a 94-67 win to tie a school record of 16 wins, also at home. Now they await who they will host Saturday:
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209900133

York made it the Toronto OUA East playoff trifecta over the last two weekends in only the men's game. York's women were long eliminated. #1 Carleton came by and showed why the Ravens are the top dogs of Canadian basketball, schooling the York men how 87-45. York had a chance to make it to the OUA opening round with that but couldn't. But did against Toronto:
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/2...215152740.aspx
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/2...219153723.aspx

Already eliminated from any postseason action sitting fourth and last in the OUA East, the York women suffered at the hands of the Ottawa Gee Gees 79-42 on their final Friday night home game of the season. Then came Ottawa's hated crosstown rivals Carleton to end the York Lions' home schedule and the misery continued, though not as bad, 59-46 even when York's Ishanaa Seupersadsingh from nearby Markham played the bright spot with her career-high 22 points in her 32 minutes:
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/2...213153322.aspx
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/2...215154902.aspx

It all ended going to downtown Toronto to face Toronto in ending a miserable, struggling season last Wednesday with obviously no postseason to look forward to. They lost 55-46 and witnessed Toronto's Jill Stratton become its all-time leading scorer and clinch the playoff spot. But Seupersadsingh continued her hot shooting to end somewhat on a positive note for York:
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/2...219152404.aspx
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Toronto Raptors are sliding at the wrong time this season. Plus, I'll talk about the CIS Final 8 and Brampton and Mississauga here too (minus the results) later.
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Even in the midst of a serious slide since and actually before the trade deadline, Toronto, not unexpectantly clinched a playoff berth despite losing to the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night at home that was on ESPN after leaving work. Saw a glimpse of that game at Jurassic Park when they barely held onto the lead they eventually lost.

Alex Ballingall from the Toronto Star projects how sliding Toronto may fare with its most likely NBA Playoff opponents, Washington and Milwaukee. Both will employ their defenses on Toronto as they rise in the top Eastern Conference with struggling to maintain homecourt advantage in the first round. Don't forget the Jason Kidd factor in Milwaukee:
http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...-matchups.html

Hope to get more in starting tomorrow (definitely Monday).
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Toronto clinch the Atlantic Division title again for the second consecutive year with assurances of finishing among the top four in the 2015 Eastern Conference Playoffs, its first time accomplishing this back to back in the franchise's 20-year history, clad in their original purple Raptors road unis over the Now Deserving Crumbling Evil Laker Empire 94-83 at home. They may finish with the exact same record to finish this season as the previous one, but Richard Griffin says they may not be truly ready for the postseason and go for a deep run. I'm getting concerned about this myself given Toronto's recent slump.
http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...s-griffin.html

I realize I haven't discussed NBL Canada in a while over at the ABA, PBL, NBL Canada thread and, but here I can tell you for now that the Brampton A's and Mississauga Power had different, and expected, fortunes in the NBL Canada Playoffs coming out of the Peel Region based on their finish and records. Brampton is now at the NBL Canada Central Division Finals with defending champs Windsor and currently lead 1-0, stealing Game 1 at the WFCU Centre Thursday, with Game 2 tonight also in Windsor. Mississauga gets eliminated by the Express in 4 games in the Central Division semifinals.

Stephen Curry actually has some Toronto basketball ties in his developmental days while his dad played for the Raptors. Like in 8th grade (Grade 8 to you and in Canada):
http://www.thestar.com/sports/basket...emembered.html

A more detailed post on the whole scene that will also include the OUA and Ryerson hosting the Final 8 will come next week.
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As you would expect with the three Toronto-area OUA East division schools if you have been paid any attention by visiting my popular Canadian College Hoops thread, it was the Ryerson Rams, nationally-ranked in both men's and women's programs, that went the furthest and were more successful. Both made the CIS Final 8 with the Ryerson men automatically as hosts and the women as finalists to defending CIS women's champs Windsor. But all three schools in the men's game clinched OUA playoff berths. But it was Ryerson that managed an opening round bye along with being CIS hosts.

The Toronto Varsity Blues barely made into the OUA quarterfinals at 6-13 as one of the top three teams in the OUA East with its all-important home win at the Goldring Centre to end the season over Queen's. And it had to travel to Windsor to face the #5 Windsor Lancers, an athletic team known to creating transition offense through intense ball pressure. It was John Campbell's first postseason appearance as Toronto's coach and the team's first in 3 years. But not unexpectantly Toronto was dropped by Windsor at the St. Denis Centre 85-71 and was thus eliminated from the OUA Playoffs. Four Varsity Blues went into double figures in scoring. Toronto will surely get better next season with almost everybody back on the roster and John Campbell having another year of head coaching experience with only Dylan Churchill leaving as the 5th-year senior of the bunch.
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...px?path=mbball

Toronto's women fared a little better though not as a OUA East Division winner in the playoffs, finishing second to Ryerson there. Jill Stratton, the school's alltime leading scorer, was not through with her college career, leading the way for the Varsity Blues with her double double of 24 points and 14 rebounds. Toronto hosted the Brock Badgers at the on-campus Goldring Performance Centre and beat them 77-61 in the opening round. Fellow fifth-year player Liane Bailey pitched in with 15 with Alana Gardner had 13. Their reward? Going to see #1 Windsor, the defending champs:
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...px?path=wbball

Suffered the same fate as the men did when visiting Windsor. The #1 Windsor Lancers were just too damn good against Toronto and ended the Varsity Blues women's season 64-49 in another Bronze Baby march:
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2015...px?path=wbball

York started its quest for the OUA Wilson Cup title, a title that was not going to be within its grasp realistically, when it hosted the Laurentian Voyaguers at the Tait Mackenzie Centre in late Febuary during the opening round as the 8 and 9 seeds, respectively, with the winner facing #1 seed Ottawa. But their comeback attempt fell short in the fourth quarter, and the Lions were bounced off the playoffs by Laurentian with some three-point shooting help. Nick Tufegdzich's York basketball career is now over. The York women finished 4th and last in the OUA East Division and thus didn't qualify for the OUA Playoffs
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/2...th=mbasketball
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/2...th=mbasketball

I'll get to Ryerson on my next post with their respective Final 8 adventures

Glen Greenwald reflects on his time as Toronto Raptors GM when he built the franchise to a playoff contender and how he's enjoying Hamilton as McMaster's AD:
http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/glen-g...g12ruzd0o121i2

When Canadian sportswear retail giant SportChek launched its basketball-centric #MyNorth marketing campaign, the first wave involved an active social media and YouTube focusing on Toronto as the hottest, fast-rising, and thriving basketball city in all of North America, if not the world, and the undisputed epicenter of Canadian basketball. The #MyNorth commercials capitalizes on the burgoeing basketball scenes in various and specific parts of Toronto: Toronto, Brampton, North York, Mississauga, Etobicoke, Scarbororough, York, Markham, and Vaughn with their deepening talent (we'll get to them shortly). Toronto's basketball growth has been organic. For the commercials, SportChek, a MLSE corporate partner, enlisted the contributions of GTA basketball community from local players to legends about to share their stories and about what basketball means to them in their respective areas. But the second wave in this now involves actual, physical retailwear to buy with each of those basketball areas getting the T-shirt and hooded sweatshirt treatment with Raptors' All-Star Kyle Lowry being the #MyNorth spokesperson. We also get to know Under Armour will soon release a line of Greivis Vasquez basketball sneakers called The North Six, a nod to Toronto's phone area codes--416 and 647:
http://www.thestar.com/business/spor...own-hoops.html
http://www.slamonline.com/kicks/grei...622+6ee4a4a70a

I'm doing this in parts, we'll start with these five areas with some nice, sick hip hop beats. Like to know who created them.

York (home of York University, of course, and Jane Finch Mall):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipoyGQsy5Pw

Mississauga, where the NBL Canada's Mississauga Power, Sacramento Kings' Nik Stauskas, and many Canadian-based business operations call home:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75N4uEKdgIM

Brampton, home of the A's and the northern Peel Region half to Mississauga:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_kJnF6gFPo

Vaughan--you'll hear Andrew Wiggins' voice first in this. Don't know about the other guy. Oh, there's a Canada's Wonderland shot:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgBmwuuh4sc

Toronto:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElnspHzb4IM

Andrew Wiggins' homecoming to Toronto earlier this month as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves as the #1 pick and one of Canadian basketball's shining lights from Vaughn in the GTA not only brought out former Raptors coach and NBA Coach of the Year Sam Mitchell and Andrew's parents Mitchell and Marita in attendance at the Air Canada Centre, but also Canadian PM Stephen Harper, who's more known as an ice hockey guy with that as his sport of choice. Local team, as did early foul trouble, spoiled his homecoming in an ugly game 105-100 that was also Canada Basketball Night:
http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...omecoming.html

The Windsor Express evened up their NBL Canada Western Division series with the Brampton A's at 1-1 apiece with a 105-93 win Saturday night. Now the scene shifts to Brampton, except that the games there won't be held in Brampton inside the Powerade Centre but at nearby Orangeville at the 500-seat Athletic Institute. Why? Dates for the ECHL's Brampton Beast and the Brampton Canadettes Tournament hold greater priority and the A's can't secure them during this time:
http://bramptonas.ca/p/14513/nr/1001...as-in-game-two
http://www.bramptonguardian.com/spor...o-orangeville/
http://www.bramptonguardian.com/spor...th-105-93-win/
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Three Mississauga natives are involved as owners in the creation of a new NBL Canada franchise ready to go in the Niagara-St. Catherines region this December. A press conference is set for Wednesday to announce its arrival. Let's hope it becomes a success:
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2...-st-catharines
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Toronto's 7-5 Sim Bhullar finally realizes his dream as he makes history in becoming the first player of South Asian decent to play in an NBA game when Sacramento had him late in their home game against Minnesota Timberwolves after a Reno Bighorns callup for a 10-day contract:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqdzN1qlZwQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ti1qbHQ1SME

It was actually Sam Mitchell who coached Minnesota during Andrew Wiggins' Toronto homecoming while Flip was away for personal reasons. So returning there as acting head coach was full circle for him. But Mitchell kept himself visible in Canadian, particularly Toronto, basketball after being fired like with TSN's March Madness coverage and being at the NBL Canada's genesis. Then back in 2007-08, as I still do now, that Mitchell did not get a fair shake after winning Coach of the Year and as Toronto coach:
http://tipofthetower.com/2015/03/18/...amidst-return/

Toronto beats Charlotte in the Queen City last night 94-72 while damning the Hornets' playoff hopes further. Now the Raptors are tied for third with Chicago in the Eastern Conference:
http://raptorsrapture.com/2015/04/09...0the%20Network

Brampton A's are currently one win away from winning the NBL Canada Central Division Championship over the defending champs Windsor and facing the Halifax Rainmen in the 2015 NBL Canada Finals. What unfortunate is that the A's home games are not at the Powerade Centre but at the Athletes institute in nearby Orangeville.
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Recapping the Mississauga Power's successful final home game of the regular season, Fan Appreciation Night, at the Hershey Centre against the Moncton Miracles in a 112-103 loss from Tip Of The Tower:
http://tipofthetower.com/2015/03/01/...-despite-loss/

All-Star Kyle Lowry's return spurns Toronto to victory over the Orlando Magic last night. If the Atlantic champs Raptors can win the final two games, they can set a new franchise record for most wins. Seems doable with hopes of re-enacting and extending the mad #WeTheNorth playoff fever engulfing Canada last year:
http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...ver-magic.html
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