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Old 04-12-2016, 08:14 AM   #201
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Always a great thing whenever Canada's NBA team soundly crushes that low down and dirty evil entity descending from Los Angeles to go 5 in a row:
http://www.espn.com/nba/recap?gameId=400899726
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...ut-lakers.html
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...y-preview.html

Sadly, ex-Raptors Jose Calderon is now with them (as is ex-Raptors905 coach Jesse Murmuys)!
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...resonates.html

Atlanta without Paul Millsap comes to the ACC today for the back-to-back weekend nights date with the Raptors. 5-game home stand continues on with Cleveland and then Andrew Wiggins and Minnesota:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...y-preview.html
http://www.nba.com/raptors/gameday-120316

The next Friday after their Laurentian home thrashing, the Ryerson Rams traveled to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and induced another and more painful blowout at Algoma's George Leach Centre by setting an all-time school record for most points in a game with 111 with all-over 54.5% shooting against the outclassed Thunderbirds 111-61 to go 5-0:
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=211320114
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=211309817

Raptors905 keep on rolling by draining the Cleveland's NBDL affiliate the Canton Charge on the road last night 104-72 with Axel Toupaine's 32 points. A trip to Maine for tomorrow's game is next:
http://raptors905.dleague.nba.com/ne...-drain-charge/
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Old 14-12-2016, 12:01 PM   #202
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Yeah, Canadian basketball's present shining light Andrew Wiggins came back home to his sole visit to Canada during the NBA season with his fellow Minnesota Timberwolves to a sold- out crowd at the Air Canada Centre. But the Raptors, in their updated royal blue Toronto Huskies duds and the Huskies court too, got the better of them with All-Star Kyle Lowry ignites a late surge for the 124-110 home win. Seemingly just deciding to toy with the Minnesota kids:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...berwolves.html
http://www.nba.com/raptors/gamerap-120816

For all that assembled unquestionable young talent and regard Minnesota had acquired in not just Wiggins and KAT but Zach La Vine, Dieng, Rubio, and with new coach Thibs guiding them and making them more accountable on the defensive end, there's still serious growing pains in store while learning how to win. Something Toronto can relate like DeRozan does:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...ing-pains.html

Milwaukee Bucks, another young team, came to Toronto on Monday and got routed by the Raptors 122-100 with Terrence Ross scoring 25 in his limited minutes and DeMar DeRozan enjoying 30. The Bucks were like those exact living things they're nicknamed for when caught in the headlights of Toronto's offense:
http://www.tsn.ca/derozan-ross-lead-...bucks-1.630164
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...-shooters.html
http://www.nba.com/raptors/gamerap-121216

DeMarre Carroll, Terrence Ross, and Norm Powell all one-upmanship and battle each other in the battle for those precious Toronto Raptors minutes Dwane Casey doles out in games. Casey likes it this way, knowing these selfless players will perform when granted a chance:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...producing.html
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...me-he-has.html

Toronto wasn't gifted with a favo(u)rable schedule from the start yet they thrive nearly a third of the way in this campaign. According to Basketball Reference's website, Toronto has the second-toughest schedule. Things will get easier when Jared Sullinger finds his sea legs back from the foot injury:
http://www.tsn.ca/raptors-thriving-d...edule-1.630200

The Raptors visit young and gradually less talent-deficient cellar-dwellers Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center tomorrow night next. Pity for the latter

Ryerson Rams finish up the 2016 portion of the 2016-17 season in CIS basketball with a spotless 7-0 record in defeating the Windsor Lancers 84-64 at the Mattany Athletics Centre. Roshane Roberts scored 18 points, further cementing their status as Toronto's best OUA (and CIS) team. Teammate Adam Voll 13 points and 12 rebounds on their big nights:
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=211338402

Will largely rejoin the York Lions on the next Toronto basketball post. But the Lions' 2 weekend games right before the winter break were ones of disappointment. York allowed a 9-point fourth quarter lead at the Tait Mackenzie Centre against outscoring Algoma evaporate in a 76-73 loss to the Thunderbirds. Then they arrived in Guleph. Fell behind and never recovered in a 87-65 loss to extend a 4-game losing streak after winning the first two OUA games to end 2016:
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2016/1...th=mbasketball
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2016/1...ll-Guelph.aspx

Crosstown the Toronto Varsity Blues wrapped up the fall semester at their Goldring High Performance Centre home court dominating the struggling Western Ontario Mustangs 80-66 almost two weeks ago led by Devin Johnson, Sage Usher, and Daniel Johansson to go 5-3 at second place in the OUA East behind the unbeaten Ryerson juggernaut from several blocks south. Before that, to start that final weekend and 2016, the Varsity Blues heartbreakingly lose to Windsor Lancers 86-84 that Wednesday night. Had the game tied at 84 with Segun Olutogun's shot until a Toronto foul prompted Windsor's Mike Rocca sink the free throws:
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2016...px?path=mbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2016...px?path=mbball

Raptors905 continue to roll. 5-game win streak in NBDL. Thrilling game with a 106-104 win in Greensboro over the Swarm with Axel Toupane and Brady Heslip (7 3-pointers for him) each scoring 23 points. Continue their sharpshooting trend to start games. Even trading baskets with Greensboro. Came back to Mississauga and the Hershey Centre on Friday night and thumps the Sioux Falls Skyforce 101-81, a first against them in franchise history, to claim the top spot in the East:
http://raptors905.dleague.nba.com/ne...lling-fashion/
http://raptors905.dleague.nba.com/ne...y-sioux-falls/

They play Oklahoma City at home tomorrow with another trip to Greensboro. Its Air Canada Centre game will be against Grand Rapids December 20. I'll get to the women's OUA teams and Humbert and Seneca next time.
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Old 22-12-2016, 08:12 AM   #203
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Toronto had their winning streak stopped with a red-hot Atlanta team coming to Toronto and won 125-121. The Raptors had to play catchup for much of the game and never recovered Got outrebounded despite its backcourt flourishing with Kyle Lowry's 27 points, DeMar's 34, and even Cory Joseph's 17 off the bench. Hawks got their revenge for the 44-point thumping the Hawks got two weeks ago:
http://www.nba.com/raptors/gamerap-121616
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...n-rematch.html

The Sixers played hard but just lacked the talent level and experience to pull an upset win against Toronto at home in Philadelphia 123-114. Raptors started off shaky with 39% field goal shooting and committed a couple of turnovers in the first quarter. Of course, the Raptors turned things around in later quarters. Mississauga native Nik Stauskas had only 2 points, 1 assist, and 2 fouls in his 18 minutes for Philadelphia, in case you're wondering:
http://www.nba.com/raptors/gamerap-121416

But Stauskas performed much better with 12 points, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, and 2 fouls in 26 minutes in the 100-89 loss to the NDCELE. Didn't play in the next game, a 108-107 home win versus Brooklyn (DNP-CD). Last night, Stauskas had 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 blocks, a foul, and a turnover in last night's loss to New Orleans. Seems like his minutes got reduced significantly from hovering in the 30-minute plateau from earlier on this season. But this may have more to do with opposing teams' matchups. In recent games, Stauskas has been scoring in double figures.

Back to the Raptors, they later went down to Orlando and see former teammate the Biz after he made a cult figure for himself and got paid handsomely for his playoffs performance in his one season there. But even Bismack Biyombo couldn't stop his old team while they put the Magic away at the Amway Center by 30. Cory Joseph couldn't play due to flu-like symptoms with rookie Fred Van Vleet performing well in his absence in his 23 minutes. Only took 3 quarters for DeMar to reach 30--and he and Kyle did the most damage on Bismack:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...owout-win.html
http://www.nba.com/raptors/gamerap-121816

Toronto came back home and found themselves reacquainting themselves with another old friends in Luis Scola, who certainly left his mark there in Torotno, and Brampton native Anthony Bennett when they and thier current team Brooklyn. They were all mature business and poise with their balanced offensive attack, strength, and speed led by Lowry's 27 points in taking down the lowly Brooklyn Nets also starring Jeremy Lin, who saw restricted time here because of the blowout with the Nets not seeing the need to continue throwing him out there, that also saw Raptors905 regulars Fred VanVleet and Bruno Caboclo get their work in. Patrick Patterson got the night off with his bruises. The Brooklyn Nets meanwhile are currently on their death march week even with Bennett having 8 points on 2-8 FG, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, and 1 turnover. Scola only shot 0-4 under the first 12 minutes:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...-brooklyn.html
http://thebrooklyngame.com/game-grades/nets-raptors-1/
http://www.torontosun.com/2016/12/20...on-the-raptors

The Toronto Raptors are certainly glad to have a NBDL affiliate for not only Bruno Cabuclo and Pedro Nogueira as an outlet to get adjusted to the fast NBA pace. Mississauga's Raptors905 also was a great place for Norman Powell and Delon Wright to further develop their game experience being at the lower end of the Raptors pecking order while being kept close tabs upon under a win-now mode the Raptors are in. Now we're currently seeing this with rookie Fred Van Vleet outta Wichita St., who just got re-assigned to the 905 after his solid performance and is called only for emergencies (like Cory Joseph's flu) or blowouts:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...s-shuttle.html

Yeah, it was a great year for Toronto sports in 2016, including the Raptors making history. But it leaves me wishing as we leave 2016 that at least one of the Toronto teams winning a title after each fall short but went deep in postseason, save for the Mapel Leafs:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/podca...MGYzZjA1In0%3D

Appears that the Anthony Bennett Reclamation Project has finally found a successful place in Brooklyn with this low risk, low reward--and this is a place that arguably posesses even worse talent than when he was in Cleveland, Minneapolis, and his hometown team Toronto! Perhaps this is a confidence thing. He's working extremely hard and renewed his committment and maturing as a player and there for his leadership:
http://thebrooklyngame.com/reclamation-anthony-bennett/
https://www.thestar.com/sports/baske...-brooklyn.html

The Raptors905 visited Greensboro and extend their win streak to 7 winning 115-112 over the Greensboro Swarm brought about by CJ Leslie's 3-pointer:
http://dleague.nba.com/games/20161217/rapgbo/

Good news was for the next game the Raptors905 established a new league record in attendance with 15,011 filling the Air Canada Centre yesterday that was filled with Greater Toronto Area schoolchildren--the second of the three-school day games for kids. Bad news was the Grand Rapids Drive spoiled that historic matinee game and the Raptors905's 7-game winning streak and its balanced game with Caboclo and VanVleet. The Drive converted 24 consecutive 3-pointers to earn the 114-87 win:
http://raptors905.dleague.nba.com/ne...-historic-day/

Last year, the NBA had its NBA All-Star Weekend and even the NBDL All-Star Game in Toronto. Now this year, the NBDL decides to have this season's NBDL Showcase take place in Mississauga's Hershey Centre this January 18-22:
http://raptors905.dleague.nba.com/showcase/
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Old 24-12-2016, 02:49 AM   #204
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Worth noting here that the Toronto Raptors' Air Canada Centre home, following its last home game of 2016 Tuesday night with a win over the Brooklyn Nets, is currently undergoing an ice hockey mode as the arena is about to co-host the upcoming 2017 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships with Montreal's Bell Centre starting on Boxing Day with the USA vs. Latvia and Canada vs. Russia.

Because of this, the Raptors will embark on a Western US road trip starting in Salt Lake City tonight, Portland on Boxing Day, Oakland (Golden St.) on Wednesday (possible NBA Finals preview perhaps?), Phoenix on Thursday, that rotten NDCELE on New Year's Day, and ending at San Antonio the following Tuesday before coming home Thursday January 5 with the Utah Jazz. Not exactly San Antonio's annual rodeo road trip on February but long enough.

I'll update things on this very post with all the Toronto women's OUA seasons and the men's and women's OCCA teams, among other things after the Christmas/Boxing Day holiday.

Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day!
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Old 31-12-2016, 06:41 AM   #205
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Since decided to delay it until next week for the Toronto schools' basketball seasons, where I'll have much more time to delve into it before the second half of the CIS/CCAA seasons start.

Big surprise that my Phoenix Suns at home stun my other NBA fave Toronto last nigth 99-91 with Clemson football coach Dabo Sweeney in attendance taking in the game on the eve of the Fiesta Bowl national championship semifinal with Ohio St. in nearby Glendale. But I accept. Toronto's now on a 2-game West Coast skid. Been over a month since the Raptors lost at least 2 in a row. DeMar and Kyle score 24 apiece. Still make you wonder about their mentality at this time:
http://www.nba.com/raptors/gamerap-122916
http://www.tsn.ca/raptors-fall-to-su...osses-1.640829
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/n...straight-loss/
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...e-vs-suns.html

During this Phoenix game, Patrick Patterson have to leave in the first half due to a knee injury:
http://www.tsn.ca/raps-patterson-lea...njury-1.640772

When Toronto visited Oakland, it was kinda expected the Golden St. Warriors, who really SHOULD be the defending champions were it not for their ineptitude in the NBA Finals, could walk all over a bit on them. Wasn't the case. Toronto gave them a game until the final minutes. Good news came in the form of DeMar DeRozan with his 29 back in his home state of California becoming the Raptors' all-time franchise scorer to 10,289 at game's end, field goals made, and most games and wins. Hope it'll be more of a NBA finals matchup next year in June:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...-warriors.html
http://www.nba.com/raptors/gamerap-122816

But don't worry fellow Raptors fans. They'll soon face the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire on New Year's Day and will harshly rebuke them on-court just like they did back up in Toronto. DeRozan will surely put on a show back in his hometown.

Ugly shooting almost derailed them from the start on Boxing Day in Portland:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...l-blazers.html

Promised months ago that I will touch on RJ Barrett here. The Mississauga-based son of former Canadian national team member now Canada Basketball asistant GM Rowan Barrett is becoming highly touted making his name with offers from Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Arizona, Indiana, Oregon, Michigan, and Texas as an honour holl student in Monteverde Academy. Certainly wants to make an impact for Canada at the FIBA U17 Championships in Egypt:
http://www.tsn.ca/the-starting-five-...dream-1.640949
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Didn't I tell you that Toronto would defeat that Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire in LA?! Great elixir to stop a 2-game slide on their Western trip. Kyle Lowry collects a season-best 41 points with his backcourt pal DeMar putting up 31 in his return to see his locale's fam and friends! Some "fake show" out there...
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...st-lakers.html
http://www.nba.com/raptors/gamerap-010117

Then they arrive in San Antonio. More specifically for Cory Joseph return to where his NBA career began. However, SA was very FAR from a welcoming homecoming. Nothing but. A blowout loss to the Spurs at the AT&T Center in closing the extensive Toronto road stretch.

One thing of concern as the Raptors continue along the course of this season is the need to cease getting into such slow starts, improve their defense from the start, and utilize your offensive firepower to catch up and overcome it. Might work well on the NDCELE but when facing any really good team like the Warriors, Toronto will never recover and will result in a loss. Start showing up right from the jump. Frontcourt involving Patterson, Sullinger, and Siakim with its injuries are showing its issues

Paul Millsap seems nice for Toronto as a trade option with the rumours following them during the western road trip and on home. Only works as a rent-a-player for the Raptors championship aspirations with his salary hit:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...n-antonio.html

Toronto's portion of the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships is over with the semis onward to tonight's final and bronze medal game in Montreal. So the Raptors are back at the Air Canada Centre and ready to take on the rising Utah Jazz tonight. Then semi-surprising Houston comes to town.
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NBL Canada may not have franchises based more intimately in Toronto like it did with the Peel Region's Brampton A's and Mississauga Power for a few seasons. But that doesn't mean the Orangeville A's and the brand new Kitchener-Waterloo Titans, teams based reasonably close to Toronto, don't count here!

The two actually started this season playing against each other on Boxing Day right inside the Kitchener Auditorium on the Titans' debut game. Kitchener-Waterloo came out firing during the first half. But Orangeville overcame a double-digit deficit and 29 turnovers for the win, spoiling the Titans' debut with 2000 fans in attendance:
http://asbasketball.ca/p/14513/nr/10...l-game-110-105

But the Titans earned their first franchise win the next night on the road against the Niagara River Lions 120-105. The Titans' long layover away from the court since then ends tomorrow night with a trip to London's Budweiser Gardens with a London Lightning date to start the new year and a home and home the next day at the Kitchener Aud with another home and home series with Windsor:
http://www.kwtitans.com/blog/100000/...-franchise-win

Orangeville meanwhile continues to play more games after the A's defeat on the new Titans. Went back home to the Athletes Institute for the home opener and treated the fans to another wire-to-wire victory over the Windsor Express 105-93 with Justin Moss and Rick Bodiford starring for Orangeville to go 2-0:
http://asbasketball.ca/p/14513/nr/10...express-105-93

But in this New Year's home and home weekend with Windsor, the young Express managed to put an end to Orangeville's time in the NBL Canada land of the unbeaten. Orangeville's A's fall 85-84 at the WFCU Centre:
http://asbasketball.ca/p/14513/nr/10...-as-fall-94-95

Back at home a couple days ago and managed to take the power out from in a win against an ambitious and always serious Central Division contenders London Lightning 121-113 in another competitive match and hand the Bolts their first loss of the season to put both at 2-1. All but 4 A's players scored with those that did finish in double figures. Even outrebounded them. Sunday the A's travel to Halifax and plan to give the Hurricanes its first loss. Next Sunday afternoon, Kitchener-Waterloo visits Orangeville for the emerging Central Division rivalry:
http://asbasketball.ca/p/14513/nr/10...htning-121-113

Slam magazine in its latest issue talks to Andrew Wiggins about his wide musical tastes growing up in Toronto from reggae to soca to DMX to Tupac to Jadakiss with a strong soft spot towards local Toronto rappers like SAFE Smoke Dawg. In the Minnesota cluhouse, his teammates won't allow him to act as DJ for he would play Canadian rappers they don't know of:
http://www.slamonline.com/the-magazi...q54HdxXp8xx.97

Matt Bonner humourously announces his retirement today after the Spurs decided not to renew his contract. Married a Toronto woman and played there, you know. Almost made Team Canada if the citizenship paperwork came through:
http://www.slamonline.com/nba/matt-b...MLkEzplxJr6.97

The grind is all what Nathan Powell and Fred VanVleet have to make do in the Raptors pecking order:
https://theathletic.com/24279/2016/1...s-nba-success/

Toronto had to come back once more to grab the win last night at the Air Canada Centre. Utah was the victim this time. Another great 4th quarter from Kyle Lowry:
http://www.nba.com/raptors/gamerap-010517
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Toronto beats Atlantic Division foes Boston last night in their Huskies gear 114-106, thus preventing a season-long 3-game losing streak:
http://www.nba.com/raptors/gamerap-011017
http://www.tsn.ca/derozan-raptors-co...ltics-1.647758
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/n...g-win-celtics/
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...-the-east.html

When Jared Sullinger finally makes his Raptors debut come late January at the earliest, you know the frontcourt gets deeper by that much like their defensive rebounding that sorely missed with Bismack Biyombo's departure:
http://www.tsn.ca/raptors-eagerly-aw...eturn-1.647795

Toronto had to endure two NBA superstars torching its defense for losses in a taxing time that symbolizes the ups and downs of the grinding regular season. First Jimmy Butler for Chicago in Toronto's 10th consecutive loss to the Bulls in OT. Then James Harden out of Houston. Offense wasn't an issue for those games:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...h-rockets.html
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...nst-bulls.html

Raptors couldn't stop the Houston Rockets at home. But Toronto's hometown hero Andrew Wiggins and his Minnesota Timberwolves actually did in the next Rockets' game in Minneapolis in the second game a 3-game Target Center home stand, stopping the red-hot Rockets' 9-game winning streak. Wiggins had 28 points last night. Looking forward to see if Russell Westbrook will inflict his customary triple double on the young Timberwolves next:
http://www.tsn.ca/wiggins-wolves-sna...treak-1.648500

Guess Paul Millsap's now off the table. Who will they take in a trade in response to the Cavs acquiring Kyle Korver for Eastern Conference supremacy? Methinks it could be between Ibaka and Galinari:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...dd-korver.html
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/n...-target-trade/

Dwane Casey seriously looked at Pau before the Spurs snatched him:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/baske...pau-gasol.html

Oh wow. Now we can officially proclaim what a waste of an NBA career Anthony Bennett had after being drafted #1 in 2014 as the first Canadian drafted at that spot in an underwhelming draft year in retrospect. 4 different NBA teams in as many seasons. If even hollowed out Brooklyn couldn't stick, something's wrong. Ironically replaced by another ex-Raptor in Quincy Acy. Overseas clubs might not want to take a risk--and reclamation projects are few and far between in the cutthroat pro sports world. Good guy but couldn't further develop on-court skills or grit. Sad:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/baske...d-by-nets.html

Best Toronto NCAA men's player right now? Without a doubt IMO is Mississauga's Dillon Brooks playing for the Oregon Ducks, a certain Final Four contender. He was just named NCAA Men's Player of the Week for averaging 25.5 points a game on 60 per cent shooting, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists as Oregon beat UCLA and USC including the game winner against the UCLA Bruins. Oregon has two other Canadians with Montreal's Chris Boucher and Brampton's Dylan Ennis, older brother of Tyler:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/baske...-the-week.html

There's also Burlington native Grant Mullins who could possibly play for California after being a graduate transfer from the Columbia Lions. And there's also Toronto's Justin Jackson donning the Maryland Terrapins jersey after reneged on his UNLV committment due to coaching instability there from nearby at Finlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/c...aa-basketball/

Don't know how many Toronto women's players are in the NCAA and who's currently prominent, except for Connecticut's Kia Nurse, who's actually from Hamilton. Need to check on that very soon. Several from last season have graduated.

The Ryerson Rams women, the defending OUA Critelli Cup champs fresh off their banner season in its history and like the men the best Toronto OUA basketball program, started out their 2016-17 season in Waterloo to face the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in November being widely touted as contenders again with many returnees in spite of the departures of Pingue-Giles, Silvana Jez and Mariah Nunes having all graduated. It’s not all bad news for the Rams, though, as OUA All-Star Sofia Paska returns for her third season and will anchor the offence with also returning starting point guard Cara Tiemens along with guard Chloe Mago back from a year away and was not on the Critelli Cup champs team (did win OUA silver medal the prior season). Plus a major addition in Ottawa Gee Gees transfer Kellie Ring. With aims for the national big one. They dropped the opener 68-66 to the Golden Hawks with nobody except for Paska getting into an offensive rhythm in that game. Back in Toronto, though not at their campus but very close like walking distance, Ryerson win their first game beating the Toronto Varsity Blues 55-42 with better defense, rebounding, and depthlike reducing Toronto's field goal shooting to 28.1% and going 1-12 behind the 3-point line at the Goldring Centre with Sofia Paska earning another double double. Next weekend was their home opener and there's nothing like a newer team like the Nipissing Lakers in getting rout on towards an impressive performance like they did in the first game. Laurentian came the next game, and the Rams had to scrape out a victory when they raised their first OUA championship banner and rings. At this point, the Rams hit their stride with a winning streak on their hands by going to Sault Ste. Marie and defeating Algoma in the only game for them that week, though not with 100 points this time. Much closer this one as the Rams free throw shooting saving them. Even tied a team record for fewest turnovers which made the coaches happy. Back at the Mattany the next to close out 2016 with OUA West powers Western Ontario and 5x champs Windsor. And won both of those to 6 by shutting down OUA leading scorer from the Mustangs Mackenzie Puklicz to 8 points and forced 20 turnovers to convert into 19 Ryerson points. In a gritty battle of the top defensive OUA teams, the end scoring result reflected that knocking off #5 Windsor to stay tied for first in the OUA East in closing out 2016:
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=211274294
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=211277310
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=211290527
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=211307805
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=211309815
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=211301503
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=211306494
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=211319092
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=211321092
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=211332004
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=211338396

Jamaica-born Kevon Parchment, a West Hill Collegiate/Fraser Valley/Jamba Cats/Lakeland/Tallahassee CC product, now playing for the new Scarborough CBL team on the eastern side of his Toronto hometown at the Pan American Centre. Just released the CBL has just now started:
https://basketballbuzz.ca/cbl/kevon-...nt-coming-home

Just mentioned about the Canadian Basketball League. To remind what this is, the CBL is former Toronto Raptors head coach Butch Carter's creation that endured numerous false starts to get off the ground. Now it's truly on with the first game having took place January 8. 4 teams in this CBL debut season including Scarbourough, Wellington, Durham, and Hamilton--all Ontario-based teams with no team names as of yet. Scarborough and Durham are the two Toronto teams. Some places were considered like Vaughan and Kitchener but got dropped. Guess we can incorporate Hamilton as nowdays some people like to include Canada's Steel City, a city that has a very solid local basketball culture for years, into the GTHA. Wellington and Durham, two of the easternmost franchises played the first ever CBL game on January 8 with things really shape starting this weekend with all four teams playing twice based on the schedule from January 13-15.
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Toronto on a 4-game win streak right now plays in Philadelphia, who are currently under its own hot streak of winning. Actually they're competitive against the Raptors hanging with them.

One thing I forgot to mention on the last Toronto post was of Jordan Brand choosing two Toronto-area high school basketball teams as part of 19 in the US and Canada during this season to don its Jordan Brand-made unis as part of its Class of XXXI--Father Henry Carr and Central Tech (all of these schools get the exact same jersey style regardless of team colo(u)rs):
http://www.instagramcn.com/centraltech31

When the Jordan Brand Invitational came to Toronto last February 11 at Ryerson's Mattany Athletic Centre at Maple Leaf Gardens just before the NBA All-Star Weekend made its historic outside the US excursion with Father Henry Carr and Orangeville Prep participating. Needless to say, both lost to their American counterparts:
http://www.slamonline.com/college-hs...wWCKGH1E7cv.97
http://www.sportscastermagazine.ca/b...sn/1003410478/
http://tipofthetower.com/2016/02/12/...nal-comes-six/

Patrick Patterson could be back in time against the Rockets:
http://tipofthetower.com/2017/01/08/...ck-vs-rockets/

Tip Of The Tower's Toronto Raptors Midseason Awards:
http://tipofthetower.com/2017/01/18/...season-awards/

Year 2 of the Erin McAleenan era at York means we will seriously start seeing her recruits coming to Toronto to a young team that looks to improve upon their experience looking with optimism. The Lions got better as the season wore on to the end against many of the tough OUA teams. Backcourt improved with now-fifth-year Markham guard Ishanaa Seupersadsingh coming off a career year in which she led the Lions in scoring with 10.9 points per game while taking on a greater leadership role and she will be counted on to again provide the team with strong play at both ends of the court along with the Lions's backcourt duo of Katrina Collins-Samuels and Sandra Nagowska as both OUA all-rookie team last season after tremendous first years. Collins-Samuels was second in team scoring while Nagowska led the Lions in assists, and both are poised to take another step in their development this year. Adding to the guard depth is new face in Khara Keane, an Albany Great Danes transfer. Shauney Fischer, another fifth-year player, looks to continue to provide frontcourt leadership. I don't think they'll catch city rivals Ryerson, but they can make the OUA playoffs:
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2016/1...th=wbasketball

Things did not get to a good start for the York Lions women's basketball team in November as they started off with a loss to #6 Queen's at the Tait Mackenzie Center in their only game of the opening week and only their home game for several weeks. York's losing woes continued on the road the next week in their Waterloo weekend trip to Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier in a cruising win for the Golden Hawks. Going up over to Thunder Bay, Ontario to see the Lakehead Thunderwolves, came away from that another disappointment in a checkered game for the Lions. Returned home the next week as November was becaming December for the final home game of the fall semester at the Tait with Algoma and finally got a 7-point win over those easybeats. But no winning streak was built upon that Thunderbirds win as the comeback bid fell short in Guelph to the Gryphons to end 2016.

Orangeville went to the Atlantic aimed at stopping the Saint John Riptide's 4-game winning streak at the Harbour Station but couldn't do it. The A's were ultimately outscored and outrebounded with the Riptide, chasing the undefeated Halifax Hurricanes, made some hot shooting. Riptide wins 125-112. Before this, the A's also lost in New Brunswick to the Moncton Miracles:
http://asbasketball.ca/p/14513/nr/10...iptide-125-112

But coming back home at the Athletes Institute, the A's managed to have its defense produce the offense beating the new Kitchener-Waterloo Titans 105-92 and move above .500:
http://asbasketball.ca/p/14513/nr/10...at-home-105-92

Another Basketball Buzz piece generally on the fledging Canadian Basketball League finally taking off. Does touch on Scarborough and its American under-30 year old coach Garrett Kelly, who could've been the Kitchener CBL coach, former Toronto Raptors point guard Milt Palacios making his head coaching debut with Durham United, and Mark Anderson at Hamilton:
https://basketballbuzz.ca/cbl/canadi...uild-will-come

Scarborough beats Wellington 93-86 and Hamilton 102-96. This report is only on the Wellington game though. Durham has also been winning and is undefeated at 4-0 as opposed to Scarborough's 4-1. Hamilton and Wellington are both winless each after 4 games:
http://www.usbasket.com/CBL/news/476...rom-behind-win
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Little Toronto Tornados 1980s flashback as I try to get myself back into this thread. Deals with Carl Nicks, a one-time Chicago high school phenom, who in this February 26, 1984 article was attempting his NBA comeback by improving his limited skills despite his high character like his shooting and ballhandling with the Tornados in the CBA in what amounted to being his last shot:
http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1...le/final-shot/
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Pitt Panthers Kevin Stallings gets Toronto's small forward Shamiel Stevenson, presently at Phoenix's Hillcrest Prep, as his 5th commitment for next season:
http://triblive.com/sports/college/p...len-basketball

Jody Hill from the CBL's Hamilton United tells of his pro basketball odyssey last season with the Iraqi Division 1 Basketball League's Baghdad-based Al Kharaba, named for the electric company and one of the 4 clubs based there in the 10-team league and paid him more than what the CBL does:
http://www.thespec.com/sports-story/...you-get-there/

Toronto Star's article by Morgan Campbell on Butch Carter's lower-tiered Canadian Basketball League with all 4 of its teams in or an hour's drive from Toronto, and of the challenges ahead to bring awareness to it (like Durham College only allowing Oshawa's team to play for 6 of home games there this season) as the CBL rounds into form. Right now, NBL Canada and its commissioner Dave Magley are diplomatic with it:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...kes-shape.html

Scarbourough and Durham are 1-2 in the 4-team CBL standings with Scarbourough being the best team in the league, well and away. More details later.

Things have not gone really well for the Raptors since Jared Sullinger, the free agent acquisition finally made his anticipated debut from his foot injury. His best recent game though was as a Raptors905 member. Hopefully, Toronto can come out of this during the grind and emerge stronger:
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/c...jsK/story.html

Speaking of the Raptors905, Jerry Stackhouse was named to coach the NBDL Eastern Conference All-Stars in New Orleans later this month:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...star-game.html
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Denver Nuggets rookie and Kitchener native Jamal Murray is one of two Canadians in the Team World-Team USA Rising Stars Skills Challenge in New Orleans on February 17 (Utah Jazz's Trey Lyles is the other). Murray will be joined by his Nuggets teammates Nikola Jokic (Serbia) and Emmanuel Mundiay (Democratic Republic of the Congo) for Team World:
http://www.denverstiffs.com/2017/1/2...denver-nuggets

Those who've seen Jamal Murray in HS, at Kentucky, and internationally for Team Canada (like at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto) like me know he's good when granted the opportunity and quality minutes. He's earning that right now with the Nuggets desperately clinging onto the 8th and final Western Conference playoff spot. Maybe it's time for Nuggets coach Mike Malone to unleash him and place him in as a starter. For example, Murray's 20-point performance in 23 minutes versus the Spurs Monday night leading all bench players. So fun to watch as he's learning:
http://www.denverstiffs.com/2017/2/5...inst-the-spurs
http://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/bas...ith-20-points/
(Got 17 against the NDCELE and 18 against Phoenix with 11 in the 4th a few days ago)
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/30...jameer-nelson/
http://www.denverstiffs.com/2017/2/1...h-fun-to-watch
http://hoopshabit.com/2017/01/31/den...-jamal-murray/
http://www.denverstiffs.com/2017/1/2...denver-nuggets

Congrats to DeMar and Kyle Lowry in making another Eastern Conference All-Star Team in New Orleans with the former as a starter and the latter selected by the coaches! Lowry will also participate in the 3-Point Shootout.

DeRozan comes back to happily lifts the Raptors over the Clippers at home:
http://www.tsn.ca/derozan-returns-to...ppers-1.666016

Up and down indeed for the Toronto Varsity Blues women's basketball team in the first half of this season under the dean of CIS women's basketball coaching Michele Belanger in her 38th season. After finishing third in the OUA East Division last season as the second-best Toronto OUA women's team behind OUA champs Ryerson and ahead of a young York Lions team. Hope was coming into the season was to make serious moves in the OUA starting with a road trip to Waterloo:
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2016...px?path=wbball

But things did not start off well this November for the Varsity Blues in Waterloo when they lost to the Warriors that was tightly contested until the fourth quarter and also acted as a turnover-prone machine with 29 of them. The next week saw them open the home schedule with one of the top national squads in then-#9 Ryerson that's of course several blocks away deep in downtown Toronto and fall to them 55-42 even with Collyville, Texas native Charlotte Collyer going for a career-high 16 points for the Varsity Blues. In St. Catherines, right near the Canada-USA border, the woes continue in searching for the first win with the Brock Badgers forcing Toronto into second-half struggles. But the winning eventually arrived for the team by mid-November with solid team efforts that in fact got them into .500 by then with wins at the Goldring Performance Centre to a winless Laurentian, young easybeats Nipissing, and Algoma on the road in Sault Ste. Marie to maintain third in the OUA East. In their final home games of 2016 at the Goldring in November-December, the Toronto Varsity Blues faced two OUA teams with different styles and fortunes. They were certainly no match for the then-#5 Windsor Lancers and Bronze Baby champs 5 consecutive times over with the Lancers championship pedigree and stifling D as Windsor remain undefeated at 7-0 but later rebounded the next game as 4 Toronto players scored in double figures, including Deidre Edwards and her 10 points, stopping Western Ontario Mustangs in heading into the exam break at 4-4:
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2016...px?path=wbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2016...px?path=wbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2016...px?path=wbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2016...px?path=wbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2016...px?path=wbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2016...px?path=wbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2016...px?path=wbball
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Denver Nuggets rookie and Kitchener native Jamal Murray is one of two Canadians in the Team World-Team USA Rising Stars Skills Challenge in New Orleans on February 17 (Utah Jazz's Trey Lyles is the other). Murray will be joined by his Nuggets teammates Nikola Jokic (Serbia) and Emmanuel Mundiay (Democratic Republic of the Congo) for Team World:
http://www.denverstiffs.com/2017/1/2...denver-nuggets

Those who've seen Jamal Murray in HS, at Kentucky, and internationally for Team Canada (like at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto) like me know he's good when granted the opportunity and quality minutes. He's earning that right now with the Nuggets desperately clinging onto the 8th and final Western Conference playoff spot. Maybe it's time for Nuggets coach Mike Malone to unleash him and place him in as a starter. For example, Murray's 20-point performance in 23 minutes versus the Spurs Monday night leading all bench players. So fun to watch as he's learning:
http://www.denverstiffs.com/2017/2/5...inst-the-spurs
http://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/bas...ith-20-points/
(Got 17 against the NDCELE and 18 against Phoenix with 11 in the 4th a few days ago)
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/30...jameer-nelson/
http://www.denverstiffs.com/2017/2/1...h-fun-to-watch
http://hoopshabit.com/2017/01/31/den...-jamal-murray/
http://www.denverstiffs.com/2017/1/2...denver-nuggets

Congrats to DeMar and Kyle Lowry in making another Eastern Conference All-Star Team in New Orleans with the former as a starter and the latter selected by the coaches! Lowry will also participate in the 3-Point Shootout.

DeRozan comes back to happily lifts the Raptors over the Clippers at home:
http://www.tsn.ca/derozan-returns-to...ppers-1.666016

Up and down indeed for the Toronto Varsity Blues women's basketball team in the first half of this season under the dean of CIS women's basketball coaching Michele Belanger in her 38th season. After finishing third in the OUA East Division last season as the second-best Toronto OUA women's team behind OUA champs Ryerson and ahead of a young York Lions team. Hope was coming into the season was to make serious moves in the OUA starting with a road trip to Waterloo:
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2016...px?path=wbball

But things did not start off well this November for the Varsity Blues in Waterloo when they lost to the Warriors that was tightly contested until the fourth quarter and also acted as a turnover-prone machine with 29 of them. The next week saw them open the home schedule with one of the top national squads in then-#9 Ryerson that's of course several blocks away deep in downtown Toronto and fall to them 55-42 even with Collyville, Texas native Charlotte Collyer going for a career-high 16 points for the Varsity Blues. In St. Catherines, right near the Canada-USA border, the woes continue in searching for the first win with the Brock Badgers forcing Toronto into second-half struggles. But the winning eventually arrived for the team by mid-November with solid team efforts that in fact got them into .500 by then with wins at the Goldring Performance Centre to a winless Laurentian, young easybeats Nipissing, and Algoma on the road in Sault Ste. Marie to maintain third in the OUA East. In their final home games of 2016 at the Goldring in November-December, the Toronto Varsity Blues faced two OUA teams with different styles and fortunes. They were certainly no match for the then-#5 Windsor Lancers and Bronze Baby champs 5 consecutive times over with the Lancers championship pedigree and stifling D as Windsor remain undefeated at 7-0 but later rebounded the next game as 4 Toronto players scored in double figures, including Deidre Edwards and her 10 points, stopping Western Ontario Mustangs in heading into the exam break at 4-4:
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2016...px?path=wbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2016...px?path=wbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2016...px?path=wbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2016...px?path=wbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2016...px?path=wbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2016...px?path=wbball
http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2016...px?path=wbball
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Masai Ujiri gave Raptors fans and his slumping team a big and much-welcomed Valentine's Day present in power forward Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic for Terrence Ross and the lesser 1st round picks! Good thing for MLSE the trade wasn't as requiring as many teams as thought or sacrificing more players from the Raptors like their younger players such as Poeltl and Siakim. Or cash. Ibaka brings much needed frontcourt size and depth, playoff experience, defense with some rim-protecting, desired court spacing, and a rare skill set including a really potent offense to a team that badly needs all that. With Ross now gone, this means more extended minutes for second-year swingman Norm Powell, who showed flashes of brilliance. And a stretch four:
http://www.tsn.ca/statistically-spea...ptors-1.671521
http://www.bardown.com/the-basketbal...ibaka-1.671544
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/n...erately-needs/
http://www.nba.com/raptors/press-rel...aka-from-magic
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/n...nce-ross-pick/
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...in-powell.html
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...rge-ibaka.html

Toronto currently is in Chicago at the United Center facing the Bulls right now.
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Been a while since I wrote here for a month. Got busy which limited my writing here. But now back and will catch up.

Last night wearing their Toronto Huskies Hardwood Classics gear playing on that special court at the ACC, the Raptors managed to beat the Chicago Bulls 122-120 in overtime at home with DeMar DeRozan scoring for 41 points, ending a 11-game losing streak to the Bulls on the day former Bulls GM Jerry Krause died. But what's going to be remembered out of this wild game is that Serge Ibaka-Robin Lopez fight with both throwing punches and getting kicked out from the game. A game that was on ESPN. Then again the fight was secondary:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...ot-battle.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXlSyhdJA2k

Serge will have to sit out against Miami tomorrow night with around a C$110,000-120,000 fine. Lopez will serve his too. Assistant Jamaal Magloire, a Toronto native and former All-Star, got fined $15,000 for failing to be a peacemaker:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...for-scrap.html

17 players from Ontario, surely many from Toronto area and the Golden Horseshoe part that includes Hamilton and Burlington, make up the overwhelming majority of both Red and White teams (24 players in all) in the upcoming BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game at the University of Toronto's Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport on Monday, April 10 that will get shown live on TSN in Canada. Rowan Barrett Jr. and Shai Alexander were also selected but can't participate. When's the girls' version coming?
http://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/press/thi...sively-on-tsn/
http://www.basketball.ca/en/news-art...-tips-off-apri

But the Mississauga native Barrett and Hamilton's Alexander (or Gilgeous-Alexander) will be part of the 4-player Canadian contingent on the Nike Hoops Summit World Team in Portland on April 7 with Nickeil Alexander-Walker from Toronto, and Lindell Wigginton from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Ryerson Rams head coach Roy Rana, fresh from the CIS Final 8 in Halifax, returns once again as World Team coach:
http://nikehoopsummit.com/news
http://www.basketball.ca/en/news-art...ke-hoop-summit
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We're a couple of days away from the 3rd annual BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game to be held at the University of Toronto Goldring Centre. So this will be a good time to "look up to the north" and back at last year's festivities that had both teams heavily starring Toronto and Ontario high school (or secondary school) players among the best Canada offers. Needless to say, with Canada and specifically Toronto being the hot basketball breeding grounds, NCAA scouts will no doubt be watching.

We could see a number of these players this year from last year's BioSteel Future All-Canadian Game in Orangeville at the Athletes Institute, the home of NBL Canada's Orangeville A's, that features the top 24 freshmen and sophomore Canadian high school players onto the bigger game. Too bad about the audio mute:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pZbzbvzaMw

Last year's SportChek 3-Point Shootout at Orangeville:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCjdOFgjhv0

Then later BMO Slam Dunk Contest also at Orangeville:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8dqHsOPMRM

The full game of the 2016 BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game at the University of Toronto's Goldring Centre that was shown on Canada's TSN with Kate Beirness, Rod Black, and Leo Rautins. Must note that the two opposing coaches in this game, McGill's Dave DeAveiro and Ottawa's James Derouin, had local high school coaches acting as assistants in Gus Gymopoulous from powerhouse Vaughan wheere Andrew Wiggins and Andrew Nembhard made their names and Father Henry Carr's Paul Melmeth:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz11QNV-gsg

Recap footage from the first BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game in 2015 at Ryerson University's Mattany Athletic Centre at Maple Leaf Gardens. Future NBA lottery picks and stars Jamal Murray and Thom Maker put on shows that night:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My1jq7jPiVg

Getting into Rowan Barrett Jr. now from Mississauga. He's regarded as the best young Canadian basketball prospect player since Andrew Wiggins. Speaking of Wiggins, I'm wearing his Adidas basketball sneakers as I'm writing this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wz_XPRfKXU

As many of you may know, Kyle Lowry pretty much is shut down due to his wrist injury stemming from the All-Star Weekend. Plans to return in time for the playoffs. Actually some good came out with the freeing up some playing time for Delon Wright, who's using it so well with his defense, blocking, and passing, though he has caused some turnovers. Doesn't look like the Toronto Raptors will be able to catch the Boston Celtics and successfully defend their third consecutive Atlantic Division title. At best right now, they'll be 51-31--and currently tied for the third spot in the East with Washington. Hope they get sole possession of that afterwards. Have been winning consistently. Fellow All-Star DeMar DeRozan is tearing things up with several 30+ point games including some 40+ ones. Their regular season home schedule ends Friday night with Miami coming back to town before heading off to finish the season in New York and Cleveland.

But Lowry, like KD in Oakland, plans to play again in the tail end of the regular season later this week prior to the playoffs to get readjusted:
http://tipofthetower.com/2017/04/04/...-kyle-lowry-2/
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The Mississauga-based Toronto Raptors905 took care of the Canton Charge in a 2-0 sweep that was actually more challenging in both games for the Jerry Stackhouse-coached team despite Axel Toupane's 41-point performance in the first game in Canton and Brady Heslip's back at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga as they brought out the brooms towards the East Finals. I'll have more to say about them for the NBDL's best team later this new week. I seriously think they'll win the NBDL title in its second season:
http://dleague.nba.com/news/nba-dlea...canton-charge/

We're now in the final month of NBL Canada 6th regular season in April. And as it stands both the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans and the Orangeville A's will make the playoffs as the bottom two of the 4 teams in the Central Division. KW just defeated Halifax, now the second-best team in the league, today in the Nova Scotia capital 94-87. Orangeville, with 4 wins ahead of bottom-feeder Niagara River Lions, still will have to fend Niagara off to make it because things can still turn around in the former's disfavo(u)r. Have been losing several games lately before winning two of the more recent ones. Neither will catch the London Lightning for Central Division supremacy but either could give some problems for both London and Windsor in the playoffs.

Not even having Kyle Lowry for a full quarter for the home finale couldn't damper his backcourt mate DeMar DeRozan's 38-point performance and becoming a better passer for the home regular season finale against the playoff-battling Miami Heat, sporting the Huskies getups surviving a late Heat rally 96-94. We'll likely see Lowry, DeRozan, Tucker, Patterson and Ibaka in the late moments for Casey:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...me-finale.html

And Toronto just won in New York playing well throughout during today's matinee match at MSG in the Big Apple. They'll finish no worse than 3rd in the East and reach 50 wins again. DeMar goes for 35 this afternoon:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...ng-knicks.html
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Some non-Raptors Toronto basketball news to share for you as I prepare for the bigger stuff that also includes Ryerson, York, Toronto, Humber, Seneca, Kitchener-Waterloo Titans, Orangeville A's, Raptors905, and the Scarborough CBL team. OK, there's actually one among the following...

17-year old Rayvonte Bell from Central Tech is currently in ICU and haven't awoken from his coma after collapsing in-game on March 25 likely from a rare heart condition known as Long QT syndrome. Mom and teammates are keeping vigil. Prayers for him:
https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/201...-on-court.html

When you come from an indigenous community as a youth, chances are there will be a lot of issues like with such Aboriginal Canadian communities like access to the mainstream, suicide, drugs, alcoholism, racist encounters, and (particularly if you're female) sexual assaults, murders, and kidnappings. Sadly, the following basketball team from one such area lost one of their own to suicide. Fortunately, this group of Manitoba indigenous teenage girls on a team known as God’s Lake Narrows Wolverines get to live out their basketball fantasies being out of the familiar zone--many never even left the Manitoba province before--after successfully raising the needed C$17,000 to make it into a Toronto indigenous basketball tournament while getting a basketball education from hometown Raptor Cory Joseph (and were treated to watch him and his fellow Raptors in action the next night at the ACC against the Indiana Pacers) and seeing the skyline sights:
http://www.cp24.com/news/toronto-tou...team-1.3348106
http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/dream-c...time-1.3347277
http://globalnews.ca/news/3308372/ma...ll-tournament/

Another Aboriginal Canadian basketball program, this one from Thunder Bay, Ontario, gets C$50,000 grant money from the Raptors that will go a long way towards funding and building both boys and girls basketball programs at the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council-run Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School, the only indigenous high school in the city. Talk about "Thunder up":
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunde...tors-1.4044670

Congrats to Tracey McGrady on being the first Toronto Raptor pick inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Wasn't supposed to amount to much at the start as a skinny and raw teen. Had some moments of blossoming. Yet he seems associated more with his hometown Orlando and Houston. Cousin Vince Carter will likely be next:
http://www.torontosun.com/2017/04/01...l-hall-of-fame

3rd seed East York Major Atom girls basketball team wins bronze top Division 1 at the Ontario Basketball provincial championships held in Newmarket, Ontario March 24 to 26 over top-seeded Transway Basketball:
http://www.insidetoronto.com/communi...-earns-bronze/
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Now in the playoffs. And I gotta say the Toronto Raptors last night just didn't show up at the BMO Harris Bradley Center against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 3. Now Milwaukee is up 2-1 with Game 4 tomorrow afternoon. Do wish either ESPN or TNT would broadcast this series with all due respect to NBATV, at least for showcasing more Giannis Antetokounmpo, who's so fun and exciting to watch. Better win tomorrow because Kyle, DeMar, Jonas, Serge, etc. help produce a franchise playoff record of 30 points in the first half.
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Toronto Raptors will get a fuller treatment in the coming days. Right now, Toronto is back at home in the Air Canada Centre for the pivotal Game 5 against Milwaukee. Kyle Lowry skipped the latest practice shootaround with his back acting up; hope he gets up and running for tonight. Giannis Antetokounmpo no doubt will play like a beast tonight for Milwaukee with their length, youth, and speed.

Toronto must get this done with the next two games because Cleveland awaits and rested for up to at least a week.

Meanwhile its Raptors 905 NBDL affiliate lost Game 1 in the NBDL Finals to Rio Grande Valley and its high octane offense 119-106 last night with scene shifting up to Mississauga, Ontario Tuesday night in Toronto's Peel Region at the Hershey Centre for Game 2 and maybe (hopefully for the Raptors 905's sake) Game 3:
http://dleague.nba.com/news/2017-nba...valley-vipers/
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Old 29-04-2017, 07:44 AM   #221
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All right, Toronto puts an end to the long Milwaukee Bucks last night at the Bradley Center in Game 6 to win the series 4-2 thanks to a clutch dunk from DeMar DeRozan, who sent them to the second round. But it clearly wasn't easy. Blew a 25-point lead in the process. Milwaukee with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Thom Maker, Khrys Middleton, and Greg Monroe will all be back. Imagine how different things would be if Jabari Parker was healthy. Jason Kidd shows how good he is building up young teams. But Cleveland and King James await for the Raptors in a ECF rematch. Hopefully, Toronto gets their revenge. So Wisconsin basketball fans now someone else in DeMar DeRozan along with Scott Chiozza to dash their dreams:
http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/4/28/1...r-derozan-dunk
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...nst-bucks.html
http://www.tsn.ca/raptors-withstand-...eries-1.737020

If Toronto wins this series and it's more possible now, DeMar and Kyle must shoot at better field goal percentages than ever. Nate Powell must keep on what he's doing in his role.

Meanwhile in Mississauga, the Toronto Raptors 905, the best team in the NBDL, overcame a Game 1 loss in Rio Grande Valley to win the next two games up in the Hershey Centre to win the NBDL title in only its second season in existence with several Raptors in the house watching and supporting them. Pascal Siakam is the NBDL Finals MVP. Final game as the NBDL. Next season it'll known as the Gatorade League of the G-League, but I'll use those interchangeably with the NBDL here:
http://dleague.nba.com/news/2017-nba...valley-vipers/
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Old 05-05-2017, 01:35 PM   #222
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Was listening live online on TSN Radio 1050 Toronto last night. What are the Raptors to do after the first two games in Cleveland being outclassed? They're seemingly at a loss, even when they are considered the best Eastern Conference team that could match up effectively and potentially dethrone Cleveland. Came out just lifeless against King James, who couldn't do anything wrong while surpassing Kareem in the NBA alltime postseason scoring process. Not every single Raptors didn't try. DeRozan was unproductive. Lowry got hurt with his collision with Norman Powell and couldn't finish the rest of the game. He's questionable for tomorrow and won't practice; it's getting ominous. Credit to Cleveland's defense--and their high confidence execution.

If Toronto doesn't get in gear starting tomorrow night back at home with winning performances at the Air Canada Centre, this could very well end up in sweep mode. Really, the Raptors and the Cavs should be facing each other at the ECF. But that's what happens when, during the regular season, you slip following Lowry's wrist injury and could keep the #2 seed, if not get #1:
http://www.tsn.ca/lowry-misses-pract...ested-1.742738
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/n...-questionable/

While all this is going on, this is another postseason chapter of friends, Toronto natives, and national team and ex-Texas members Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson. Tristan was among the better players on Cleveland not named LeBron in Game 1:
http://www.tsn.ca/thoughts-on-thomps...-more-1.741775

Brampton native Anthony Bennett since landed with Turkey's Fenerbahce--and apparently it seems he was in serious danger of being cut there too for lack of production. But sources say, he's still on the EuroLeague Final Four squad but left off the TBBL Playoff roster:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/n...l-four-roster/

Meanwhile, the NBA announced Toronto will be among the first 17 teams in the 2K eSports league:
http://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/...esports-league
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Old 07-05-2017, 07:41 AM   #223
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Just when we thought Toronto was going to actually make a series out of this last night back home north of the border, they collapsed in the 4th to the indomitable LeBron and his Cavs, pulling away with a double-digit win and another of his 30+ point performance. DeMar did try by reaching 30+ points. The end is near for the Raptors in one of the most disappointing displays. Kyle Lowry, though suited up, didn't even play. He may not even play tomorrow. Could he have played his last Toronto Raptors game? What is it about Toronto not prevailing with Cleveland?
https://www.thestar.com/sports/rapto...o-raptors.html
http://www.tsn.ca/raptors-lowry-doub...ame-4-1.744588
http://www.tsn.ca/lebron-dominates-a...ation-1.744304
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/basketball/...me-3-1.4101302

Meanwhile, there's also some playoff action elsewhere reasonably close from Toronto involving cities near it. It's in NBL Canada. Two teams in that league near this city, both in separate ones, are in it. Neither series started at home for them The new Kitchener-Waterloo Titans are currently facing the Windsor Express in a best-of-3 series. Game 1 took place in Windsor at the WFCU Centre with the Express topping the the KW Titans 112-105. The Orangeville A's also started as losers in their series opener in London to the dominant and very serious championship contenders London Lightning 117-87. Bad turnovers played a part on Orangeville. Wll both be more of a series unlike Toronto Raptors' enduring? Time will tell:
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10149...112-titans-105
http://www.therecord.com/sports-stor...layoff-opener/
http://www.oursportscentral.com/serv...r-as/n-5254681

Toronto's Shakwon Barrett heads to Tulane University down in the Big Easy as a late signee:
http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orlea...969462acb.html
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As many of you know now for over a week, the Toronto Raptors faced the Cleveland Cavaliers broom at the Air Canada Centre...and my second favo(u)rite NBA team behind Phoenix got swept
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Old 25-05-2017, 10:53 AM   #225
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Getting back to the more notable stuff later. But as the Canadian women's national start a new campaign after Rio 2016 like ultimately for the 2018 FIBA Women's World Basketball Championships in Spain, 4 players from the Toronto metro area (with a 5th player from nearby Hamilton in Saicha Grant-Allen counting as part of the Golden Horseshoe. But no Kia Nurse, who's also from Hamilton) will participate in the June European Exhibition Tour. Part of the assessment phase in training camp:
http://www.basketball.ca/en/news-article/slug-6udlt7
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