Canada’s Phil Scrubb (23) looks for a way to the net against Virgin Islands’ Ivan Aska (11) during first half FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers action, in Ottawa on Monday, July 2, 2018. Two-time NBA champion Joel Anthony, and brothers Phil and Thomas Scrubb headline Canada’s team for its final qualifying games for this summer’s FIBA World Cup. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Anthony, Scrubbs headline Canada’s basketball team for two games in St. John’s

Canada, which has already qualified for the World Cup, first hosts Chile on Feb. 21

Two-time NBA champion Joel Anthony, and brothers Phil and Thomas Scrubb headline Canada’s team for its final qualifying games for this summer’s FIBA World Cup.

Canada, which has already qualified for the World Cup, hosts Chile on Feb. 21, and Venezuela on Feb. 24, at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, N.L.

“Looking forward to finishing our windows process strong,” said head coach Roy Rana. “Honoured that our group continues to make an incredible sacrifice to represent our country in international competition.”

With the complicated qualifying procedure for the World Cup, Canada has been forced to use a revolving door of rosters throughout the process, with numerous players travelling from pro clubs overseas to help Canada qualify.

Rana said they’ve “been the backbone and foundation of our qualification into the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. I hope we celebrate and show our appreciation for them in St. John’s.”

Canada sits second in Group F with a 8-2 record. Following a 84-76 loss in Venezuela, the Canadians bounced back to beat world No. 12 Brazil 94-67 in Sao Paolo to clinch their first World Cup berth since 2010.

The World Cup, Aug. 31 to Sept. 15 in China, features a record 32 teams and is the main qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Roster:

Joel Anthony, Montreal, San Lorenzo Basket (Argentina); Aaron Best, Toronto, Riesen Ludwigsburg (Germany); Melvin Ejim, Toronto, Unics Kazan (Russia); Brady Heslip, Burlington, Ont., Istanbul BBSK (Turkey); Kaza Kajami-Keane, Ajax, Ont., Landstede Zwolle (Netherlands); Kyle Landry, Calgary, Buducnost (Montenegro); Conor Morgan, Victoria, B.C., Divina Seguros Joventut (Spain); Mychal Mulder, Toronto, Windy City Bulls (G League); Adika Peter-McNeilly, Toronto, Mitteldeutscher BC (Germany); Phil Scrubb, Richmond, B.C., Zenit Saint Petersburg (Russia); Thomas Scrubb, Richmond, B.C., Openjobmetis Varese (Italy); Kyle Wiltjer, Portland, Or., Unicaja Malaga (Spain).

The Canadian Press

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Quesnel’s Rink 2 holds the city’s first official pickleball clinic

Instructor Brooke Siver has been involved with the growing sport for six years

Quesnel Rotary Signboard undergoes transformation

The signboard was used to post signs for community events for 14 years before the change

Ranch Musings: Bruce Mack, a citizen/leader to be thankful for

David Zirnhelt celebrates the life of his friend, Bruce Mack

Quesnel gymnasts vault to provincial podium standing

Young athletes landed four medals at meets with the best in the province

Country and bluegrass festival returns to Quesnel next week

Seventeen bands will perform in the 22nd annual festival, from April 25-28

‘No answers:’ Canadians react to Sri Lanka bombings that killed hundreds

The co-ordinated bomb attacks killed at least 207 people and injured 450 more on Easter Sunday

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

A series of bomb blasts killed at least 207 people and injured hundreds more

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

Most Read