Ben­nett, An­thony top Canada’s list for FIBA

Montreal Gazette - - SPORTS -

An­thony Ben­nett and Joel An­thony head­line the pre­lim­i­nary ros­ter for Canada’s pair of FIBA Bas­ket­ball World Cup qual­i­fy­ing games this month. “This group of young men em­body the pas­sion and sac­ri­fice needed to be suc­cess­ful in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion,” head coach Roy Rana said. “I ad­mire their com­mit­ment to Canada, and I hope all Cana­di­ans will sup­port us loudly in Halifax and across the coun­try.” Canada will open World Cup qual­i­fy­ing ver­sus the Ba­hamas on Nov. 24 in Halifax. They’ll then travel to face the Do­mini­can Repub­lic on Nov. 27 in San­ti­ago de los Ca­balleros. FIBA’s new qual­i­fy­ing for­mat poses a chal­lenge be­cause of a lack of player avail­abil­ity at this time of the year. Canada has 11 play­ers in the NBA, but Ben­nett and An­thony aren’t cur­rently on an NBA ros­ter.

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