EDMONTON — The Canadian senior males’s nationwide group will kick off the fifth window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers Thursday in Edmonton.
They may tackle Venezuela on Thursday at 9:10 p.m. ET/ 7:10 p.m. MT and Panama on Sunday at 7:10 p.m. ET/ 5:10 p.m. MT. Each video games can be performed on the Edmonton EXPO Centre and could be seen on Sportsnet ONE and SN NOW.
“We’re extremely excited to have residence court docket benefit in Edmonton, as the town is a long-standing companion of our program with a passionate basketball fan-base able to cheer us on as we work to punch our ticket to the FIBA World Cup in 2023,” Canada Basketball President and CEO Michael Bartlett mentioned. “With our males’s group one win away from qualifying, Canada Basketball thanks the CEBL, Metropolis of Edmonton and Discover Edmonton for serving to host these significant and thrilling video games.”
The place Canada stands because the fifth window opens
The Canadian senior males’s nationwide group comes into this window of qualifiers because the lone undefeated group within the Americas. They enter Thursday’s recreation with an ideal 8-0 document and are the highest group in Group E. Canada’s most up-to-date victories had been a pair of wins in opposition to Argentina and Panama within the August 2022 window. A win in opposition to Venezuela on Thursday would qualify Canada for the World Cup.
The right way to Qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023
Within the second spherical, 12 groups are break up into two teams (Group E and Group F). Inside these two teams, every group will play each residence and away in opposition to the three new groups of their group over three totally different home windows of play. The second spherical has home windows in August 2022, November 2022 and February 2023 and every group performs two video games per window. Canada is undefeated by the primary spherical and thru the fourth window that opened second-round play. After the ultimate window of play in February 2023, the highest three groups in Group E and Group F, together with the fourth-best group, will go on to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.
Alternative at hand
The Canadian Senior Males’s Nationwide Workforce is at present ranked fifteenth within the FIBA World Rating offered by Nike. Whereas Canada is the lone undefeated group, Venezuela is in second place in Group E with a 7-1 document.
Because of their excellent 8-0 document, Canada would qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 with a victory over Venezuela, whereas a loss would depart the 2 groups with equivalent 8-1 information.
Canada finalized their 12-man roster for the opening recreation on Thursday night time.
A lot of the roster for the fifth window has CEBL expertise and the video games in Edmonton can be performed on the Edmonton EXPO Centre, residence court docket of the two-time CEBL Champion Edmonton Stingers.
“To have the senior males’s nationwide group taking part in on residence soil for an opportunity to clinch a World Cup berth is a narrative that hasn’t been advised for many years and one that might unfold in Edmonton,” Mike Morreale, CEO of the CEBL mentioned.
Manning the sideline
Senior males’s nationwide group affiliate head coach Nate Bjorkgren can be main the group by this window. He can be assisted by Nathaniel Mitchell, Michael Meeks and Philip Jevtovic.
The place to look at
Followers in Canada can catch Workforce Canada in motion dwell on Sportsnet ONE and SN NOW at 9:10 p.m. ET/ 7:10 p.m. MT on Thursday.
This text initially appeared on Canada Basketball’s web site.