Oakville teens join Team Canada

Two Oakville players – Jake Babic and Anthony Pate – will join 10 other athletes who will represent Canada at the FIBA U17 World Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania from June 29 – July 8. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1995. Canada has been placed into Group B with Argentina, Croatia, Korea, Lithuania and Spain.

Babic is a 6’5” guard and played at Ignatius of Loyola. Pate, too, is a guard at 6’3. He has played basketball and attended high school in the U.S.

Canada qualified for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship by placing third in the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Prior to arriving in Lithuania, Canada will train and compete June 19-25, in Douai, France. During that time the Canadian Team will participate in the 26th World Douai Tournament, featuring U17 teams from Argentina, China, Croatia, Egypt, and France June 21-24.

Opening 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship, Canada will play on June 29 against host country Lithuania followed by Croatia on June 30, Argentina on July 1, and Spain on July 3, before closing preliminary play against Korea on July 4. The top four finishing teams from each group will advance to the medal round with the quarterfinals staged on July 6, the semifinals on July 7 and the finals on July 8.

FIBAtv.com will be broadcasting the games from the quarter-finals to the finals.

The Canadian boys program is currently ranked fifth in the FIBA world rankings. These rankings combine both junior and cadet men’s national teams.

In the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship for Men which was held in 2010, Canada won a bronze medal and had a record of 5-3.