POSTPONED: CEBL vs Canada Basketball
June 12, 2020 - 7:00 PM Add to cal
The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) announced that its June 12 exhibition game with the Canadian Senior Men’s National Basketball Team in Hamilton has been postponed. The decision follows Sunday night’s announcement by the Canadian Olympic Committee that it will not be sending athletes to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Games because of the risks of COVID-19. No make-up date has been determined, and both Canada Basketball and the CEBL will work together to identify a date in the future to reschedule the game.
Canada Basketball will continue discussions with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) as it relates to the upcoming FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament scheduled to take place in Victoria, British Columbia from June 23-28, 2020. Team Canada has been slated to battle Greece, China, Uruguay, Czech Republic, and Turkey for the one remaining berth in the Tokyo 2020 Games.
The Northern Showcase has been planned as a tune-up for the Canadian National Team, which is led by NBA champion head coach Nick Nurse and a roster featuring several of Canada’s top players currently in the NBA. The CEBL roster will be made up of select players from the league’s Hamilton, Niagara and Ottawa franchises, and coached by Victor Raso, the CEBL Coach of the Year during its inaugural season in 2019.
Fans who have purchased tickets to The Northern Showcase will receive a full refund on their purchase through Ticketmaster.
The Northern Showcase would mark the first time since the 1994 FIBA World Championship at Copps Coliseum (not FirstOntario Centre) that Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team has played in Hamilton. The Hamilton Honey Badgers play 10 home dates at FirstOntario Centre. Their 2020 home schedule starts May 16 with a rematch of the inaugural season’s CEBL Championship game against Saskatchewan. The Northern Showcase also marks the first time since 1998 that current NBA players have played in Hamilton.
With seven teams across four provinces, the CEBL is the “Official First Division Professional League Partner of Canada Basketball”, adhering to official FIBA rules and regulations. The 2020 regular season tips off May 7 when the expansion Ottawa BlackJacks face off against the Fraser Valley Bandits. The CEBL is one of the only professional men’s basketball leagues in the world that runs during spring and summer.
Beginning this season, CBC Sports will live stream all 70 regular season CEBL games and its five playoff contests, plus eight over-the-air television broadcasts including the CEBL Championship game live from Edmonton on August 16, 2020. The CEBL and CBC signed a three-year partnership last November.
The quest to secure a 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics berth begins here.
The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) will play host to the Canadian Senior Men’s National Basketball Team (CSMNT) in a game against the CEBL East Elites on June 12, 2020 at the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, ON. 2020 will mark the second year for professional basketball at FirstOntario Centre and the first time in over 25 years that Hamilton has played host to a basketball game featuring current NBA players.
Team Canada is led by NBA Champion head coach Nick Nurse and will be comprised of our country’s top players, including NBA stars R.J. Barrett, Jamal Murray, Chris Boucher, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Dillon Brooks, and Hamilton born Shai Gilgeous-Alexander plus many more soon to be announced. Canada’s Men’s National team will face off against the CEBL East Elites, featuring the league’s best from its Ontario-based teams including former national team members and some of the top FIBA players in the world.
This event will serve as a tune-up a few days prior to our national team leaving for Victoria, BC. in pursuit of an entry into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Victoria, BC qualifying tournament is being hosted by Team Canada, which includes a talented field featuring Greece, the Czech Republic, Turkey, China and Uruguay.
Canada must win this tournament in order to clinch its first men’s Olympic berth since the 2000 Olympics. The stakes are high and this showcase promises to be a true representation of the powerhouse that is Canadian basketball, an exciting exhibition of #OurGame, the way we like to play it in the North. Welcome to the Northern Showcase. This is #OurGame