FIBA U18 Americas Championships Taking Over Southeastern Ontario
The sport of basketball continues to grow north of the border.
With the rise in popularity of the Toronto Raptors, basketball is very much becoming a prevalent sport in Canada. So much so that on April 12, 2017, FIBA Americas, Canada Basketball, and the Niagara Sports Commission announced the city of St. Catharines will host the 2018 FIBA 18U Americas Championship. This marks the first time ever that Canada will host the continental under-18 event.
With big names of the caliber of Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson, Cory Joseph, Jamal Murray, and R.J. Barrett coming out of the country in recent years, the sport is booming in Canada, and it was only a matter of time before an FIBA event would come to the country.
The event is slated to take place between June 10-16 and will have eight countries participating. In Group A, the mighty United States of America are joined by the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Puerto Rico, while Canada occupies Group B along with Ecuador, Argentina, and Chile.
The games will take place in the Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines, the home of the OHL’s Niagara Ice Dogs.