Milton teen part of team representing Canada at FIBA U16 Americas Championship


Published August 20, 2021 at 8:30 pm


A Milton teen will be part of the team representing Canada at the FIBA U16 Americas Championship in Mexico next week.

Ishan Sharma, a 6’5” guard from Milton and currently enrolled at Fort Erie Int. in Fort Erie, Ontario Academy will be a member of the men’s team,

The men’s tournament is being played in Xalapa, Mexico, starting on August 23. The eight teams competing have been split into two groups—A and B.

Canada’s first game is against Argentina, then they play Mexico on August 24 and Brazil on August 25, before moving on to the quarterfinals on August 27.

The top four teams in the tournament will automatically qualify for the FIBA U17 World Cup in 2022.

Canada has medaled in every edition of the biennial tournament, dating back to its inception in 2009. This will be their seventh appearance in the tournament, and they have won three consecutive silver medals.

“We are in a golden era of basketball in Canada and I’m very excited and honoured to be the head coach of the U16 national team. Going into the FIBA U16 Americas Championship we’re looking to continue what we’ve been able to do with this age group, which is win while continuing to develop the players,” Head Coach Patrick Tatham said in a news release.

“I think we have a very strong group that are great in their cohesion, they’re all thrilled to represent our country and I think myself and the staff are excited to put this team in a position to qualify for next summer’s FIBA U17 World Cup 2022,” he continued. 

Cover photo courtesy of Canada Basketball

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