Canada and U-Sport men’s basketball will be well represented at the 20th Maccabiah Games, which will take place in Israel, July 4-18, 2017 including on the coaching staff with McGill Assistant Coach Madhav “Muddy” Trivedi part of the two person staff for Israel along with Allon Bross (Head Coach). Canada has fielded teams at this event for many years going back into the 1990’s. Trivedi, one of the up-and-coming young coaches in U-Sport, is a graduate of Vaughan S.S. and Ryerson U. and has previously held assistant coaching positions at Ryerson under Roy Rana and Queen’s with Steph Barrie before moving over to Dave DeAveiro‘s staff at McGill. Trivedi also has held multiple posts with Canada’s National team program over the past summers. Bross is a generous, long-time supporter of Canadian basketball and Maccabi Canada.
This edition’s roster is dotted with present day and former U-Sport players including 6’3″ Sage Usher (entering his 4th season with U of T Varsity Blues) and 6’1″ Mor Menashe (rising fifth-year senior at Lakehead). Other roster members with ties to Canadian university basketball include 6’3″ Jordan Balaban (Queen’s), 6’4″ Winnipeg native Keenan Benarroch (Manitoba), 6’5″ Vancouver native Sean Ashkenazy (ex-Fraser Valley Cascade who now plays in the Israeli pro league) and 5’10” Ave Bross (McGill). Another roster member is 6’2″ Raphy Abergel, (ex-Vanier College CEGEP and Yeshiva University Maccabees, an NCAA Division III school in New York, NY). The team also was hoping to have ex-Dalhousie All-Canadian 6’1″ Simon Farine in the lineup however the ex-European pro is now home and has employment commitments.
The team assembled this past weekend at U of T in Toronto, scrimmaging a group of returning Varsity Blues on Sunday and will reassemble in late June for a week-long training camp before departing for Israel. Canada last participated in the Maccabi Games in 2015 in Chile.
Opening Ceremonies are set to take place July 6, 2017 in Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem.