Team Saskatoon representing Canada at 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup

Team Saskatoon (L to R: Michael Linklater, Steve Sir, Nolan Brudehl, Michael Lieffers) will represent Canada at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018 in the Philippines. Ryan Flaherty / Global News

Team Saskatoon will represent Canada at the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup, Canada Basketball announced Friday.

Captain Michael Linklater along with Michael Lieffers, Nolan Brudehl and Steve Sir will compete in the 40-team basketball event that takes place June 8-12 in Manila, Philippines.

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It will be the first time a Canadian team has competed at the tournament.

Linklater, 35, is Canada’s highest-ranked individual player at 50th with 431,400 points. Linklater, along with Lieffers, won silver at the 2014 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final in Sendai, Japan.

This past year, fans voted Linklater as the “most spectacular player” of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour season.

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Team Saskatoon played four times on the 2017 World Tour, and placed second in their hometown event.

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“Our team is both proud and excited to represent Canada at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2018,” Linklater said in a release.

“We have worked extremely hard over the past five years to make this a reality. Our goal is to have a strong finish and show the world why we are one of the best teams in 3×3.

“This is the first step to helping Canada qualify for the 2020 Olympics.”

The International Olympic Committee announced last year that it was adding 3×3 basketball to the Olympic basketball program starting with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

With files from Global News

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