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A Canadian Champion

Joel Friesen

Warrior: A person who shows or has shown great vigor, courage, or aggressiveness, as in politics or athletics. The definition of the term 'warrior' by Dictionary.com, perfectly describes 6'5 G Joel Friesen from Abbotsford, BC.

The Story:

It was the 4th quarter, tie game and against the home team of the William Jones Cup, National Taipei A. Joel Friesen cuts to the hoop and receives a pass from teammate Diego Kapelan. As he goes up to attack the basket, he gets fouled hard by 2 players from the Taipei A team and goes down with the opponent falling on top of his head.

After a minute on the ground, Joel gets up and checks himself out of the game to receive medical attention.

Despite wanting to finish the game, Joel had to be taken to the nearest hospital where he received 15 stitches to close up the huge gash above his right eye.

After sitting out a game, Joel returned to the starting lineup and helped lead 3D Global Sports Canada to the William Jones Cup, which is one of the most historic and prestigious basketball tournaments in the world. The last time Canada won the Jones Cup was back in 1996 with the National Team. Joel Friesen's leadership, poise and experience were absolutely instrumental in helping Canada win the 39th William Jones Cup and make history.

Kyle Julius, Head Coach of 3D Canada Jones Cup and NBL-Canada 2016-17 Championship teams:

"He is easily one of the best 2 way players in Canada. He is a winner and a total beast. He is a special player with a lion heart, super skilled and as tough as they come. Joel can be a major asset to any championship run in any league anywhere in the world."

The 3D Global Sports program has played with and against many tough players across the globe. Joel Friesen is definitely one of the toughest players to ever suit up in the 3D uniform. Thank you Joel for your hard work and performance!

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