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St. John's Edge's 'Superman' to play with Canadian entry in Taiwan tourney

St. John's Edge photo/Jeff Parsons — In this file photo from earlier in the season, St. John’s Edge guard Alex Johnson (right)  moves the ball down the court while being guarded by Maurice Jones of the Windsor Express at Mile One Centre. The Edge take on the Express in Windsor, Ont., tonight and a win would guarantee St. John’s home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
In this file photo from earlier in the season, St. John’s Edge guard Alex Johnson (right) moves the ball down the court while being guarded by Maurice Jones of the Windsor Express at Mile One Centre. — St. John's Edge photo/Jeff Parsons

Alex Johnson competing at R. William Jones Cup later this month

St. John’s Edge guard Alex “Superman” Johnson is will be part of Canada’s 10-man roster that looks to defend the title at the 40th annual R. William Jones Cup tournament in Taipei, Taiwan later this month.
The Jones Cup, named after Renato William Jones, one of the founders of FIBA, basketball’s world governing body, has been played annually in Taiwan since 1977, except for 2003, when the invitational tourney was cancelled because of the SARS epidemic in southeast Asia.
The 30-year-old Johnson was a second-team all-Canadian with the National Basketball League of Canada’s Edge last season, averaging 10 points and 4.9 assists per game, the last being the best on the expansion St. John’s team.
The Canadian entry for the Jones Cup, which will be coached by Chris Oliver of the University of Windsor, doesn’t come under Basketball Canada’s national team programs, but is instead organized by privately-operated 3D Global Sports.
The team will play a nine-game schedule, beginning July 14. Other participants are the national teams of Japan, South Korea, Iran, Iraq, Lithuania, the Philippines and two entries representing the host nation.

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