Sea-Hawks travel for CIS exhibition basketball
(Oct. 16, 2013) The Memorial basketball teams will be on the road for CIS exhibition basketball. The women’s basketball will play three games in the McGill Redbird Classic in Montreal and the men will play a single exhibition game on Thursday against the University of Toronto before competing in Waterloo’s Naismith Classic.
The Memorial women’s basketball team flies off to the Redbird Classic at McGill University in Montreal this weekend. The team will compete in three preseason games in CIS exhibition basketball.
Memorial starts the tournament against the host McGill Martlets on Friday night at 6 p.m. At 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon Memorial will match up against Western and on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. the Sea-Hawks will play their final game against the University of Toronto.
All games will be played at Love Competition Hall.
The opponents over the weekend will give Memorial an opportunity to assess their preparation for the season.
Memorial head coach Doug Partridge is looking forward to the competition. “McGill has been a top ten team for the last three years and should provide a stiff challenge,” he said, “While Western and Toronto are like us and doing some rebuilding, they should serve as a good measuring stick as to where we are as a team.”
This year’s squad features a lot of new faces facing their first CIS competition this weekend.
“With eight rookies in the lineup it will be interesting to see how we handle playing away from home and in a different atmosphere,” he said “Megan Robinson and Kelia Pond (pictured above) have been solid early as our veteran leaders, while new players to look for include Sydney Ezekiel, who has been starting, and Chante Clarke, Brooklyn Wright and Sydney Stewart coming off the bench.”
The Sea-Hawks men’s basketball team will play four games in four days over the weekend as they travel to Ontario to play in a single exhibition game against the University of Toronto before heading to Waterloo to participate in the 46th Annual Naismith Classic.
The opening game of the road trip will be Thursday night at 8:15 p.m. against the University of Toronto. The game will be played at the U of T Mississauga campus.
The next three games will be part of the Naismith Classic hosted by the University of Waterloo. Memorial will tip off the tournament against Laurier 6 p.m. on Friday evening. They will follow that up with a game against the host, Waterloo at 8 p.m. on Saturday. The Sea-Hawks will close out the tournament 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon against the Brock Badgers.
This weekend the Sea-Hawks run into Laurier for the second time in two weeks. The teams met in the Concordia tournament in Montreal, Memorial trailed by just six points at the half, but finished 20 points back at the final buzzer.
Brock and Waterloo finished 8-13 and 6-15 respectively in the OUA West Division last year.
Memorial Head Coach Peter Benoite will have a healthier squad travelling this weekend. Jake Hynes (puctured on right) and Davion Parnsalu return to the lineup and give the team more depth.
Commenting on the return of Hynes and Parnsalu Coach Benoite said, “Jake brings a lot of steadiness to the lineup and we missed him in Montreal. Davion is a first year guard who can stretch defenses and open up the inside game for us.”
These will be the final games the team play before AUS action opens on November 9th at the Field House. Benoite feels it will be an important tune-up to league play.
“I felt that over the three games in Montreal, we learned how to compete, and this tournament will be a good indication if we have solidified that mentality,” he said “[This tournament] is important for us as the more game scenarios we get in, the faster we will improve. Four games in four days against CIS competition is not an easy task. I will be looking for four solid games, competing in each one, and giving ourselves chances to win.”
Contributed by Patrick Quigley