Sea-Hawks basketball teams to play exhibition games this weekend
Fans of Sea-Hawks basketball will get their first look at the 2012-13 Memorial women's and men's basketball teams this weekend at the Field House. The women's team will be hosting the Concordia Stingers in CIS exhibition with a two game series on Friday and Saturday night. Start times are 6 p.m. both nights. The new look men's basketball team will be competing against the stars from yesteryear as a team of alumni competes against the varsity team. Games are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. both nights.
The women's basketball team will host Concordia for a two game set. The matchup between Memorial and Concordia should be fairly even as both teams finished .500 last season. The Sea-Hawks have plenty of new faces to join a solid returning core.
Returning this year for Doug Partridge's Memorial team are Ally Forsey, Grace Fishbein, Sam Kavanagh, Emily Jameson, Kim Devison, Kelia Pond, Megan Robinson, Marika Vanden Elzen, and Rebecca Amo Mensah.
New faces who will see their first action are Sea-Hawks are Sandra Amoah, Katheriine Vanden Elzen, Carolyn Adams, and Nancy Hernandez Basurto.
Coach Partridge expects the weekend series to be a good tune-up for AUS competition. It will give him an opportunity to get all of his players on to the court and see how they respond to the pace of Canadian interuniversity competition.
A player to watch for on Concordia is Kaylah Barrett, a 5'7 guard, who led the Quebec conference in scoring last season with 17.4 points per game.
Concordia competes in the Quebec conference and did not compete against Memorial last season.
Game times are 6 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night at the Field House.
The Memorial men's basketball team will get their first exhibition action against a team of Memorial basketball alumni.
The Sea-Hawks have a good mix of returning talent and new faces. Returning for Coach Peter Benoite are Justin Alliman, Theo Stanoev, Caleb Gould, Ryan Wood, Timo Sargent, D'Avontai Moore, Tyree Haley, and Noel Moffatt.
Supporters of the team will need their roster cards to check out the new players in the lineup. The team will get some added size in the paint. The 2012-13 rookie crop includes Alpha Kishusi, Cory Cooper, Chris Henderson, Bruno Mendonca, Jake Hynes, Keegan MacNeill, and Drake Kinnunen. Henderson is 6'9 while Kinnunen is 6'7.
Coach Benoite is excited about the season. The returning athletes worked hard in the offseason to improve their fitness and individual skills and Coach Benoite feels that this will be evident throughout the season.
The Alumni team will feature a number of familiar faces to basketball fans. A couple of fan favorites from the days of playing in the MUN Gym will suit up. John Devereaux, Mike Woods and Loren Kielly, who graduated in the 1990s will be back on the court this weekend. Jeff Saxby, Evan Constantine, Robbie Hickey, George English, Curtis Power and Colin Power, who all played for Memorial in the 2000s, will also be in the alumni lineup. Recent Sea-Hawks Mark Woodland and Jason Shepherd, who competed last season, will see their first action as alumni.
The game should be an entertaining primer for the Sea-Hawks as they gear up for the 2012-13 season. Game times are Friday and Saturday night at 8pm at the Field House. Tickets are available at the door