Mountaineers tip-off new basketball season

mountaineersThe Ontario Colleges Athletic Association basketball season is set to start tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 19) as the Mohawk men’s and women’s teams meet the Fanshawe Falcons from London.

The women hit the court first under new head coach Kevin Duffy, who said his players are very excited about the start of the new season and have been working quite well in practice.

“We know we are in for a real tough test, as Fanshawe is always one of the most competitive teams in the league and we expect nothing less from them,” said Duffy. “As for our team, we are counting on veterans like Morgan Taylor, Casey Boggs, Tara Henschel and Keenan Vernon to be solid for us both on and off the court.

“Their leadership and role modelling will take us a long way this year. With that said, rookies Rachelle Abella, Joanna Brown, Kimithy Stilwell and Kayla Michalsen are going to bring tons of energy and desire to our team and will serve as a strong buffer for our vets.”

Duffy added that hopefully with a strong effort the Mountaineers can start getting some momentum that they can carry for the rest of the season. The game tips off at 6 p.m.

Two hours later, the much awaited men’s hoop season gets underway. Again, the Mountaineers are all excited about the 2010/11 campaign and for good reason.

“We will probably have the oldest starting line-up in Canadian college basketball,” opined head coach Brian Jonker. “We have the experience of four, fourth year players in Tyrone Berry, Aminu Bello, Nick Fadayel and Mike Soluk as well as a fifth year man, Jermaine De Costa. (Bello and De Costa are both transfers from McMaster University.)

“To compliment the experience we have some strong first year players in Jermaine Barr, Taylor Dowhaniuk and Jaque Kalon. “We also have key returners Tanner Lane, Alex Reis and Travin Cain, making us a very deep team. It is a hardworking, versatile and intelligent group and we have high aspirations for this season.”