OTTAWA,ON– In conjunction with Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, Canadian Tire Centre announced that the venue will host the annual Capital Hoops Classic on Friday, Feb. 3.
The event will feature two games – a women’s match up between the Ottawa Gee-Gees and Carleton Ravens at 6 p.m., followed by a men’s contest between the same schools at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and are now on sale.
Ottawa basketball fans will also get to see two budding prep programs as the Capital Hoops Classic will feature local Canada Topflight Academy (CTA) and Rothesay Netherwood of New Brunswick.
Both teams compete in the National Preparatory Association (NPA) and will tip-off at 3:30pm in a regular season contest.
“We are thrilled that we are included in such a prestigious evening and thankful to both universities and the Ottawa Senators for the opportunity to showcase some outstanding HS basketball” commented Tony House, CTA’s Director. “No doubt it will be a great night and specifically for our program as we try and build it out.”
Since its debut in 2007, the Capital Hoops Classic has played host to some of the highest recorded attendance figures in U Sports basketball history.
Last season the Capital Hoops Classic saw one of the highest recorded attendances in U Sports basketball history, when 10,105 fans took in the action.
Damian Gay, Head Coach of Rothesay Netherwood echoes House’s sentiments as RNS returns to Ottawa.
“My boys are very excited to be part of this event. Tony put on a great show at the NPA Eastern Conference Session in November and this will be right up there as well. For some of my guys, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity and one in which we will be more than prepared for.”
Both teams will be showcasing some of the best up and coming basketball prospects in Canada.
Locally, CTA is led by senior wing 6’7 forward Manel Ayol, along with two juniors in 6’5 combo guard Lual Akot and 6’1 point guard Aiden Warnholtz.
Rothesay will counter with one of the top back courts in the country as both 6’1 PG Andrew Milner and 6’4 SG Will Spaulding have had a very impressive start to the season.
“This will be a fantastic opportunity for CTA and RNS to gain experience of playing in a high end arena such as the Canadian Tire Centre, and be a part of such a rich Ottawa basketball tradition,” stated league commissioner Tariq Sbiet.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.ottawasenators.com/CTA and using the promo code “CTA” (use link in google chrome).
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