(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Express has once again partnered with the Windsor Lancers men's basketball team to provide a full day of basketball entertainment. The Lancers will host the Western Mustangs in OUA action prior to the Express tipping off against the Sudbury Five at the season opener on November 17.
"We have always looked for ways to create unique experiences for our student-athletes, and we are grateful for this opportunity provided by the Windsor Express," said Chris Oliver, head coach of the Windsor Lancers. "The WFCU has hosted so many memorable events so we hope our game becomes another one of those."
Dartis Willis, the president and CEO of the Windsor Express, views the event as part of the team's commitment to the area and a continuation of bringing pro-basketball to local fans.
"The Express is excited to start our 7th season and we're especially thrilled to welcome this partnership with the Windsor Lancers," said Willis. "Our fans deserve nothing but the best basketball and that's what we're going to give them."
Willis, Oliver, and Express head coach Bill Jones made the announcement in the Crown Royal Room earlier today.
"We're honoured to have our young men playing before us, and the talent that Coach Oliver has gone out and recruited," said Willis. "Any time there's an opportunity to join forces and bring basketball strongly to Windsor, I know we're all committed."
Oliver echoed the great anticipation ahead of playing at the WFCU Arena.
"For years we've loved any partnership with the Windsor Express. For us I don't think there's been any game more memorable than the game two years ago when we partnered with the Express at the casino," he said. "Wonderful for us and thank you for supporting this event."
Alluding to the long history of cooperation between the Lancers and Express, Jones
"Coach Oliver and the university has sent a ton of players to our league and especially to the Windsor Express," Jones said. "This year we have another one of his players, Marcus Jones, who will be competing for a roster spot. I'm glad for that, I'm glad for the partnership, I'm also glad to embark on our 7th season in the NBL of Canada. We're looking forward to an exciting year."
That year begins this Thursday as training camp opens for the Express. I addition to Marcus Jones, hopefuls attempting to crack the Windsor lineup include veterans Ryan Anderson, Juan Pattillo, Horace Wormely, and Anthony Ottley Jr, draft picks Miroslav Jaksic, a Windsor native, and Daniel Dooley, and scouted player Luke Cochran, as well as others identified during camps conducted over the summer.
The Lancers, meanwhile, have compiled a 1-1 record thus far in the young OUA season. The Western match-up will be their seventh game of the season and comes at the end of a 5-game home stand.
Doors open at the WFCU Arena at 2pm in advance of the 3pm tip-off between the Lancers and Mustangs. Following the game, all youth in attendance will be able to participate in a one hour Skills and Drills Camp with the Lancers from 5pm to 6pm in the community gym at the WFCU Centre.
Tickets for the Lancers are available online from Go Lancers and fans will also be able to purchase half-price tickets for the Express game; $10 for adults and $5 for children at the WFCU box office.
Windsor and Sudbury take the court for a 7pm start to the 2018-19 NBLC season. Doors open at 6pm, but fans holding value-added tickets for the Express game can access the Lancers game free of charge.