Winnipeg Sea Bears Ready to Roar in Canadian Elite Basketball League Season Opener

The Winnipeg Sea Bears, of the Canadian Elite Basketball League, face the Saskatchewan Rattlers on Wednesday evening in Saskatoon. After a successful first season, the Winnipeg team expressed its enthusiasm a few hours before the match.

“I’m very excited to have the chance to play a conference rival in the first game,” said guard Teddy Allen.

He tied the record for points in a CEBL game last year by scoring 42 points in a 98-93 victory over the Scarborough Shooting Stars on June 2.

The 25-year-old Arizona native’s performance earned him the league’s Most Valuable Player award. Teddy Allen finished the year as the league’s second leading scorer, averaging 27.6 points per game and 8 rebounds per game.

We worked, we came here and we made the most of our time [au camp d’entraînement], explains Teddy Allen. It’s time for the lights to come on, it’s time for us to do what we know how to do.

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Teddy Allen returns for a second season with the Winnipeg Sea Bears.

Photo : Radio-Canada / Travis Golby

His teammate, Alex Campbell, expresses similar enthusiasm. As a new member of the team, he says he is impressed by the quality of his new comrades and the speed with which they have formed bonds.

I’m super optimistic about the group we have. We have a good team, thinks the 31-year-old.

The first game of the season will have a special flavor for Alex Campbell who is also coach for a youth team in Saskatoon. He expects to see many familiar faces in the stands Wednesday night.

Lots of enthusiasm

The very first game in Sea Bears history took place on May 27, 2023 against the Bandits, at the Canada Life Center in Winnipeg. The local team won, 90 to 85.

The Sea Bears will return to Winnipeg for their home opener on Friday against the Scarborough Shooting Stars in front of a sold-out crowd.

Head coach Mike Taylor expects the team to put on a show for its fans. He describes the team as having a lot of experience and the desire to improve each other.

I am very excited to see this team grow and develop. For Sea Bears fans, we have a lot to look forward to.

A quote from Mike Taylor

Debutant striker Darius Days is also looking forward to Wednesday’s kickoff and Friday’s big home game, but isn’t sure yet how he feels.

that’s exciting [mais je suis] a little nervous. “It’s my first time in the league,” said the 24-year-old Floridian.

With information from Darren Bernhardt

2024-05-22 21:44:33
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