Golden Bears bring preseason hoops to city

The Dawg House is about to turn into the Bears’ Den for a night.

Bellerose Composite High School in St. Albert will play host to a preseason Canadian Interuniversity Sport basketball matchup on Friday as the University of Alberta Golden Bears host the Mount Royal University Cougars of Calgary at 7 p.m.

There is no admission cost, but the St. Albert SLAM Basketball Club will be on hand to collect donations for their community basketball programs.

“Our organization is very excited to be able to showcase university basketball to the community of St. Albert,” said SLAM president Gerry Salcedo in a press release. “Over the past few years, we have had a number of our players train with the Golden Bears Academy and play on their club teams. We are honoured that they would ask our club to host this preseason game.”

The Golden Bears are coming off a 2011-2012 season where they finished the regular season with a 14-6 record and won the Canada West conference championship. They lost the CIS championship final 86-67 to Carleton University in March in Halifax.

“This is important to Golden Bears basketball because it is a chance for us to get out into the communities that support us and give something back,” said Golden Bears head coach Barnaby Craddock in a press release. “All of our student-athletes were minor basketball athletes at one point, so we are happy to be supporting an association like St. Albert SLAM Basketball as it is a great chance for us to help raise some money, and it’s a great opportunity for all SLAM athletes to see high-level basketball right in their own backyard.”

Paul Kane High School grad Nick Maglisceau is entering his first year as an assistant coach with the Golden Bears after spending nine years playing basketball professionally in Spain.

The Golden Bears open their CIS regular season with two games against the Brandon Bobcats on Nov. 2 and 3 at the Saville Community Sports Centre. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. both nights.

— GLENN COOK, St. Albert Leader