Brock Gen­er­als be­ing saluted

Bad­gers wear­ing throw­back jer­seys to mark 50 years of men’s hockey at univer­sity

The Niagara Falls Review - - SPORTS - Abu Ki­gab who was on the Un­der19 Cana­dian bas­ket­ball team that re­cently won gold in the World Cham­pi­onships that were held in Egypt, is greeted and rec­og­nized at a spe­cial event that was held by the Su­danese com­mu­nity in St. Catharines. The cel­e­bra­tion wa

He has been able to pen­e­trate man and zone de­fences, with­stand pres­sure when the tar­get on the back is as big as the ball.

It goes with­out say­ing that the one-time St. Fran­cis Catholic Sec­ondary School stand­out has re­peat­edly beat the shot clock and, bar­ring in­jury, will con­tinue to do so into the fore­see­able fu­ture in the NCAA with the Ore­gon Ducks and, af­ter that, per­haps in the NBA.

The one thing the 6-foot-7 small for­ward can’t beat is the cal­en­dar, and that’s a bad thing for the na­tive of Su­dan and for hoops fans in St. Catharines, the dual cit­i­zen’s adopted home­town.

Be­cause he was born 58 days too early to be a New Year’s 1999 baby, Ki­gab won’t be el­i­gi­ble to rep­re­sent de­fend­ing world cham­pion Canada at the FIBA un­der-19 men’s Amer­i­cas qual­i­fier next June in St. Catharines.

Ki­gab, a key con­trib­u­tor to Canada’s first-ever cham­pi­onship at the un­der-19 worlds, which were de­cided in Egypt in July, is con­fi­dent he would have made the cut and been able to play in front of his home­town fans at a packed Merid­ian Cen­tre.

“That would be my age group, so I would have been fine,” he said. “I wish I could, I wish I was born two months later.

“Two months would have made the whole dif­fer­ence.”

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When it comes to sell­ing tick­ets for a univer­sity hockey game, a sword dat­ing back to the early 1800s cer­tainly makes the cut

Only 12 hours af­ter com­pli­men­tary stu­dent tick­ets be­came avail­able for the an­nual Steel Blade Clas­sic men’s hockey game at Merid­ian Cen­tre in St. Catharines, a re­quest was made for more to be re­leased af­ter a record 2,541 tick­ets were scooped up.

In­ter­est in Fri­day night’s ex­hi­bi­tion game be­tween the host Brock Bad­gers and the Guelph Gryphons broke the sin­gle-day record of 964 stu­dent tick­ets picked up last year, when the home­com­ing game was first played at the down­town arena.

Nearly 4,000 have now been spo­ken for head­ing into the an­nual down­town Home­com­ing Tail­gate Party and Brock Bad­gers hockey game Fri­day,

“The Home­com­ing Tail­gate Party and the Steel Blade Clas­sic at the Merid­ian Cen­tre last

year was a mas­sive suc­cess,” Neil Lums­den, the univer­sity’s ath­let­ics di­rec­tor, said. “There’s so much ex­cite­ment at Brock about this year’s game that we know it’s go­ing to be even big­ger.

“The Steel Blade is a great ex­am­ple of the mo­men­tum be­ing cre­ated in the com­mu­nity around

Brock Sports show­case events.”

This marks the 19th year for the Steel Blade Clas­sic, now con­tested as a one-game show­down be­tween the Bad­gers and the ri­val Guelph Gryphons.

While the game starts at 7 p.m., the fes­tiv­i­ties kick off with the tail­gate party start­ing at 4 p.m. in the park­ing lot of the Mar­i­lyn I. Walker School of Fine and Per­form­ing Arts, across from Merid­ian Cen­tre. See

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