Oct 22, 2013
Cape Breton hoops fans looking to get an early glimpse of the Cape Breton University Capers men's basketball team will get their chance this weekend.
The CBU squad will make a temporary move to Centre 200 as they host the Capers Fall Classic exhibition basketball tournament. The round-robin event opens Friday and concludes Sunday.
It's the first time since 2010 that the Capers will play at Centre 200. They hosted the Subway AUS Men's Basketball Championship at the arena.
"It's a great opportunity to play in an arena setting," said CBU athletic director John Ryan. "It's a big reason we feel we can grow a national invitational down the road. Many of the visiting
teams would love the opportunity to play in an arena setting. Our championships are usually
held at the Metro Centre and the national championships are always held in an arena as well.
"When visiting teams are looking for exhibition opportunities, this new tournament will move to
the top of the list for that reason."
The Capers will see competition from some familiar court combatants, as well as a pair of new faces. Making the trip will be fellow AUS entrants Acadia Axemen, St. Francis Xavier X-Men
and University of Prince Edward Island Panthers. The Capers bested the Axemen in the final of
last year's AUS championship, while CBU has a long-standing rivalry with St. Francis Xavier
Also competing will be Holland College Hurricanes of Charlottetown, silver medallists at last
season's Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championship, as well as the University of
Maine-Fort Kent Bengals.
"Most years, our exhibitions are all played on the road, so it's nice to have an opportunity to
build a property and a tournament in our backyard that our men's basketball team can compete against the best teams in the country without having to fly," said Ryan. "I know (Capers head coach) Matt Skinn and his staff and players are looking forward to it not only this year, but future years as well."
Play gets underway on Friday at 4 p.m. when Acadia takes on Holland College. The Capers
open play at 8:30 p.m. versus the Bengals.
CBU challenges St. Francis Xavier University on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and conclude play
Sunday at 3:30 p.m. against Acadia.
"I think the people of Cape Breton would love to see those two games in particular just
because the rivalry with StFX and Acadia has really made great strides the last four years in
men's basketball and has developed into one of the best programs in the country," said Ryan.
Tickets for the event are available at the Centre 200 box office, or by visiting tickets.capebreton.ca.