NEW YORK — Here is a look at the latest major happenings surrounding the American Basketball Association.
ABA SUPPORTS OKLAHOMA INDIAN STATE TOURNEY
The ABA has offered its support of The First Annual Oklahoma Men’s and Women’s Indian State Basket ball Tournament to be held March 21st-23rd and takes place in Norman, Oklahoma at the Norman Optimist Club Basketball Facility. Some of the best Native American athletes in the country will be present, each vying for the right to be called the best.
Notable basketball players in attendance will be: Vegas Davis Navajo (University of Tennessee), Mike Chavez Crow (University of Montana) Richard Dionne Sioux (Nebraska Carney) James Benson Mississippi Choctaw (Virginia Commonwealth) and a host of many other talented and athletic Native American basketball players.
Competition will be extremely fierce as basketball teams from Washington State, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, New York, Montana, Utah, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa mix it up with some of the best independent teams in Oklahoma. First place for the Women’s division includes jackets and two thousand dollars ($2,000).
Halftime entertainment will be provided by Native American singers and dancers. Vendorsspecializing in Native American arts and crafts will be on hand as well. Free admission for all scouts and coaches. “We have wanted to have a Native American team in the ABA,” said ABA CEO Joe Newman. “Hopefully this great event will be the first step towards accomplishing that.”
MARCHAND SUITS UP AS RAINMEN 13TH PLAYER
Nova Scotia’s own Brad Marchand suited up for the Halifax Rainmen as the 13th player when the Rainmen faced the Bahamas All-Pro Show Thursday night. Marchand, a 5-foot-9 forward with the Halifax Mooseheads, recently brought home a gold medal from the World Junior Hockey Championships.
“The Mooseheads have been great supporters of our team this season,” said Rainmen owner Andre Levingston. “Marchand is a big part of the Nova Scotia community, and in honoring him we invite the Mooseheads to join the Rainmen family.”
The Halifax Rainmen play their last two regular season home games at the Halifax Metro Centre on Thursday and Friday. Tickets are on sale at Ticket Atlantic or online at www.rainmenbasketball.ca