The Oshawa Power officially signed five new players to the team on September 28. The signing took place at The Travelodge in Oshawa at a press conference.
The National Basketball League of Canada’s (NBL) team consists of Morgan Lewis, Tut Ruach, Antwi Atuahene, Paul Blake and Aaron Perry.
Lewis, a 6’5” shooting guard, was selected as the number one pick in the inaugural draft for Oshawa Power on August 21. He is from Painesville, Ohio and attended University of Findley. Lewis is also coming off two professional seasons overseas.
Ruach is a York University graduate and although he wasn’t picked for the draft in August, he came back with determination in the Power’s showcase on September 10 – 11. The 6’2” combo guard pushed himself through the weekend and earned his spot with the Power.
6’3” guard, Antwi Atuahene a Mississauga native, was named Toronto Star’s Mr. Basketball by the end of his high school career. He went on to play at Arizona State University and has played professionally.
Blake is a Toronto native who played collegiate basketball for Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia. He impressed the Power with his shot ability and energy in the showcase at Durham College.
Perry, a Detroit Michigan native, had very powerful play at the showcase. He showed toughness and defensive abilities to Power management. In 2004 -2005, he played in 28 games for the Hornets.
Drew Ebanks, media and communication of Power basketball is excited for the team to start playing. “We’re going to have athletes that are unbelievable, and the fact that we have Canadian local talent that is going to be a draw,” said Ebanks.
In other NBL news, Porter Airlines and the league are teaming up for the 2011-2012 season. Porter will provide NBL Canada teams and officials with travel discounts for the inaugural 116-game season.
Porter Airlines is also excited to support the NBL and its inaugural teams for the season said Michael Deluce, executive vice president of Porter Airlines.
The seven teams that are in the 2011-2012 season are Oshawa Power, Halifax Rainmen, London Lightning, Moncton Miracles, Quebec Kebs, Saint John Mill Rats and Summerside Storm.
NBL Canada’s preseason starts October 14. London Lightning will travel to Quebec City to challenge the Quebec Kebs. The season opener starts October 29 in Quebec City with the Kebs challenging the Moncton Miracles.
Ebanks seems quite confident about the team and is ready to set the season off with a punch. “I don’t know if people understand the quality of play that we’re going to have,” said Ebanks.
Porter Airlines is an official 4-star airline. It’s also the third largest scheduled carrier based at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The airline strives to offer the best service to their customers.
By Porter Airlines and the NBL collaborating it seems this will be a huge success and it will benefit both corporations.
For more information on the NBL and ticket purchasing visit their website.
Story by Kate Kemp. Photo by Oshawa Power