Story and photos by Kyla Morgan
Oshawa’s newest sports team, the Oshawa Power, powered their way to basketball victory last night against the London Lightning with a close final score of 88-85.
The pre-season game took place at the General Motors Centre on Thursday, Oct. 27 in front of about 1,700 fans who bought tickets starting at $2.
Downtown Oshawa resident Kenny Alexander attended the game with friends to cheer on the local team and do something fun near to home.
“There’s no NBA games on right now, so it’s cool to come talk basketball and watch some talent play,” he said.
The Power, wearing pink socks in support of breast cancer, held the lead for almost the entire game. With seven minutes to go in the fourth period, the game was tied at 73. The crowd began to chant, “Let’s go Power!” When the buzzer sounded ending the fourth and final period, the crowd erupted with cheers and whistles that the home team had won.
The Power’s 6’4” point Guard Tut Ruach was the team’s leading scorer with 22 points and five assists. Morgan Lewis put in 21 points, 7 rebounds and nailed all but one of his four three point shots.
After the game, fans were invited down to court level where the home team players gave their autographs and were available for pictures.
Power’s vice president of communications Drew Ebanks said it’s something they’re planning on doing after every home game.
“We’re just getting started,” he said. “We want to give the fans more than just a game, it’s real entertainment.”
The team will unveil their mascot, outfits for their cheer squad and more give-aways at future home games, he said.
“I had a great time,” said Alexander. “I’m coming back for the next game for sure.”
The Oshawa Powers play their first official home game of the season Thursday, Nov. 3 against the Moncton Miracles. Information on the team and how to buy tickets can be found online at The General Motors Centre and Power Basketball and in person at the Oshawa Centre United Way Kiosk.