March 30 local sports: CEBL drafts four Badgers; Niagara College signing; Canada 2021 Games news
FOUR BADGERS DRAFTED
Four members of the Brock Badgers men’s basketball team were selected in the recent Canadian Elite Basketball League’s U SPORTS draft.
Emmanuel Owootoah was chosen in the first round, fifth overall by the Niagara River Lions. Daniel Cayer was chosen by Niagara with the third pick of the second round. Mitch Saunders (No. 22 pictured above) was picked by the Guelph Nighthawks with the third pick of the third round and Kascius Small-Martin was selected by the River Lions with the fifth pick of the third round.
Owootoah, a 5-foot-11 guard, transferred to Brock from Carleton last year but didn’t play after breaking his foot.
Cayer, a 6-foot-6 forward, averaged 12.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game this past season for the Badgers.
Saunders, a 6-foot-7 forward, just completed his fifth year at Brock. The bench player was known as a team leader.
Small-Martin, a 6-foot-2 guard, averaged 15.7 points, 2.7 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game this season for Brock before getting injured prior to the start of the second half of the season.
KNIGHTS SIGN PROVINCIAL TEAM PLAYER
The Niagara College Knights men’s volleyball team has signed Carter Thurman to play with the team this fall.
The 6-foot-2 setter from Balgonie, Sask., has been a member of the Saskatchewan provincial team the past two summers.
“We’re thrilled to have Carter join the program this coming fall. Carter has experienced a ton of success with both his high school team, the Greenall Griffins, as well as the Regina Volleyball Club,” Niagara head coach Tommy Sloan said. “Carter should be able to jump in and have an immediate impact with our team.”
CANADA GAMES ANNOUNCES PARTNER
The 2021 Canada Games Host Society has announced Production Service Industries Niagara as the official audio-visual and show supplier of the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games.
Production Service Industries Niagara will provide audio, lighting packages, LED screens, drapery, staging, and more to many events across the Niagara Region in the lead up to and during the Games.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have a partner like PSI Niagara help us deliver an unforgettable experience to all our spectators and participants from across the country,” said Steven Katzman, the Games’ chief revenue and marketing officer. “Given that the 2021 Canada Summer Games will be one of the biggest celebrations Niagara has ever seen, we felt it was important for us to bring in a local supplier, like PSI Niagara, which has plenty of event experience on this scale and will maximize this incredible opportunity we have before us to showcase the Niagara Region.”
The company has offices in St. Catharines and Mississauga, PSI has an extensive history of delivering high-level productions at events across Ontario, including the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival.
“We have a team of world-class technicians, and I’m really excited to see them deploy their skills and expertise at all the events that make up the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games,” PSI president Steven Vian said. “The 2021 Games will embody the competitive spirit of the community and feature performances that will be nothing short of inspiring. We look forward to using our expertise to build off that as a means to enhance the fan experience and help promote what Niagara has to offer to a national audience.”