Anyone who loves basketball and is looking forward to sunny days will want to mark this date on their calendars: May 26th.
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this is the first game Montreal Alliance In its second season as the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL), has announced its new schedule.
But fans will notice some changes.
The CEBL will now operate under a two-conference system similar to the way the NBA operates.
“The CEBL is a Canadian basketball mainstay, and we look forward to its milestone fifth season with a new conference model of play and an exciting postseason format,” said Mike Morelle, commissioner and co-founder of the CEBL.
The league’s 10 teams are now divided into Eastern and Western conferences.
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The Montreal Brampton Honey Badgers – the defending champions – will be part of the Eastern Conference along with the Niagara River Lions, Ottawa Blackjacks and Scarborough Shooting Stars.
Montreal would face those teams three times in the regular season. They would also face off against Western Conference teams once.
The winner of each conference would have a shot at the title.
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Joel Anthony, general manager of the Montreal Alliance, says the new format will be better for the players as it will make travel easier but it will also be good for the fans and the game.
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“In terms of competition I think where the fans will [sic] see a team more often,” Anthony said at a packed event at the Montreal Casino for season ticket holders. “Now we have a great opportunity to develop a rivalry, this type of competition is something that a lot of fans will be able to join in and we’re really excited about this change of format.”
The Alliance’s first game will be against the Niagara River Lions on May 26 at the Verdun Auditorium in Montreal.
Anthony says they are working on putting the team roster together, they are in talks with the players and he says fans can expect a great season this year with lots of surprises.
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