The Edmonton Energy look to get their season off on the right note against the Tacoma Tide. The Energy finished first overall in the regular season, but were ousted in the first round of the playoffs last year and are looking to build on that success. 5 IBL all stars from last season return the Energy line up in Steve Sir, Skouson Harker, Will Funn, Lee Scruggs and JR Patrick, with a 6th from two seasons ago in Rashaun Broadus. Some new additions to the line up hope to help the team take the next step of an IBL championship. Benson Callier, the PBL MVP and Dave Patten, former Big Sky Conference player of the year add scoring, rebounding and defence to an all ready stout Energy roster. The team upgraded its Canadian content as well with the addition of two National Champion University of Saskatchewan Huskies Michael Linklater and Troy Gottselig. The always exciting Andrew Parker will again be with the Energy and has made a splash already shattering a backboard at practice. Look for the Energy to be solid at both ends of the court, push the tempo and be exciting to watch all season long.
The Tacoma Tide already has a few games under their belt this season sporting a 2-4 record. Despite some early season injuries, the Tide has been in every game and will be ready to bring their best against the Energy. The Tide features some of the best talent the IBL has to offer. Six year veteran, Dontay Harris is the IBL's all time leading scorer and following last years’ visit to Edmonton, point guard Antwan Williams has become the Tide's leading scorer and is off to a great start to this season averaging over 18 a game. Along with Harris and Williams, the Tide has two other IBL all-stars Justin Murray and Lorenzo Rollins. 6'10" Center Jajuan Winesberry has been a force for the Tide as well and performed well against the Energy last season and will be looking to duplicate his efforts coming back to Edmonton.
This will be a great match up of two highly skilled, well coached squads looking to set the tone for their seasons.
Players to watch -
Edmonton Energy - Benson Callier – 6’6” Forward, incredible competititor, solid defender and a great scoring touch.
Tacoma Tide – Antwan Williams – 6’3” Guard, Tide’s leading scorer, great quickness has been the Tide’s most consistent player over the last season and a half.