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PREVIEW: MBASK tips off new season Saturday
Game Date & Time: Saturday, November 5 – 8:00 p.m.
Game Location: Laurier Athletic Complex Gym, Waterloo
Live Webcast & Radio Coverage: OUA.tv, Radio Laurier
Tickets: vs. Ryerson

THE LOW DOWN
With a new coach in JUSTIN SERRESSE and six rookies on the roster to open the campaign, the Laurier Golden Hawks’ men’s basketball team is focused and ready to start what will be a new era on Saturday night against the reigning OUA Champion Ryerson Rams. 

The youthful squad won’t have any time to test the waters in the opener however, as the Rams have proven themselves to be a perennial contender in the OUA. This year looks to be no different as Ryerson opens the season at No. 10 in the U Sports national rankings. The Hawks will have their home fans behind them though, and there would be no better way for Laurier to put the OUA on notice than by knocking off the champions to open the season.

PRE-SEASON WRAP
With a much different complexion than the team that hit the floor last season, the pre-season was perhaps even more important this year for the Hawks compared to years prior. October saw the Hawks tour the country, with non-conference tournaments in North Bay, Manitoba, and British Columbia. These early season tune-ups saw the Hawks play like a young team, with some highs but more lows, finishing with a 4-6 record to end pre-season play.

Promising signs for Laurier were firstly the strong impressions made by the rookies, making their transitions look easy. Secondly was the balanced scoring that the Hawks consistently received up and down their lineup from both veterans and younger players alike. It was common to see several Hawks hit double-figures in scoring in each game. Both signs look very good heading into the regular season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (0-0)

G Tevaun Kokko (Newmarket, Ont.)
-    The most consistent rookie performer for the Hawks in non-conference play, Kokko looks to establish himself early this season as a key contributor for Laurier for years to come
-    Flashed star potential in an Oct. 8 game at Winnipeg, finishing with a very impressive double-double of 25 points and 10 assists

F Matt Chesson (Whitby, Ont.)
-    Heading into his fifth and final season as a Hawk, Chesson will play a valuable role as elder-statesmen on a young team and his ability to communicate and lead the team will be crucial especially early in the season
-    Will look to build on a strong 2015-2016 season in which he averaged 13 points and five rebounds per game

No. 10 Ryerson Rams (0-0)

G Adika Peter-McNeilly (Scarborough, Ont.)
-    Returns following an excellent 2015-2016 season where he played a key role in the Rams winning the OUA Championship
-    Was a 2016 OUA First Team All-Star and a 2016 CIS National Championship All-Star
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