Capital Hoops Classic
Thirteenth annual Capital Hoops Classic set for Feb. 1 at Canadian Tire Centre
Ottawa basketball rivals meet in the nation’s capital
OTTAWA – In conjunction with Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, Canadian Tire Centre announced today that the venue will host the annual Capital Hoops Classic on Friday, Feb. 1. The event will feature two games – a women’s matchup between the Carleton Ravens and Ottawa Gee-Gees at 6 p.m., followed by a men’s contest between the same schools at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and will be available on Friday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m.
Since its debut in 2007, the Capital Hoops Classic has played host to some of the highest recorded attendance figures in U SPORTS history. Last year saw the Ravens emerge victorious in both games in front of 8,579 spectators, featuring a 57-41 win in the women’s game and a 67-56 victory for the men.
The Carleton University Ravens women’s team is the defending U SPORTS national champions who are coming off one of the strongest season’s in recent memory. The team concluded the year with a perfect 29-0 record and the first national championship in program history. The Ravens have picked up right where they left off this season with a strong 5-0 start despite the loss of several veteran starters. The team, which is gunning for its third consecutive OUA championship, is led by fourth-year forward Alyssa Cerino who paces the team with 14.4 points-per-game on the season. Building off of a strong second-half to last year’s season, the Gee-Gees women’s basketball team has picked up where they left off and have established themselves as a mainstay near the top of the OUA standings and in the U SPORTS weekly Top 10 rankings. Leading the way for the Gee-Gees this season has been second-year forward Brigitte Lefebvre-Okankwu as the Gatineau, Que. native is averaging 12.3 points and 6.8 rebounds-per-game.
The 2017-18 U SPORTS bronze medal winning Ravens men’s basketball team returns nearly their entire roster from last season and have also been bolstered by the transfer of Isiah Osborne, who joins the Ravens from NCAA Division I University of Texas at El Paso. The team is currently off to a 5-0 start in the regular season and 15-0 overall, having also picked up impressive pre-season wins over NCAA teams Cincinnati, Mississippi and South Dakota State. The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team have been a national contender for the last six seasons and look to continue that trend this year as they have been ranked in each of the first three U SPORTS Top 10 polls this season. The Gee-Gees have been led by early Rookie of the Year contender Guillaume Pépin, who is posting an impressive 16 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in his first season in Garnet and Grey. The Gee-Gees all-around leader is fifth-year guard Brandon Robinson who has continued his steady progression as an elite player in the OUA, currently averaging 14.8 points-per-game this season.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.Ticketmaster.ca, www.canadiantirecentre.com, by phone at 1-877-788-FANS (3267), in person at The Sens Store at Carlingwood Mall, Place d’Orléans and in the ByWard Market or at the Canadian Tire Centre box office. The Canadian Tire Centre box office does not sell tickets in-person on the first day of sales, Ottawa Senators hockey excluded.
Ticketmaster is the only authorized ticket vendor for Canadian Tire Centre events. Tickets purchased through unauthorized ticket vendors are subject to cancellation and purchasers may be denied access to the event. Only those tickets purchased through authorized vendors are guaranteed seating.
Senators season-seat member presale – Starts Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m. and ends Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 5 p.m.
Carleton University and University of Ottawa presales – Start Monday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. and end Thursday, Nov. 22, at 10 p.m.
Canadian Tire Centre insider presales – Start Thursday, Nov. 22, at 10 a.m. and ends Thursday, Nov. 22, at 10 p.m.
Prices include tax, but exclude the Capital Restoration Fee (CRF) and applicable convenience charges. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.Ticketmaster.ca, www.canadiantirecentre.com, by phone at 1-877-788-FANS (3267); in person at The Sens Store at Carlingwood Mall, Place d’Orléans and in the ByWard Market, and at the Canadian Tire Centre box office.