Inter-squad game at Westisle Composite High School
SLEMON PARK – Summerside Storm head coach Joe Salerno will have his first chance to evaluate the team’s hopefuls in game situations on Saturday.
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Summerside Storm head coach Joe Salerno intently watches a drill during the team’s training camp in Slemon Park earlier this week.
P.E.I.’s first-ever pro basketball team, which is a member of the fledgling National Basketball League (NBL) of Canada, will play an inter-squad game at Westisle Composite High School.
The opening tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
“It will be a lot of fun, and a lot of guys will get a lot of minutes,” said Salerno. “We are looking for it to be a fun night at Westisle.
“Hopefully, some guys will show me some things on the court.” What exactly will Salerno be looking for?
“Looking for guys who are starting to pick up some more concepts,” answered the 29-year-old head coach from Barre, Vt. “Looking for guys who are able to execute after just working through some stuff over the course of the week.
“We are looking for guys who fit the system, really want to be here and have the work ethic.”
“It will be a lot of fun, and a lot of guys will get a lot of minutes. We are looking for it to be a fun night at Westisle. Hopefully, some guys will show me some things on the court.” Storm head coach Joe Salerno
The Storm opened training camp at the Canada Games Sports Centre in Slemon Park on Monday. The team has 17 players in camp, although power forward Mike Williams is questionable for tonight as he rehabs an ankle injury.
Salerno said earlier this week it is quite possible the inter-squad contest will feature eight players on each team. While there is also a lot at stake for players who are trying to make an impression, Salerno does not want anyone to overdo anything.
“It will be a big deal for a lot of guys who are on the bubble so to speak,” Salerno added. “I think guys who are on that bubble kind of know who they are, so it will be a big night for them.
“Hopefully, guys can come out and perform.”