The ‘next level’ of basketball was on display at St. Mary’s High School in Woodstock Saturday afternoon.
“We’re ecstatic to have this game here,” said Paul Cowan, vice-president of the Oxford Attack Basketball Club as the Toronto Varsity Blues and Guelph Gryphons prepared to begin their OUA pre-season exhibition men’s basketball game.
It was the second time the Attack and Oxford Officials co-hosted a university game in Woodstock. In 2016, Nino De Luca, president of the Oxford Officials Association, had approached the Oxford Attack suggesting a game, which resulted in the same two teams – Toronto and Guelph – coming to Oxford County.
Both teams have coaches with local roots, Cowan noted.
University of Toronto Varsity Blues’ head coach is John Campbell, a WCI grad, and Guelph Gryphons’ head coach Chris O’Rourke graduated from Glendale High School in Tillsonburg.
“This is really good that they’re coming back,” said Cowan, noting Saturday’s game was a ‘one-off,’ and both had played Friday.