09:46 AM

First regular season varsity basketball games tonight in the new David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre

What promises to be an entertaining season of basketball gets under way Wednesday (Oct. 23) as both of Mohawk's teams have their regular season OCAA openers against the Redeemer Royals at the new David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre.

The women's game is first up at 6 p.m..

After a fine pre-season, which included the championship in the Georgian Invitational Tournament in Barrie, Mountaineers' head coach Kevin Duffy said his team is very excited about playing a meaningful game in the new building.

"The team has made a lot of improvements in the pre-season," said Duffy. "We still have a lot to work on, but I am happy with the progress we have made at this point. We know Redeemer will come in playing hard and looking to spoil our big night, so we need to bring lots of energy and focus on our execution."

Meanwhile, the Mohawk men served notice they'll be tough to beat this campaign. Their 10-0 pre-season included a tourney title at St. Lawrence College in Kingston and a first ever victory over the McMaster Marauders.

Mohawk head coach Brian Jonker noted his team is big and experienced but without a true point guard. "I envisioned us having issues getting the ball to 'our bigs' and possibly having trouble scoring this year. In the pre-season that hasn't been a problem as we have averaged 95 points per game," said Jonker. "Our issue has been stopping people from scoring. We have given up 73 points a game and we would like that to be in the lower 60's. The good news is, that will be easier to fix. We look forward to continued improvement and think we have the chance to contend for a National Championship."

Coach Jonker said the Mountaineers want to sustain what they have built over the last few years and continue to be a contender on a yearly basis.

The Mohawk and Redeemer men get under way at 8 p.m..