Local recap: Lancers cancel high school men’s basketball tournament again due to COVID-19

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While area high school sports got back to play this week, all is still not back to normal.

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Another example was Tuesday’s announcement by the University of Windsor that the high school invitational men’s basketball tournament will not take place next month. It is the second year in a row that the event has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are very disappointed to cancel this year’s tournament for the second year in a row,” Lancer men’s basketball head coach Chris Cheng said in a statement. “Beyond our committee, there are teams, local and from all over the province, who look forward to our event every year.”

The tournament, which is also a recruiting tool for the men’s program, had run non-stop for 64 years before last year’s cancellation. However, Cheng said plans are already in the works for next year’s event, which is scheduled to take place Dec. 9-11 along with an expanded field to 16 teams.

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“When we return in 2022, this event promises to be special,” Cheng said. “We are going to make up for the loss of the last two years by organizing a great event for all participants and spectators.”

Sbrocca joins Vipers

Goalkeeper Matthew Sbrocca returns to LaSalle Vipers.

A LaSalle native, Sbrocca, 19, started this season with the Oshawa Generals, who made him a seventh-round pick in the 2018 Ontario Hockey League Draft, before being traded to the Barrie Colts, where appeared in seven games.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Sbrocca appeared in 22 games for the Vipers during the 2019-20 season along with five playoff games.

Express Protected List

NBL Canada announced the six players on the Windsor Express protected roster for the upcoming season.

Protected rosters allow a team to retain a player’s rights during this season for a player who participated in the 2019-20 season. Player rights remain until the last day of the season, April 30, but another team can make an offer to an unsigned player and the team protecting that player has 48 hours to match the offer.

The Express protected list includes Canadians Kemy Osse, Marvell White and Mike Allison along with Sam Muldrow, Chris Jones and Isaiah Sykes.

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