WINONA LAKE — Grace College and Warsaw Community High School are teaming up to host a pair of professional basketball games in late February.
The Basketball League (TBL) is a growing minor league basketball, which began in 2018. The Indiana All-Americans of the TBL will face the Sudbury Five of the National Basketball League of Canada. The teams will face off at Grace’s Manahan Orthopedic Capital Center on Thursday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Warsaw’s Tiger Den will also host a TBL (Lebanon Leprechauns) team on Friday, February 25.
The TBL has over 40 teams in the league, scattered across the United States.
“We are thrilled to welcome professional basketball to Grace College. We look forward to partnering with the Basketball League to provide a great experience for fans in our community,” said Grace Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe. “I appreciate all the work done by the Kosciusko Chamber to bring TBL to our community! It should be a great night of basketball at the MOCC.
David Magley and Kent Benson recently spoke about upcoming games at Grace and Warsaw. Magley, the NBL president, was the 1978 Indiana Mr. Basketball who went on to play at the University of Kansas.
“The Basketball League is a high-level competition. We have great athletes who bring an entertaining brand of basketball to the court,” Magley said. “We are thrilled to bring professional basketball to this great community, which we believe is a hotbed of basketball in the state.”
Benson is the market owner of the Indiana All-Americans team. He is an Indiana basketball legend, winning Indiana Mr. Basketball in 1973, leading Indiana University to the last undefeated NCAA championship in 1976, and being selected No. 1 in the NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1977.
“We are excited about the upcoming games in Warsaw and Winona Lake. The Indiana All-Americans have enormous talent and our players have high character as well,” Benson said. “We believe we have put together a team that can compete for the TBL Championship, and we are excited to introduce our team to Grace and Warsaw.”
Tickets for the Feb. 24 game at Grace are on sale online at www.gclancers.com/tickets and will also be available at the door.
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