Spartans prepare for Canadian tour

Spartans prepare for Canadian tour

Manchester University continues to highlight the 100th year of its men's basketball program Saturday, Oct. 18 – Tuesday, Oct. 21, by playing five exhibition games as part of a fall Canadian tour.

"We felt this was a good opportunity to have our players explore a part of North America some of them haven't been able to experience," head coach Brad Nadborne said. "It also gives us a chance to bond on and off the court with some extra practice advantages and game situations which are equally great for us with a strong schedule ahead."

MU will face Redeemer University and Mohawk College, both of Hamilton, Ontario, in a rare two-institution doubleheader Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. to open the excursion. Games follow against Durham College of Oshawa Sunday at 8 p.m.; George Brown College of Toronto Monday at 6 p.m.; and Fanshawe College of London, Ontario, Tuesday at 5 p.m.

"(The tour) advances our efforts to make the 2014-15 season very special," Nadborne admitted. "It all started with (former MU head coach) Steve Alford on campus and inducting two former standouts into the Athletic Hall of Fame, and (the trip) adds another memory. We want (this season) to be remembered for some time with the anniversary we're recognizing."

The Spartans return five of their top six scorers from 2013-14. Junior guard Brady Dolezal (Tipton, Ind.) headlines the list coming off a sophomore slate in which he averaged 16.8 points a game which included a 30-point outing at Bluffton University of Ohio. Other top returners are sophomore guard Blake Brouwer (Elkhart, Ind.), who led the way in three-point shooting last season, hitting on 30 of 81 attempts; junior forward Jarod Schrock (Logansport, Ind.) who blocked a team-leading 25 opponent shot attempts a year ago; and junior forward Matt Brown (Hobart, Ind.) and sophomore guard Chase Casteel (Monrovia, Ind.) who ranked within the top six of scoring averaging better than five points a game apiece.