When Chris Terris first came to Penticton in the 1990s, a successful men’s basketball league existed in the South Okanagan.
Only a few years later, it fell apart. On Monday afternoon, however, Terris announced the return of a league, this time in the form of Lake City’s inaugural Men’s Basketball League.
Starting on Jan. 5 at Unisus School in Summerland, the group will offer a brand-new league that will give men the chance to participate in organized basketball games.
“Over the last few years, we’ve had more and more dads of players in our youth programs asking about the possibility of us organizing something for them, so we’ve decided to see if we can get a league going this winter,” said Terris, the director of Lake City Basketball.
Along with wanting to form a new and competitive basketball venture in the South Okanagan, there’s also going to be some star-power supporting the league from day No. 1.
Former Euroleague and Canadian National Team player Spencer McKay will act as the league’s commissioner.
“Spencer will act as a game director during the league, which we hope will help facilitate a positive experience for all involved,” Terris said.
Lake City Basketball says that space is limited to four teams, equating to a maximum of 48 players.
The league’s first session will feature an open scrimmage format on Jan. 5, with players having the option of starting at either 6:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.
And after that, the real fun begins.
Official league games tip off the next week, with teams slated to play 10 weeks of regular-season games including playoff matchups.
Terris has no concern about the number of people that will sign up to participate in a competitive, yet fun basketball format.
“There’s a surprising number of former university, college and high school players in the South Okanagan,” he said. “We expect a pretty high level of play.”
The cost to play in the inaugural edition of the league is $249 plus tax.
For more information about registration, Lake City asks that you visit its men’s league website.