For the first time in team history, the Sudbury Five prepare to open their first double header weekend as they host the Saint John Riptide on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. and the Windsor Express on Sunday for a matinee match-up at 2:05 p.m.
Thursday the Five welcome the Riptide to the Sudbury Arena for the first time this season. The Riptide are looking for their first win with newly acquired forward Walter Pitchford.
Pitchford was traded from the Five earlier this week to the Riptide in exchange for the rights to guard Alex Johnson. Thursday’s game will also represent the first time that the Five take on an opponent from the Atlantic Division.
The Five will be looking to continue their early season success against the struggling Riptide, who have yet to win this season.
The Five hit the court once again on Sunday as they meet the Windsor Express for the fourth time this season. The Five are coming off a big come from behind victory 116-112 at home against the Express this past Saturday.
Dallas native Braylon Rayson led the way for the Five with 28 points, 12 assists and 3 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.
To purchase tickets for either game, visit greatersudbury.ca/tickets or thefive.ca. Tickets are also available in person at the Sudbury Arena Box Office.
The Five were also well represented in week three of the league’s weekly recognition segment. Sagniaw native Jaylen Bland once again took home rookie of the week honours for the league, with North York's Grandy Glaze also being recognized as one of the top Canadians in the league for the third week in a row.
Overall, the Five dropped one spot in the league’s weekly power rankings to third overall.