December 11, 2013, Charlottetown, PEI (ISN) – The UPEI Panther Basketball teams are taking advantage of the holiday break through exhibition play to prepare for a strong start to the second half of the AUS regular season.

With the exam period winding down, both Men’s Basketball Head Coach Tim Kendrick and Women’s Basketball Head Coach Greg Gould are resuming practices to prepare for next week’s exhibition games.

“Our team has been working hard on their fitness for the past 10 days, and the team is now looking forward to returning to the gym to work on their skill development, in preparation for the second half of the schedule,” said Gould.

Coach Kendrick added, “On the men’s side, we are looking to maintain and build on the momentum from our 3-1 finish in the first half of the season. We have some solid exhibition games coming up, and then we can begin our second half AUS schedule at home vs. CBU. It sure would be great to see the Panther Faithful out in full force for all of these games.”

In exhibition play prior to the holidays, the UPEI Women’s Basketball team takes on UPEI alumnae on Thursday, December 19 at 5:30 pm, followed by the UPEI Men’s Basketball game against Holland College at 8:00 pm. Both games will be held at UPEI’s Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre.

Practices will resume on December 27 in preparation for the following holiday exhibition tournaments:

On the Women’s side:

The Dyrick McDermott Tournament at Mount Saint Vincent University (January 3-5):

January 3, 2014

4:00 pm UPEI vs. StFX

9:00 pm MSVU vs. UPEI

January 4, 2014

3:00 pm Lakeland vs. UPEI

January 5, 2014

12:00 pm #1 vs. #2 Championship Game

For tournament information, visit: http://www.msvu.ca/en/home/community/athleticsrecreation/varsityteams/DMI/default.aspx 

On the Men’s Side:

Rodd Shoveller Memorial Basketball Tournament (January 2-4):

January 2, 2014

6:00 pm UPEI vs. StFX

January 3, 2014

8:00 pm Dalhousie vs. UPEI

January 4, 2014

5:00 pm SMU vs. UPEI

For tournament information, visit: http://athletics.dal.ca/dalhousie_tigers/special_events/rod-shoveller-memorial-basketball-tournament.html 

Still looking for gift ideas for your sports fan? UPEI Athletics and Recreation is offering basketball season pass special pricing, AUS women’s basketball championship tickets are now on sale, and the Men’s Basketball team is have a holiday apple sale. For more information, visit or call Panther Central at (902) 566-0368.