Immediate Release –Sports
October 24, 2016
(13)Sinclair announces the 2016-17 Men’s Basketball Schedule
Dayton, OH – The defending OCCAC regular season champions, Sinclair Community College has announced the 2016-17 Men’s Basketball schedule.
Coming off one of the most successful seasons in Sinclair history (28-3/13-1), the Pride stands ready to make another run at the OCCAC Title. Already this fall, Sinclair was picked to repeat after receiving 5 first place votes from 9 member institutions in the pre-season coaches poll.
Also just released, the NJCAA Division II pre-season men’s basketball poll has Sinclair ranked 13th to start the season.
This year, Sinclair will only play 14 home contests with a number of very challenging road games both non-conference and conference.
The Pride will open the season on the road against an always tough region opponent, Kellogg CC in Battle Creek, MI. The Pride will return home on Wednesday night the 9th of November for a non-conference match-up against Miami Univ-Middletown. This will be a special night as we will raise the 2016 OCCAC Championship Banner to the rafters of Building 8 Arena.
Later on that week, Sinclair will host region XII power St. Clair Co on Veterans Day (November 11th). Sinclair will celebrate Military Appreciation with a host of activities surrounding the men’s and women’s doubleheader. Working with Sinclair Veterans Affairs and Wright Patterson Air Force Base, this annual event celebrates our military and their families.
Addressing the team in the locker room before the game, Colonel Rick Johns. The WPAFB Honor Guard will present the colors before the Men’s game and the National Anthem will be performed by an Airman from the Air Force Band of Flight. The special event of the night with take place at half time of the men’s game as Colonel Rick Johns will bring all the new Air Force recruits onto center court for the swearing in ceremony.
The next two contest will be on the road as the Pride will travel to Philadelphia for two games around a visit to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
Playing in one of the top Junior College Conferences in the nation, the OCCAC (Ohio Community College Athletic Conference) had four out of the eight institutions ranked in the Top 20 last season with Sinclair being ranked as high as #2. The OCCAC stands as one of the toughest Districts to get out of to advance to the NJCAA Division II Sweet 16 National Tournament and this season will be no different.