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Dinos triumph over Gilas Legends

Dinos triumph over Gilas Legends
Dinos triumph over Gilas Legends

CALGARY – The University of Calgary Men’s Basketball Team Dinos defeated the Gilas Legends 133-65 in front of a passionate crowd of supporters at Outside the hoopsheld Saturday at the Jack Simpson Gym.

In their first taste of competition since the Canada West Playoff Tournament in February, Calgary didn’t need long to shake off the rust. The Dinos opened the game on a 14-0 run, scoring 24 or more points in each quarter en route to the 68-point victory.

Nate Petrone set the tone for the match with a clinical performance beyond the arc. The First Team All-Canadian shot 9 of 11 three-pointers and finished the night with 29 points.

Gary David, a five-time all-star in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), led the Legends with 18 points. Jeffrei Chan and Beau Belga also had solid outings with 14 points each.

Calgary marked the first stop on Gilas’ Legends Canadian tour. The team of current and former PBA professionals enjoyed a strong showing on Saturday, with the city’s Filipino community turning out to cheer on the visitors. The Legends will continue their tour in Regina on Sunday before returning to Alberta for games in Edmonton and Red Deer on July 6-7.

“It was great to see the city come out. Basketball is a big thing in Calgary – if you didn’t know, now you do,” said Dinos forward Aidan Smit“You see the turnout, the fandom, the shirts, the kids. I’m glad we could be the hosts to show how good we have it here. We have a huge Filipino community in Calgary and I’m glad they all Came.”

Saturday’s matchup had extra significance for Aidan Smitwho returned from injury to play his first competitive match in 575 days. It was also his first chance to share the field with his brother Cian Smithwho joined the Dinos last season.

Aidan Smit scored 19 points on his return, while Cian Smith almost equaled his older brother with 16.

“I have so many people to thank: the medical staff, my coaches, my teammates and everyone who came to bring me back to this point. It’s a blessing – I’m grateful – I can’t even put into words how it feels,” he added. Aidan Smit. “Family is the most important thing in life. He has such a bright future and I’m just excited to see where he goes.”

The Dinos will return to training later this summer until their next set of games in the Baha Mar Hoops Summer League – an overseas exhibition tour in the Bahamas – against NCAA schools.

Stay tuned to GoDinos.com for the 2024-25 Canada West men’s basketball schedule to be announced next week and the launch of Dinos season tickets on July 17.

-UC-