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ST. CATHARINES, ON – The Niagara River Lions are pleased to announce the re-signing of Canadian, Joe Rocca.
Rocca, a native of Sarnia, will join the River Lions for the second consecutive season, and first under new head coach Joe Raso.
The 6 foot 3 guard, appeared in 7 games for the Niagara River Lions during their final push for playoffs in the 2016-17 season, averaging 5.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 13.6 minutes per game. During his short time with the River Lions he proved to be a solid player both on and off the court.
“Joe brings us an elite shooter who play with a scorer’s mentality,” noted Coach Raso. “In addition, he is a fantastic rebounder for his position and plays the game with edge. We are excited to bring such a high character, competitive and well coached player to the River Lions”.
A one-time U Sports National Champion, Rocca played four seasons at McMaster University before transferring to Carleton University and winning the prized trophy in 2016-17. That season, Rocca shot an impressive 45% at the 3-point line and will look to continue that success with the River Lions.
“I couldn’t be happier to be returning to Niagara and the Niagara Community after my brief stint with them at the end of my Carlton University career last season,” Rocca continued, “Niagara is without a doubt a first-class organization, from ownership to management and have brought in an extremely high level coach in Joe Raso. I am excited for what this season is going to bring so it’s time to get to work!”
The River Lions will tip-off their 2017-18 schedule on November 18th at the Meridian Centre. Season tickets are available for purchase now while single game tickets are set to go on sale October 11th.