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ST. CATHARINES, ON — It is an exciting day for the Niagara River Lions with the announcement of point guard Sammy Zeglinski being re-signed with the team for the 2016-17 National Basketball League of Canada season. The organization is proud to have the University of Virginia alumnus return for their second year in the NBLC.
The Philadelphia, PA native played a pivotal role on the court during the River Lions inaugural season, averaging 13.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and a team high 36.4 minutes in 38 games, all of which he started. Among the NBLC last season, he ranked second in total assists (306), assists per game (8.053), and ninth in total 3-Pt FG made with 80. In addition, his 4.5 defensive rebounds per game was a tenth-best in the league.
“I’m extremely excited to be heading back to Niagara this upcoming season,” said Zeglinksi. “I am grateful for the opportunity and can’t wait to begin our pursuit of the Championship for the Niagara Region and its passionate, supportive fans”.
“On the court Sammy is the best floor general in the NBLC and is one of the most respected players in the league,” said Head Coach Grâce Lokole. “He was an important piece to bring back because he has the ability to play any style of basketball”.
Zeglinski is entering his third year in the NBLC having played with the Island Storm during the 2014-15 campaign. He has extensive international experience through his time in Europe competing with clubs from Iceland and Austria where his talents made a significant presence. A standout at the University of Virginia, Zeglinski was a key player for the Cavaliers, ranking an all-time fifth in three-pointers completed.
“Sammy’s a terrific, hardworking athlete who has brought so much energy to our games through his professionalism and sheer passion for basketball and we’re glad to have him back” said River Lions President & General Manager, Jeffrey Sotiriou.
Zeglinski is the first athlete to be signed by the River Lions this off-season. The home opening tip-off for the 2016-17 NBLC campaign is expected for late December at the Meridian Centre.