Inside the Calgary Surge’s Inaugural Basketball Game

Calgary’s new professional basketball team took on the Edmonton Stingers in the first game of its inaugural season. Here’s a look at what to expect if you go to a game this summer.

Photograph by Chris Landry.

The Calgary Surge is Calgary’s new professional basketball team and part of the Canadian Elite Basketball League, one of the biggest basketball spectacles in the country.

In a Battle of Alberta on May 27, 2023, the Calgary Surge clinched an incredible 74-70 victory over the Edmonton Stingers in the first game of its inaugural season. By the end of the game, it was clear that fans were loving their new team and ready to follow them through the season. The two Alberta teams also played against each other on May 28, with the Surge once again overtaking Edmonton in a record-breaking 82-81 comeback.

Fans can catch all of the Surge home games at the Winsport Event Centre, with the next home game on June 9 against the Ottawa Blackjacks. Single-game tickets and pro-rated season memberships are still available, and all games will be live-streamed on CEBL+.

Here are some of the highlights from the Surge’s inaugural game.

Simi Shittu makes his first entrance into Calgary. Photograph by Chris Landry.
Photograph by Chris Landry.
Simi Shittu (11) and Admon Gilder (6) defend the basket. Photograph by Chris Landry.
The player of the game, Sean Miller-Moore, drives to the basket. Photograph by Chris Landry.
Mason Bourcier defends against an Edmonton Stingers player. Photograph by Chris Landry.
Head coach Nelson Terroba. Photograph by Chris Landry.
Photograph by Chris Landry.
Photograph by Chris Landry.
Photograph by Chris Landry.
Maurice Calloo wears a huge smile as the crowd cheers him on a breakaway to the net. Photograph by Chris Landry.
Photograph by Chris Landry.
Stefan Smith scores the game-winning point on a free throw, making the crowd go wild. Photograph by Chris Landry.
Sean Miller-Moore, player of the game, in an interview after the game. Photograph by Chris Landry.

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