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Tulsa Titans make home debut
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — The Tulsa Titans, a semi-professional basketball team from the American Basketball Association, will make their home debut Nov. 5 at the Mvskoke Dome in Okmulgee.
“It’s going to be a great time bringing this to our Native people here at the Dome,” head coach Galen Springer, a former assistant at Haskell Indian Nations University said. “We really appreciate the Creek Nation for allowing us to host the game here.”
According to Muscogee (Creek) Nation Recreation Manager Rojer Johnson, the Titans reached out to the Tourism and Recreation Department office to lease the facility for the opening game and have reserved dates for possible future games.
Aside from being held at the Mvskoke Dome and in the MCN capital city of Okmulgee, the Titan roster will include plenty of Native presence also.
Springer, of course, has spent most of his life around basketball at independent Native tournaments and at Haskell Indian Nations University, and there are several players that many in the Native community may recognize. Guys like former Tahlequah-Sequoyah High School and HINU standout Randy July and Muscogee (Creek) citizen Justin Daney.
“We’re very excited to be playing in the Dome, and can’t wait to see this place with all the crowd and filled up,” said Daney.
The team also includes Ebi Ere, a star guard on the University of Oklahoma’s Final Four team in 2001, who recently competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics for Nigeria.
The Titans are in the Great Plains Division and the schedule will include games against teams from Colorado, Kansas City, St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Salina and Topeka.
The Titans will tip off at 2 p.m. Nov. 5, at the Mvskoke Dome against the Oklahoma City Outlaws. Admission is $5, with free admission for children ages five and under.