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Alexander: Opening night for Ontario’s newest team? It’s early

By in Press Enterprise on November 4, 2017

By Jim Alexander

ONTARIO — This will be a work in progress, to be sure.

The Inland Empire’s newest professional franchise opened its season Friday night. The Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario brought the big club’s dance team and mascot (ah, the beloved Chuck the Condor) to The Vault, as well as 14 players from name brand college programs with big league dreams.

Fans? Let’s just say that G League basketball is an acquired taste, and the IE hardly appears ravenous at this point.

Friday night’s debut, a 131-98 loss to the Santa Cruz Warriors, was attended by … oh, maybe a couple thousand, and that’s a generous estimate in an arena with a listed capacity of 10,832 for basketball. No attendance figure was announced, but the upper deck was completely empty and most of the fans who showed up were in the sections on the bench side of the floor.

  • Agua Caliente Clippers team coach Casey Hill speaks to his team during a first half time out Friday night. Opening night for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, the NBA team’s affiliate in the developmental G-League. The Agua Calientes face the Santa Cruz Warriors in their inaugural home game Friday November 3, 2017 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. (Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • The Agua Caliente Clippers played before a sparse crowd on opening night Friday night in Ontario. Opening night for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, the NBA team's affiliate in the developmental G-League. The Agua Calientes face the Santa Cruz Warriors in their inaugural home game Friday November 3, 2017 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. (Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    The Agua Caliente Clippers played before a sparse crowd on opening night Friday night in Ontario. Opening night for the […]    

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