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Austin Toros Home Openers

Toros call the Cedar Park Center home

Squeaky Johnson
"Squeaky" Johnson (Courtesy of John Sommer)

For those unfamiliar, the Austin Toros play in the West Conference of the NBA D-League and are affiliated with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs. This season marks their sixth year of existence and their first as full-time residents of the Cedar Park Center. While I don't really enjoy trekking out to Cedar Park, I am a big fan of the CPC. Opened in September 2009, it plays host to the American Hockey League's Texas Stars as well as performances from Tool, Wilco, and more recently, Austin's own Ghostland Observatory (see "The Man With Two Brains," Music, Oct. 22). It's a top-notch facility with nary a bad seat in the house. The Toros started their season on the road, splitting two games with the Maine Red Claws, and they get their home campaign under way this weekend with the first 1,000 fans through the gates on Saturday receiving free cowbells. Keep an eye on Toros guard Carldell "Squeaky" Johnson, who not only has the best hair on the team, but also is second in scoring (15) and leads in assists (3.5) through their first two. Vs. Rio Grande Valley: Sat., Nov. 27, noon; Sun., Nov. 28, 5pm. Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park, 512/600-5000. $5-100. www.austintoros.com.

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