Any doubt that Timmins is a basketball town was erased Monday night at the Mac, also known as “Jurassic Park North”.  Hundreds of people gathered to watch game 5 of the NBA final on giant screens, with the Toronto Raptors on the verge of making NBA history by winning

Derek Seguin organized the party at the Mac.

Derek Seguin (Bob McIntyre, MyTimminsNow.com staff)

“The support is unreal,” he told My Timmins Now Dot Com, with an ear-to-ear grin.  Everyone’s coming in, there’s Raptors swag, they’re wearing hats, they’ve got blow-up 6s, they’re wearing their jerseys.  People that say Timmins isn’t a basketball town is clearly wrong.”

The game was projected on two 12-foot by seven-foot screens. We spoke to one woman in the very noisy crowd, and suggested that Timmins is a hockey town, not a basketball town.

“No, I think we’re half and half,” she said, with no hesitation.  “There’s more and more basketball.  Our kids are playing basketball.  It’s just awesome and it’s fun and it’s what Canada’s all about.”

Here’s Bob McIntyre’s interview with Derek Seguin:

A small portion of the crowd at the Mac for Game 5, Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors. (Bob McIntyre, MyTimminsNow.com staff)

Is Timmins a hockey town or a basketball town? As one woman told us at the Mac, “I think we’re half and half.”
(Bob McIntyre, MyTimminsNow.com staff)