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Dill set for pro debut in Buffalo

Bermuda basketball professional Terrence Dill

Bermuda basketball professional Terrence Dill is set to make his debut for the Buffalo Stampede in their Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League season opener against Hudson Valley this weekend.The former Devonshire Dragons forward signed pro-terms for the New York-based team in October and is anxious to hit the court when the Stampede host Valley at the Daemen Arena.“Everything's going well, the team's coming together nicely and we're just working out a few things for the first game,” said 6”7 Dill.“I don't know if the entire squad is set, from what I heard there are one or two more guys to join up but for the most part we are set to go.”The 24-year-old has been training hard at the team's pre-season camp, which runs from 9 p.m. to midnight daily, and is hopeful he will get some game time against Valley although a bout of illness has hindered his preparations.“I'm ready to hit the court, I'm filled with anxiousness but I want to get in there and see what the other teams are bringing to the table,” he said.“I'm expecting a win first and foremost to the start the season off right. I'm hoping we can make a run for the playoffs and maybe a deep run in the post season.“I haven't been doing anything for the past few days as I've been feeling sick, but things will hopefully go well this weekend and we'll get off to a good start.”Stampede's general manager, and former Hall of Famer, Bouie Roosevelt watched Dill in action during a visit to Bermuda last summer and subsequently invited him for a three-day trial.But Dill's chances of impressing were ruined when he turned his ankle forcing him to return home to recover from his injury and weigh up his next move.He attended trials for a team in North Carolina and considered trying his luck in Europe before Stampede came calling again.Tip-off on Saturday is at 8.30 p.m. Eastern Time.