Vale Vince Marino

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Basketball Australia joins with the South Australian basketball community on the sad passing of Vince Marino, former owner of the Adelaide Lightning.

Marino passed away on November 5 after a battle with cancer.

“We are saddened by the passing of Vince Marino who for eight years was a key figure in our WNBL through his ownership of the Adelaide Lightning,” said Anthony Moore, Basketball Australia CEO.

“I had the great pleasure of meeting and talking with Vince at the end of his tenure with the Lightning and his passion and great love for the club and the WNBL was self-evident.

“Vince’s contribution to the WNBL in supporting the Lightning through good times and bad will long be remembered by all of those in the Australian basketball community. We extend our sincere condolences to the Marino family and friends.”

After taking ownership of the Lightning in 2006, Marino returned the oldest club in the WNBL to success with a Championship in 2008, the first in ten years, while Adelaide also made the playoffs in another four seasons.

In remembrance of their previous owner, the Lightning will wear black armbands for their games against Sydney Uni and the University of Canberra this weekend.