Alumni have b-ball showdown


Tyler Nagy, Staff Writer

The Wayne State College men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted their second annual alumni basketball game on Saturday.

The game features former Wildcat basketball players who venture back to Rice Auditorium to square off against the current Wayne State basketball teams. The event also gives the current teams a chance to play in a game-like situation with real officials before the season gets into full swing.

“I had a blast,” said David Anderson, former Wildcat. “The whole event is a blast and it’s crazy fun to be back in Rice with familiar faces and to see fans that have been supporting the team forever.”

There were 12 total former players on the men’s side and 11 for the women’s team.

Some may think that because it is an alumni game that the games would be a little more on the light-hearted side. However, both the current teams treated it as a real game.

“The old guys still got it,” said Luke Terhark, sophomore guard. “They played a lot better than we figured they would, but it was nice to see our team in action in a real game situation to show us where we need to improve when it comes to our real games.”

The final score of the men’s game was 92-64 in favor of the current team.

Kendall Jacks had 21 points for the young ’Cats while Derrell Williams had 17 and Ty Bauschek added 15 for the alumni team.

The women’s team did not keep statistics but the current team won with a final score of 66-50.

This is the second time the men’s team has held the vent and the first time for the women’s team. Women’s head coach Chris Kielsmeier said that it was long overdue and is something that they will continue within coming years.

The event was capped off with the annual “Meet The ’Cats Night” where fans, friends and family purchased a ticket for a meal. There were also team introductions and a speaker, former WSC basketball player Eric Henderson. Henderson was part of the team from 1996 to 2000.

The men’s first game is Nov. 3 in Fairborn Ohio, against Wright State University and the women’s team travels to Orange, California to play in the CCA tip-off classic on Nov. 3 as well.