Over 100 Cabrini College Cavaliers, family,friends and faithful gathered yesterday at the Nerney Fieldhouse in The Dixon Center on the beautiful campus of Cabrini College for the annual Cavalier Alumni Basketball Game. More then 35 former Cavs participated in the game, as Coach Keeley's Blue Squad stormed back for a 68-66 victory over my White Squad.
Current Cavalier coach Greg Herenda welcomed everyone to the game and served as a gracious host all day long. Coach Kelly read a letter from Coach Dzik, who was supervising the festivities as the Peidmont Lions took on Maryville in Demorest, GA. Also missing was one of the original Cavaliers and great Cabrini benefactor, Tom Nerney, who was down with pneumonia. Doctor Romano made a surprise appearance and was warmly received. Doc Girard also made a pre-retirement appearance.
Our thoughts were especially with the Dailey family who lost their son Jeff tragically this year. Jeff was remembered by his former teammates with a special on our alumni game shirts. We're also thinking about former Cabrini great Tim Anderlonis as he ships out to Iraq with his Marine unit. We missed you guys!
Despite the important absences, the game was spirited and played at a good pace, despite several players claiming "colds" and sporting red faces. Cavs came from far and near, and both experience and youth were well-served. Beef and Sticks were standouts in the "plus 40" crowd, while point guards Kris Pittman and Coach Saleem Brown distributed the ball well to the shooters all afternoon.
After the alumni dragged their tired butts to the buffet, Coach Bobbi Morgan's women's version of the Cavaliers pounded the Immaculata College Mighty Macs 69-41. In a well-played game, junior Brittany McLeod led the team with 16 points and 5 rebounds.
The women's game was a harbinger of things to come as Coach Herenda's men's squad came back from an early deficit to stun PAC Conference leader Immaculata, 69-59. Senior leadership was a key to the Cavs' intensity as Randy Reid and Bruce MacClelland both tallied double figures in points and rebounds.
The Cavs faithful made a quick stop at Christopher's on North Wayne before heading to the Official After-Party at J.D. McGillicuddy's in Ardmore. Nearly 200 Blue and White faithful packed the second floor party room, feasting on excellent roast beef, mannicotti and not-so-hot wings. The beer and wine were flowing and I didn't see a sad face all night. Among the party-only people were Jim (I gave you a parking ticket??) Iacavino, Tim Feeney, Jimmy Welde, Tom Egan, Rob Uff and about 100 others.
It was great to see everyone out for both the game and the party. Special thanks go out to Coach John Mack, who ran the show so well. Also to everyone at Cabrini, especially Coaches Herenda and Morgan, who welcomed us back and really "get" what it means to be part of the winning tradition that IS Cabrini Cavalier Basketball. Thanks also to everyone, especially superfan Paul "WolfPAC" Engle, who tolerated my very excited son John who really loved everyone's welcome to the Cavalier family.
Photos from the game are up HERE. Enjoy!