The 2011 alumni basketball champs are from left, standing: Raphael Allen, Kevin Sikes-Gilbert, Matt Rowe, Ryan Phillips, Tyler Fox, Isaac Haller, and Devone Freeman; sitting: SJ Scott, Ryan Newsome, Kody McDonald and Ian Wimberly.
Once again, the Yellow Springs Alumni Basketball Tournament did not disappoint with the final two games going into overtime. The semi-final between the classes of ’92 and Before versus ’02–’03 had a match up that went back and forth with no team gaining a clear edge. The returning champs from last year were no match for the veterans, even though for ’02–’03 Paul Hull hit four 3-pointers for 12 points, Brent Robinson had 13, John Cowen had 15, and Matt Wallace lead the way with 16 points. Two of the younger players fouled out as the vets took control of the game in overtime with Brad Newsome leading the way with 25 points, Cary Cordell with 20 and Jason Shea with 13.
In the second game, ’92 and Before didn’t have enough stamina to match the class of ’09–’11. This game had the vets take an early lead, only to see it fade away thanks to the play of Ryan Newsome who led the recent graduates with 24 points and six 3-pointers. The class of ’09–’11 outlasted the vets to take the win. The class of ’92 and Before was led by Cary Cordell with 23 points.