More than 50 alumni and friends were present for the Second Annual Men's Basketball Alumni Event this past weekend. On Saturday, 30 alums laced up their hi-tops and brought their competitive fires to Braun Gym for the alumni versus alumni game that pitted folks from even graduation years against players from odd graduation years.
The game was tight for three quarters until the "Evens" pulled away in the fourth period. Ben Turk '98, who scored more than 1,000 points and hauled in 984 rebounds during his Caltech career, led the way with an easy double-double. George Papa '94, Caltech's career all-time scoring leader, demonstrated his versatility and basketball instincts while Day Ivy '06 and Mike Underhill '08 solidified the backcourt with offensive playmaking. The defensive intensity of Peter Edwards '80 kept his squad focused as it forced the opposition into missed shots. Bryan Hires '08, Dan Kollmorgen '92, Gustavo Olm '06, Brian Porter '86, Dean Reich '06, and Eric Stout '92 supplied minutes and much action for the "Evens" with support from Fred Anson '54, Dick Van Kirk '58, and David Werntz '86.
The "Odds" were led by 1,000 point scorer Jonathan Bird '03 and recent graduate Wei Li '09. Bird showed his strength in the paint while Li went on a mini-run of his own in the second half. The backcourt of Matt Dellatorre '09, Han Bin Man '09, Matt Mayernik '03, and Dave Zito '97 tried to stay close, but perimeter shots did not fall in the second half. Bill Gustafson '87, Travis Haussler '09, Chris Kyriakakis '85, Dennis McCreary '65, Peter Plavchan '01, and Jason Turner '01 all contributed to exciting plays. George Madsen '55, Yang Yang '09, and Ed Zanelli '87 were also present.
The game was followed by a reunion luncheon sponsored by the Caltech Alumni Association. Alumni and friends gathered to eat and share stories with former colleagues and current players. A handful of past Caltech cagers even provided words of encouragement and motivation to the contemporary players in the program that will help pave the groundwork for future ball clubs.
Later in the evening, immediately prior to the tip of the varsity game, Caltech Basketball's 1,000 Point Club was unveiled with a new banner in Braun and an induction ceremony for those particular honorees. Papa (1297 points), Anson (1199), Turk (1176), Haussler (1046), Bird (1036), and Hires (1032) were each introduced and congratulated by the Caltech coaching staff at half court. In addition, Lindsay King '08, the all-time leading scorer from the women's program, was recognized. Josh Moats '97 (1232), Terry Bruns '68 (1154), Jordan Carlson '06 (1020), and Phil Conley '56 (1000), though not in attendance, were also honored.
Next year's alumni event is slated for Saturday, January 29.