Current SLA Teams Make A Statement In Alumni Game
On Saturday, October 8, the current SLA basketball teams were challenged by the alumni teams in two thrilling games. The girls played first, facing a rather tall alumni squad led by 2007 grad Annie Cunha. After a tough start things began to turn around as Sophomore center/forward Elena Shand came off the bench to spark a large run by the girls. Other members of the girls team stepped up, like Seniors Lucero Castellanos and Esther Owusu and Juniors Deanna Howard and Melodie Kukome. With the combined efforts of the entire team, the girls were able to come away with an impressive 31 to 13 victory.
The guys were inspired to come up with a win after the girls set the standard. However, coming out with a win would not be easy. The massive alumni team would prove to be very challenging opponents. Despite the ominous looking odds, the guys put on quite a show, led by players like Juniors Kofi Omane and Adam Gagnon. Despite the valiant effort by the whole team, the guys were unable to bring home a victory, losing by a close margin, 56 to 62.
Many people were hopeful after the results of the games. “It felt good. It gave me a chance to learn. It gave us a perspective of what our season could be like. It was fun!” said Junior Helio Ferreira.
“It felt good to play basketball again. It gave us a little preview of what our season could be like.” said sophomore Elena Shand.
Obviously, the teams were proud of their results and are looking forward to the upcoming season, thankful for the chance to get a practice game in.