Basketball alumni to return for ‘tradition’

By Ryan Kirby
January 31, 2008

The Dixon Center will again host the annual Cabrini men’s basketball alumni game on Saturday, Feb. 2 starting at 10 a.m. Regaining the support for the alumni has been the main priority for the new head coach Greg Herenda as he has done his best to turn the Cavalier program around in many aspects.

“I think it is very important to connect to our alumni with our current team and coaching staff. Cabrini has a great basketball tradition and we should always bring everybody back at least once a year,” Coach Greg Herenda said

The day will start with a warm up for the alumni players followed by their game with the odd graduating years against the evens. After the game their will be food for the alumni and their families. Everyone is welcome to attend both the alumni game and to stick around and watch the Cabrini women at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m., both teams taking on Immaculata University.

“We really want this to be a family event and we also hope that our players have a chance to connect with the alumni. We hope for great fan support this Saturday so that the alumni have a chance to connect with the Cabrini community,” Herenda said.

Coach Herenda is only the fourth to take the helm of the cavaliers since 1974, a program rich with tradition. From 1993 through 2002 the Cabrini College men’s basketball team won eight PAC Championships and went to the NCAA Division III Tournament eight times.

The day will feature up to and possibly over 40 of Cabrini’s alumni basketball players, who are all encouraged to bring their families for the food and for the games later in the day.

The 2008 version of the Cavaliers has a 7-9 overall record with a 4-3 record in the PAC. They are coming off two straight wins over Gwynedd Mercy and Marywood.

“The alumni game should be a time of great enthusiasm and support for the program and we have a lot of positive things happening this year. Randy Reid has scored his 1000th career point and Glen Washington is having a great freshman season. Most importantly though, our team is playing very hard and we are improving on a daily basis,” Herenda said.

“I think it’s important that we prove to the alumni there that we are a good team and really have a great chance this year in the PAC, were much improved from the past couple seasons. It is always great to see the players that you played with in the past,” senior captain Bruce MacLelland said.

MacLelland and the Cavs are looking to improve their fourth place standing in the PAC and take a stranglehold on one of the six playoff spots.

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