The inaugural Hoops for a Cure, featuring three games of high school basketball, was hosted by Monroe College, located in the Bronx, N.Y., and Director of Athletics Bert Shillingford at the spanking-new and beautiful Monroe College Athletic Complex in New Rochelle. The triple-header attracted over 1,900 fans, helping to contribute proceeds of over $2,700 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
In the first game of the day, Tuckahoe High School, led by Sky Williams (15 points) and Justin Nolan (14 points, five rebounds), whipped Blind Brook High School 55-26 to remain 8-0 for the season. Afterward, Malik Burts and his MVP performance of 14 points and nine rebounds helped New Rochelle roll to a 63-39 victory over Scarsdale H.S.
In the final game of Hoops for a Cure, Eastchester High School, in an exciting, down-to-the-final-minutes contest, saw the classic’s outstanding performance of the day, as Jack Daly’s 23 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and three steals led his team to a spine-tingling 66-57 win over Saunders High School.
Mike Sullivan from Saunders, in a losing effort, scored 17 points, with a strong performance by teammate Jerrell Benitez, who netted 12 points, pulled down eight rebounds and dished six assists.
As the day wound down, good news came. Monroe College’s women’s lacrosse team reached No. 1 in the country; the school will host the 2012 national championship tournament.