Monroe College hosted its third annual Hoops for a Cure event on Jan. 11, as the New Rochelle college opened its gym to some of the top high school basketball teams in the area for a slate of four action-packed games that aimed to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Relief Fund.
The event, which takes place on Monroe’s home court at New Roc City, saw numerous local teams, including Saunders–which co-hosts the event–New Rochelle and Eastchester’s boys and girls team in action for the cause.
Money was raised through the price of admission, raffle tickets and Monroe Mustang souvenir items that were on sale.
“In its three years, this has developed into a real special event,” Monroe Director of Sports Development and Information Gary Axelbank said. Axelbank, along with Saunders’ head coach Anthony Nicodemo, runs the event each year.
“You can tell by the enthusiasm of the crowd, and certainly by the donation of money, that benefits the JDRF,” Axelbank said.
Eastchester’s squads carried the day as both the boys and girls teams came away victorious. The Eagles girls team handled Saunders a 55-22 defeat while the boys knocked off last year’s Class AA champions from New Rochelle 76-62.
The Eagles, now back at full strength, held an eight-point lead at the half and kept applying pressure to down the Huguenots.
Jack Daly led the Eagles with a game-high 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Michael Milo, who missed the beginning of the season with an injury, gave the Eagles a boost, scoring 17 from the floor.
Milo, Daly and Benny Dimirco contributed for eight buckets from behind the arc.
New Rochelle guard Derek Dorn led the Huguenots with 19 points on the afternoon, going 2-for-2 from three-point range.
-Reporting by Mike Smith