Although it has been a few months since the regular basketball season at Riverbank High School, practice sessions, both boys and girls, have continued on these summer afternoons. But all that had to pause this past weekend for the annual Bruin Alumni Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The two-day, dog-eat-dog event brought a number of teams made up mostly of recent grads and former players, all intent on dislodging the “Old School” champions of the past two years, back to the RHS campus on Friday. The finals Saturday began about 10 a.m. and concluded around 5 p.m.
The traditional match is sponsored by the RHS Alumni Committee, all volunteers, which also runs the snack bar. Proceeds are used for the club’s activities and scholarships. Players on some of the teams are still competing at the college level, while at least one other has played some semi-professional ball, both in the US and abroad.
The teams are made up of graduates from differing eras of RHS basketball history, from young, recent grads to old(er) competitors. The Old School team, made up of alumni and present and past coaches, came into the matches as defending champions, with a two-year winning record.
Unfortunately, it was not to hold, with that group, headed up by Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Jeff Jennings, playing in the consolation game and taking the third place slot in Saturday’s final round.
Battling in the championship game were Mo Show and Fast Break, with the Mo Show team coming out on top and taking home the trophy.