Written by staff writer Jas Grewal
The Battle of the Generations Alumni Games Vol. 3
The third annual ‘Battle of the Generations’ Alumni event took place at Ryerson’s Kerr Hall this past Saturday 6 June, as former G.T.A. high school stars took to the court in a series of entertaining exhibition games – a nostalgic moment for many to say the least.
The Battle of the Generations Alumni Games, in short, is a daylong basketball event paying reverence to those who have helped lay the foundation for the next crop of talent ready to permeate through the high school basketball ranks.
The event, hosted by INCHARGE Sports & Entertainment, lived up to its promise of providing entertaining and competitive basketball, a seemingly prevalent theme throughout the three years that this event has been in full circle.
“It was amazing to have all that talent under one roof. Anytime we can put on a event where the best and brightest of their era can come together to celebrate the success of Canadian basketball from where it’s been to where it is presently is truly satisfying for us at INCHARGE Sports & Entertainment.” said event founder Kareem Griffin.
Five games were highlighted over the course of the day, and each game provided onlookers with a glimpse of the sheer physicality and competitiveness that these former high school players experienced during their early years. From the Eastern Commerce lady saints taking on the G.T.A. All-Stars to Oakwood rehashing old rivalries against St. Mikes in the loosely coined “Battle of St. Clair”, the day was cluttered with hoops, and lots of it.
Many of these players, including Ryerson’s Adika Peter-McNeilly (Mother Teresa alum), who won MVP honours in a loss against a start-studded West Hill team led by Michigan alum Jevohn Shepherd, have set the precedent for local kids aspiring to become basketball players. The precedent, in its entirety, is that kids don’t have to head down south in order to become successful collegiate or pro level players, especially now considering how vastly the level of talent in Canada has evolved over the past decade.
But the true reason for the event, for anyone that was there, was to unite the community through some fun loving basketball, and to pay homage to those who have carved the path for the next generation of players- like Jamaal Magloire, who, interestingly enough, made a cameo during the Eastern Commerce Saints game vs. the Henry Carr Crusaders. He no doubt enjoyed the end result as his alma mater, which closes after this school year, won the game on a layup by his former Saints teammate Collin “Skinny” Charles.
Magloire, like many others, is representative of those pioneers who merit respect and homage for laying the groundwork for the next wave of ballers.
“The purpose of Battle of the Generations has and forever will be connecting the new generation with the old and we are going to continue to grow this event with that mindset. Look out for a bigger and beat Volume 4!” added Griffin.
Game 1 won by the GTA All-Star Women over Eastern Commerce MVP Tashawna Higgins (GTA Women)
Game 2 Runnymede defeated Vaughan MVP Dwayne Smith (Runnymede)
Game 3 Oakwood defeated St. Mike’s MVP Nathaniel Mitchell (Oakwood)
Game 4 West Hill defeated Mother Theresa MVP Adika Peter-McNeilly (Mother Teresa)
Game 5 Eastern Commerce defeated Father Henry Carr MVP Collin “Skinny” Charles (Eastern Commerce)
Written by Jas Grewal
Photos by Kat Roy
Edited by Drew Ebanks