BRONX, NY - The Johnny Bach Classic gave the opportunity to honor the memory of an outstanding coach.
The three-day event held at Fordham’s historic Rose Hill Gymnasium also provided another opportunity. To the four teams involved, it was a chance to compete and learn a little more about themselves, take a good look at what is working, aspects of their game needing improvement and the like.
Host Fordham swept to the title with a perfect 3-0 record. Regardless, you can be assured coach Jeff Neubauer, while happy in winning, has several details to address next practice.
Saint Peter’s and FDU took the next two places. Lipscomb of the Atlantic Sun came up empty in the win column. You could also be sure the experience was a positive learning one for the Bison.
The college game today starts a lot earlier than years past. By Thanksgiving, some teams have as many games in the book at they once had by the start of the new year. Practice time is at a premium these days, so an event as this serves as a great competitive and learning experience for each participant.
The Fordham campus and its storied gym proved a fitting location for this event. On the final day, a Sunday, the calendar told us it was fall. The ominous gray sky and chill hinted of winter, a time when the season heats up in full force. Each of the teams hope lessons learned here will serve them well during that timeframe.
The Fordham campus, seen from outside Rose Hill Gym:
FDU coach Greg Herenda studies in-game action as his Knights take on Saint Peter's:
The scoreboard reminds us of the day's first matchup:
FDU's Darian Anderson sets up the offense against Saint Peter's defense:
Fordham cheerleaders urge the Ram faithful to make some noise for the home team:
Fordham coach Jeff Neubauer in deep thought on the bench:
Fordham on the attack against Lipscomb:
A baseline view of historic Rose Hill Gym: