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The inaugural For the Love of the City basketball games, sponsored by Team Power Foundation, drew a packed house in the Fike High gym Sunday afternoon as several dozen former Wilson high school player, many with collegiate experience, came together to relive some past glory and create some new memories — all for a good cause.
An online fundraiser to benefit two needy families in Wilson generated the goal of $2,000 while the monies raised Sunday will go to Team Power Foundation for future endeavors. Team Power was founded by former Greenfield School players Darian Cahill and Jeremy Jeffers.
After a welcome by Wilson Mayor Bruce Rose, as always, the ladies started the action as a combined team of Hunt, Greenfield and Fike alumni played a squad of former Beddingfield players, many of them from the Lady Bruins’ unbeaten state 3-A championship team in 2005-06.
The Lady Bruins, as they did a dozen years ago, rolled to a 59-34 win with Monique Spry and Vielka Givens each scoring 16 points and October Harris netting 10 points.
Former Fike star Tramicka James had 14 points to lead the combined team.
The men’s games featured alumni from Hunt and Beddingfield facing off first while former Fike and Greenfield players went at it next. In the first men’s game, Hunt outlasted Beddingfield 77-71 as James Hinnant put up 17 points for the ex-Warriors. Kaden Lebray, formerly Kason Cheeks, had 12 points and Bobby White scored 10 for Hunt.
The ex-Bruins were led by Deonta Woodard’s 16 points while Dalton Ford scored 13 and Daquan Langston added 10.
In the final game of the day, Greenfield pulled out an 83-82 win against Fike as Sam Hughes pumped in a day-high 23 points for the ex-Knights and Jeremy Jeffers added 17.
As usual, Jeremy Atkinson, who graduated as and still is Fike’s all-time leading scorer, led the Golden Demons with 19 points. R. J. Branch tossed in 17 points while Jonathan Foster had 14 and Jerrel Williams added 10.
Some of the players had collegiate or even professional experience but Sunday’s games were all about having a good time for a good cause.