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Photos by Katie Lechner

Top: The men’s basketball team put on a 30-minute display at the Wolstein.

Bottom: The women’s basketball team showcased its hard work.


November 3, 2016

Green & White basketball scrimmages debut teams

Fans filled in the seats to witness the 2016-2017 Cleveland State University men’s and women’s basketball teams for the first time at the Wolstein Center Saturday, Oct. 22.

The women’s team entertained the crowd first. In a 20-minute match-up, the women scored a combined total of more than 90 points, something that head coach, Kate Peterson Abiad noted when talking about the hard work the girls put in to start the season.

“This team, they’ve come in, they’ve worked hard during the summer,” Abiad said. “And now it’s time to put it together in practice. We’re anxious for our first game.”

Abiad also expressed her excitement about the double-headers with the men’s team in the upcoming season and said she hopes fans will come out to watch the games and cheer the teams on.

After the women’s scrimmage, the men’s basketball team took to the floor. This year’s team debuted in a 30-minute scrimmage of play that head coach, Gary Waters described as a learning experience.

“This is just how we would practice, so the things we’re doing is a learning lesson,” Waters said. “We’re moving forward and the more support [the team] has, the more they’ll move forward.”

Waters said he sees big things for the team this year and wants everyone to attend the basketball games to support the team.

“How many people come out in support will make it outstanding to compete every night,” Waters said. “I’m thankful for [the fans] to be here. We’re excited to go out this year, so come out and support us this year; you’re going to see a lot of good things.”


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