Ray, Nardi lead White to win in annual intersquad

Leslie Combs

The men’s basketball team let its fans have a sneak peak of what is in store for the 2003-04 season when the ‘Cats squared off against each other in the Blue and White scrimmage Oct. 25 in the Jake Nevin Fieldhouse.

Freshman Mike Nardi placed the standards high for his rookie season from the get-go in the annual inter-squad competition and helped lead the White team to a 46-38 victory over the Blue.

The point guard out of St. Patrick’s in Elizabethtown, N.J. began his tenure in a Wildcat jersey in full force, knocking in 10 of his 15 points in the first half, putting White up 24-15.

The newcomer was aided by sophomore guard Allan Ray, who ended the contest with 15 of his own.

Under the direction of newly named associate head coach Fred Hill, the Blue team mounted an 11-0 run to take the lead in the early minutes of the second half, 26-24. The White squad heeded the wake-up call and senior guard Andreas Bloch led the comeback, leaving the court with 11 points and eight rebounds.

With five minutes left to play White took the lead 35-26 and the Blue team never got within four points, eventually losing the season kick-off scrimmage 46-38.

Coached by assistant coach Brett Gunning, the White squad shot an even 50 percent and went .615 from downtown (8-13).

In its losing effort, the Blue team was led by sophomores guard Randy Foye and forward Curtis Sumpter. Foye finished the morning with 13 points and two assists, while Sumpter tallied 12 points and five rebounds.

Overall the team was .441 in the field and shot .357 from the three-point arch (5-14).

The ‘Cats will suit up for their second exhibition game of the season when they welcome the Hoop Group to the Pavilion Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.