4th Annual Scrimmage & Barbecue Recap

The Titan Hoop Club's annual event help to raise some desperately needed funds for the men's basketball team in addition to giving fans a first glimpse of the 2004-05 Titans. Those in attendance -- estimated at well over 100 -- got a chance to see Ralphy "The Sensational" Holmes and Yaphett King lead the way in what should be the beginning of a fast-paced and exciting season.

With the 2004-2005 college basketball season right around the corner, the Cal State Fullerton men's basketball team got a little tune up for the start of the upcoming year.

The team held their 4th annual Blue and White Scrimmage and Barbeque Sunday morning at the Titan Gym, sponsored by the Titan Hoop Club.

The event consisted of an intra- squad scrimmage among the 15 players, followed by a luncheon.

Although it was only a practice game, it turned out to be very competitive, as players are still jockeying for position and playing time.

Head Coach Bob Burton was very pleased with the turnout of the event as he was able to get a good look at his players competing in a game-like environment.

"I thought they played good today, but not great," Burton said. "It shows that will we have to coach more in blocking out, defensive communications and pushing the ball even harder."

The scrimmage consisted of two 20-minute games between the Blue and White teams.

In the first game, the Blue team defeated the White squad 36-35. Forward Yaphett King led the team with 14 points and at one point made three consecutive three-point baskets.

"There are a lot of things I have to work on, but I've been shooting the ball really aggressively," King said of his overall performance.

Sophomore point guard Bobby Brown contributed with 10 points and five assists.

Senior forward Hardy Asprilla chipped in five rebounds and did all the "dirty work."

Shooting guard Jermaine Harper played well defensively, drawing some charges.

Although he had a tough time finding his stroke, he made only one of his nine shots.

"Players make plays," said Assistant Coach Jason Levy, referring to Ralphy Holmes after he broke down his man off dribbled penetration and passed it to a teammate for an open lay-up.

In the second game, both Blue and White teams switched players. The White team defeated the Blue 51-34. The White team had three players scoring in double figures.

Collectively, the squads played hard, but looked confused at times on offense and were a bit hesitant on shooting.

However, Burton said it was great opportunity to get the players in game shape and to build chemistry with one another.

After the game, players and coaches had an opportunity to meet with fans and alumni over lunch.