Even Team stuns Odd Squad in tightly contested ‘Legends’ matchup
The 4th annual “Legends of Delphi” alumni basketball game was played on Saturday at the Delphi Community High School gym. The first three years the odd year graduates came out on top, but this year the even year grads finally won in a wellplayed game that came down to the wire. The “Odd” Squad led for most of the game until a late rally by the “Even” Team.
The leading scorer, with 18 points, was 1996 grad David Wood, who by most accounts, was the game’s MVP. Travis Curts, a 1998 grad, also poured in 17 points and scored the go ahead bucket to break a 78 all tie with 46 seconds left. That shot gave the Even Team the first lead since the middle of the second quarter. Wood iced the game with two free throws at the five second mark, making the - final score 82-79. The Odds were led by 1989 grads Rocky Alting, with 13 points and Matt Skiles, with 10.
The game featured 34 alumni playing in the annual bragging rights contest. The player representing the earliest graduation date was Lynn Clawson, a 1974 grad. Jim Crist, a former coach from the late 1970s, made the trip from Morocco to witness some of his former players in action. Coach Crist served as an honorary coach for the festivities. The officials, Steve Curtis and Geary Richard, donated their services for the game to the Buddy Bag Outreach.
The even year graduates made it a clean sweep with 1996 grad Joe LePage winning the free throw contest and 1992 grad Ted Yerkes winning the 3-point contest, both first time winners. Yerkes beat a hot 1983 grad, Dave Murray, who made 20 of 25 shots in the first round.
Marc Burton, 1997 grad, began the game singing the National Anthem. This year the band also joined the cheerleaders in providing entertainment and energy for the game. Mark Schock lent his voice as the announcer.
The game was jointly sponsored by the Delphi Rotary Club and the Delphi Oracle Alumni Association with all the proceeds going to improve the community.
After the game, the Alumni Association hosted alumni, friends, family, and fans for refreshments and reunion time in the high school commons.