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2018-01-09 / Sports

Sidney Basketball Alumni Get Back on the Court


MVP OF GAME — Dylan Umbra was named the most valuable player in the SABA game, and here, received this clear etched “block” trophy from Greg Davie, the SABA founder. 
Contributed Photo MVP OF GAME — Dylan Umbra was named the most valuable player in the SABA game, and here, received this clear etched “block” trophy from Greg Davie, the SABA founder. Contributed Photo SIDNEY — The 26th anniversary of the Sidney Alumni Basketball Association (SABA) was held on Dec. 22 at the school’s gymnasium. There were two games, which helped to generate money for a yearly $300 scholarship to a graduating senior who was dedicated to Warriors basketball.

In between the games SABA founder Greg Davie surprised the current boys’ basketball coach, Mike Brazee, with a personalized plaque in honor of his coaching career, which includes two New York State titles and 400 victories.

The first game, the “Old-timers/

Lady Warriors” contest was a short one, with several alumni waiting for the next game agreeing to fill spots for a five-on-five contest. “Team Maroon” defeated “Team White,” 47-40. Davie especially thanked John Elwood of the class of 1974 and perennial “Lady Warriors” Shane Eaton Armstrong and Melissa Holowacz Rowe for their participation.


COACH IS HONORED — Current Sidney varsity boys’ basketball coach Mike Brazee receives a plaque in honor of his career, which has included two state championships and more than 400 victories. Making the presentation was Greg Davie, who founded the Sidney Alumni Basketball Association 26 years ago. 
Contributed Photo COACH IS HONORED — Current Sidney varsity boys’ basketball coach Mike Brazee receives a plaque in honor of his career, which has included two state championships and more than 400 victories. Making the presentation was Greg Davie, who founded the Sidney Alumni Basketball Association 26 years ago. Contributed Photo “It was essentially the same rosters as last year,” he noted. Team Finnegan (coached by JV Coach Bob Finnegan) had played from 2002-2011, and the Team Brazee had played from 2012-2017. Team Finnegan had a 46-31 lead at halftime, and Team Brazee, battled back, but lost by an 88-80 count.

For the older group, Dylan Umbra scored 25 points and was named as the MVP, Ricky Dorsey had 24, Quinn Dorsey 12 and Billy Kozak 22. Damian Zimmer was high for the younger group with 15 points, Kyle Smith 14, Hunter Sowersby 13 and Kyle McMillan 10.


1,000-POINT ALUMNI — Two of the three Sidney basketball players who scored more than 1,000 points in their Warrior careers were recognized at the SABA program. At left is Dylan Umbra, a 2011 graduate, and at right is Eric Miley, a 2000 graduate. 
Contributed Photo 1,000-POINT ALUMNI — Two of the three Sidney basketball players who scored more than 1,000 points in their Warrior careers were recognized at the SABA program. At left is Dylan Umbra, a 2011 graduate, and at right is Eric Miley, a 2000 graduate. Contributed Photo A “Santa” hat was passed, and was filled with $155.91, a good start for the scholarship. Davie also thanked Jacqui Green as a “Lady Warrior MVP” for her stellar photography.

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