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Bulldogs Celebrate Start Of Season At Blue Madness

Blake Reynolds and Mary Ann Santucci (Steve Musco photo)
Blake Reynolds and Mary Ann Santucci (Steve Musco photo)

Crowd Enjoys A Fun Night Of Basketball

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – John J. Lee Amphitheater was alive as the Yale men's and women's basketball teams kicked off what should be a very exciting 2017-18 seasons with Blue Madness on Thursday night.

"I promise you we will have an exciting brand of basketball," said Allison Guth, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the women's team told the crowd.

That was certainly on display. The event included a three-point shooting contest – won by Blake Reynolds of the men's team – two, eight-minute scrimmages and introductions of the two rosters.

James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the men's team, also addressed the crowd and thanked them for their support of the Bulldogs.

One of the highlights was the dunk contest won for the second straight year by junior Trey Phills with the help of his partner Austin Williams. Jordan Bruner, Noah Yates and Jameel Alausa also brought the crowd to its feet.

"This is a night to enjoy basketball," said Phills.

"It's an opportunity to show the fans our identity," added Bruner.

The big crowd was also treated to performances from Blue Steel Drumline, the Yale cheerleaders and the Alpha Phi Alpha dance team.

Both teams begin the season on Nov. 10. The women host Long Island at 7 p.m., while the men are at Creighton as part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity