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Titan Madness Basketball Kickoff a Hit
It's All About the Fans! Titans power forward Shaheed Davis signs an autograph at Titan Madness.
Oct. 10, 2013 - Eastern Florida State College's men's and women's basketball teams kicked off their respective 2013-14 seasons on Thursday night with the fourth annual Titans Madness.
Appearing before a large, enthusiastic crowd in the Melbourne Campus gym the players competed in shooting contests, a 3-point contest, dunk contest and a spirited Blue vs. White game featuring men and women on the floor at the same time.
Men's freshman guard T.J. Cromer from Westover High in Albany, GA, defeated women's freshman guard Jessica Doyle from Heritage High in Palm Bay, FL, in a two-round playoff for the 3-point championship. Cromer had defeated freshman Garrett Woodmansee from Melbourne's Florida Air Academy to win the men's bracket while Doyle defeated classmate Kirsten Colgan of Satellite High in Satellite Beach, FL, to capture the women's bracket.
Forward Julian Adams puts on a show in the dunking contest.
Sophomore Shaheed Davis of Harding (OH) High defeated classmate Julian Adams of Palm Bay, FL Bayside High for the dunk contest title.
The Blue squad won the Blue-White game on a half-court basket at the buzzer by sophomore Jure Gunjina of Zagreb, Croatia who also sank a half-court shot to give his team the victory in the shooting contest.
All in all it was a positive evening.
"It's a great opportunity for the community to come out and see our players for the first time and it's the first introduction for our players to the community," said men's head coach Jeremy Shulman whose 2012-2013 team won the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference title.
Shulman was the conference coach of the year.
"We've been practicing hard, we've been working hard, it's fun night for the players, it's a special night for the program."
Colgan also enjoyed the night.
Dejah Bradshaw, Jessica Doyle and Kiersten Colgan share a light moment at Titan Madness.
"It's fun to bond with the guys and women and know each other better," she said. "It also gets the crowd excited for the season."
Next for the men's team are scrimmages against NCAA Division II teams Barry University at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 in Miami and Palm Beach Atlantic at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 in West Palm Beach.
The men open the regular season against Webber International's junior varsity at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 in Babson Park and play their first home game at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 against Lackawanna College.
The women scrimmage NAIA member Florida Memorial at 2 p.m. Saturday in Miami and participate in the Tallahassee Jamboree on Saturday, Oct. 19. They open their regular season in the Nov. 1-2 Trinity Classic in Jacksonville and then play in the Nov. 7-9 Chipola Classic in Marianna, FL. Their first home game is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 against the Webber International junior varsity.
Admission to Eastern Florida home games is free.