Ehor's Elites take title

Apr 12, 2003,

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Age is no factor for some still chasing hoop dreams. Trading street clothes for sweats for noon-hour scraps in the SFU gym is paying off for the players who make up SFU recreation's competitive squad known as Ehor's Elite.

They knocked off a team featuring some former Clan basketball stars, including Jordan Mason, a one-time national scoring leader, in the semester final on March 24. It was the team's third title.

Faculty members Ehor Boyanowsky and Jeff Sugarman, along with finance's Dave Morris, round out the over-40 players on the team (Boyanowsky concedes he is over 50), which also features Ben Bradshaw, geography, and Fred Chin, chemistry, who are over 30, and two 20-something students, Dave Melnychuk and Atiba Nelson.

"Our success comes from stellar team-help defence and uncanny experience," says Boyanowsky, noting that 41 years ago he was averaging 25 points a game for Red Lake district high school in Ontario. The team's name was penned by Morris, team captain and a former Clan star, back when the league was called elite rather than competitive.

The league has been growing in popularity and includes three divisions and 20 teams of students, staff and faculty from all walks of life, who play for fun and fitness. Eight teams make up the competitive division, including the victorious Ehor's Elite. They'll be back at it come May.

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