WATERVILLE, ME --- The Thomas College men's basketball team will host the Charlie Ryan Classic Friday-Saturday, November 18-19 at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium on the campus of Thomas College.
The host Terriers will welcome the University of Maine at Farmington, the University of New England, and Wheelock College to Waterville for the four-team classic. Thomas and UNE will kick off the weekend at 5 p.m. Friday with UMF and Wheelock to follow at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Thomas and Wheelock will tip off at 1 p.m. followed by UNE and UMF at 3 p.m.
Admission is $2 each day with children under 10 being admitted free. Donations are greatly welcomed. All proceeds go to the Charles P. Ryan Memorial Scholarship Fund.
About the Teams
Thomas (1-0) opened up the 2016-17 season with an 80-75 victory in a non-conference matchup against Nichols at home on Tuesday. The Terriers were led by Carlos Gonzalez's double-double on a game-high 19 points and 12 boards. Tyheem Simon and Willie Grant each chipped in with 14 points and combined for 15 rebounds.
UMF (0-0) will begin their season on Friday at the Charlie Ryan Classic, as they take on Wheelock. In the annual preseason poll, the Beavers were selected to finish tenth in the North Atlantic Conference. The Beavers will return three veteran players: Ryan Camire, Ryan Rice, and Eric Berry. Last season, Berry averaged 10.7 points per game while Camire and Rice each averaged over six points per game.
UNE (0-1) dropped their season opener on Tuesday as they fell to the University of Southern Maine, 76-67, in a non-conference matchup. The Nor'easters were led by Jean-Luc Parker with 16 points and four rebounds. In the preseason poll for the Commonwealth Coast Conference, the Nor'easters have been selected to finish seventh.
Wheelock (0-1) opened with a tough 62-61 defeat in their season opener on Tuesday night as they fell to Eastern Nazarene College. The Wildcats used a balanced scoring attack as five players scored over nine points to lead the offense. Wheelock was picked to finish eight in the preseason poll conducted by the New England Collegiate Conference.
About Charlie Ryan '77
Recruited to Thomas in the early 1970s by current University of Maine at Farmington head coach Dick Meader, Charlie played basketball for the Terriers from 1972-1976. He was an NAIA All-American, an all-NAIA District V selection (1972-76) and a three-time all-Northeast College Conference pick. He holds membership in the 400-point (season) and 1,000-point (career) clubs at Thomas and currently ranks 14th on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,298 points.
Charlie graduated from Thomas in 1977 with a degree in Business Teacher Education. In August of 1995, Charlie was inducted into the Thomas College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Charlie's involvement with basketball at Thomas College was only a small part of his life. Throughout his career at Thomas and afterwards, he served as a role model for young basketball players in Maine and New York. He was actively involved with Pine Tree Basketball Camp and other hoops camps around the State of Maine.
Beloved by his family, Charlie left a lasting impression on his friends, classmates, and the youngsters he mentored.