Saturday night's alright for basketball

Delino Dear dunks vs ICU.

The UT Rockets men's basketball team is off to their best start in eight seasons after an 82-67 home win over Illinois-Chicago on Saturday night. Sophomore Rian Pearson led all scorers with 27 points.

Opening weekend of girls high school hoops continued. At Owens, Caitie Craft and Liberty-Benton defeated Start 55-43, while Rogers fell to Hathaway Brown 60-43.

At St. John's, the Titans took on Romulus in an exhibition game that was bigger than the actual game on the court. The night benefited the Gretchen Gotthart Skeldon Fund, an oranization started by Phil Skeldon, the late-Gretchen's husband.

Gretchen passed away from breast cancer in 2010 and since then Phil has teamed up with St. John's boys basketball head coach Ed Heintschel, who's wife also died from the disease in 2004.

Over the last year and a half, the fund has raised close to $50,000. That money has been given to charities that deal with women's cancer issues as well as charities geared towards helping terminally ill children and those with special needs.

The Skeldons' have a daughter with special needs and Gretchen also worked with the Make-A-Wish foundation. Mr. Skeldon enjoys working with the Titan basketball program and hopes the relationship continues well into the future.

"It's wonderful and It's...a tribute to my wife, it's a tribute to Ed Heintschel's wife and it's a tribute to what this foundation has been able to do over the last two years and, hopefully, will be able to continue to do over the next so many years," Skeldon said.