Gerald Holmes

Bloomfield College
Bloomfield College

The Bloomfield College Bears basketball team is expected to have another great season, and if last night was any indication, a possible championship one.  The Bears knocked off nationally-ranked St. Anselm 75-67.

Newark native and Bloomfield College senior Safee Abdus-Sabur led the Bears with 29 points.  It was the Bear's defense that locked down the powerful Hawks and kept them under 70 points, a goal for Bloomfield Head Coach Gerald Holmes.  Holmes and his assistant, Gage Daye, have both been SportsJam guests.

Gage Daye
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Gage Daye is still one of the best basketball players in New Jersey and he's involved in three summer leagues.  Daye, a Newark native is doing all that while working as an assistant coach at Bloomfield College, where he's the school's all-time leading scorer.

Daye works for his mentor and current Bloomfield head coach Gerald Holmes.  The two men have great respect for each other on and off the court.

In 2011, Coach Holmes guided his team, that included his star guard Gage Daye, to an NCAA East Region championship and an appearance in the Elite Eight. 

Eric S. Williams
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In 1975, Eric S. Williams became the first high school basketball player in Essex County to score 2,000 points when the 6'5" superstar played at Newark Academy.

Williams would eventually become captain of his UMASS hoop team.

"My dad was an incrediby bright guy and he really wanted me to go to an Ivy League school.  We talked alot about it.  Brown was probably after me the most.  It came down to Brown and UMass and my dad says I really want you to go to Brown, and he said listen I didn't have the same opportunities you have here, please go to Brown."