Haidar named GLIAC’s best again

BAY CITY, Mich. – Senior Ali Haidar was named the GLIAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year and junior Alex Culy earned all-defensive team honors, the league announced Friday.

Haidar was named player of the year for the second straight year. He has broken four GLIAC records and seven school records this season. The Windsor, Ontario, native broke the league record for points (541) and field goals made (188) in a season. He also established season records for free throws made (158) and attempted (209). His school records include rebounds in a career (860), most 20-plus point games in a season (22) and free throws made (18) and attempted (20) in a game. Haidar, who ranks fifth in career scoring (1,885) at Michigan Tech, ranks second in the nation in scoring (25.2 ppg) and tied for 16th in rebounding (9.7 rpg).

“Ali is one of the hardest working players I have ever coached, and this is an honor for him,” said head coach Kevin Luke. “He has put a lot of time in on his game, and it is nice seeing players rewarded for their hard work.”

Culy was honored with all-defensive team honors for the second straight season. The Rice Lake, Wis., native averaged 6.9 points per game and ranked second in the GLIAC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8). He has 78 assists and 24 steals this season.

“Alex is very deserving of this award,” said Luke. “He does a great job in practice and games. He is a great leader and gets our defense going.”

On the women’s side, seniors Sam Hoyt and Emma Veach each earned All-GLIAC and all-defensive team honors for women’s basketball the league announced Friday. Hoyt earned first-team honors and Veach was a second team selection.

“I’m proud of our seniors and their well deserved awards,” said head coach Kim Cameron. “They have been the pillars of this team the entire year and throughout their careers. Our conference is tough and to be recognized is a true honor.”

Hoyt ranked fifth in the league in scoring at 16.5 points per game and second in free throw percentage (89.4-percent). The Arkansaw, Wis., native ranked third in assists (100), eighth in steals (51) and ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5). Overall she ranked in the top-10 in different categories in the league. She ranks eighth in career scoring at Michigan Tech with 1,340 points.

Veach averaged 8.2 points per game and led the GLIAC in 3-point shooting (50.7-percent). The Grand Haven, Mich., native is second in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5). She also tallied 32 steals and 18 blocks this season.