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Brockport basketball shows off at Hoops Hype

by Panagiotis Argitis - Managing Editor
Fri, Nov 9th 2018 01:00 pm
Fifth year, Jon Carnegie does a 360 dunk to entertain the crowd at the annual Hoops Hype event, hosted by the men's and women's basketball teams.  The event featured a three-point contest, a skills challenge and a dunk contest. Carnegie was on the basketball team for four years and is ineligible to play this year because of it.  The men's team will open up its season this Friday, Nov. 9 at home against Medaille College.  The women's squad will play its first game next Tuesday, Nov. 13 at home versus St. John Fisher.
Fifth year, Jon Carnegie does a 360 dunk to entertain the crowd at the annual Hoops Hype event, hosted by the men's and women's basketball teams. The event featured a three-point contest, a skills challenge and a dunk contest. Carnegie was on the basketball team for four years and is ineligible to play this year because of it. The men's team will open up its season this Friday, Nov. 9 at home against Medaille College. The women's squad will play its first game next Tuesday, Nov. 13 at home versus St. John Fisher.
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Brockport held its third annual Hoops Hype event where the men’s and women’s basketball teams showed off their skills. As New York Knicks Hall of Famer and current basketball commentator Clyde Frazier would say, it was all “razzle-dazzle.”

The night was filled with smiles, dunks and buckets as both teams put on an incredible show. Similar to what an NBA All-Star game feels like, the only difference being that Hoops Hype is held before the season starts, opposed to the midway point. The event brought Brockport fans in for a three-point contest, a dunk contest, a skills challenge and plenty of giveaways.

The 2018 Hoops Hype was held on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the John and Jim Vlogianitis Gym. The show got underway with a walk-in introduction of the players and coaches for both teams. Music played shortly after and warm ups began as the two teams took some shots before the start of the skills challenge. 

The skills challenge put participating players to the test with a dribbling course, a bounce-pass obstacle and a contested midrange shot at the end. Apart from the talent and focus necessary to win, the athletes had the shot clock to think about, as it counted down from 20 seconds. 

The challenge was laid out as a relay between the men’s and women’s teams, with three players from each competing. The first team to have all of its players successfully complete the course and hit the final shot would be crowned the winner. 

The challenge started and ended rather quickly as the men’s side outshined the women’s by getting through the course with ease. The men had the first point on the board for the night, but the women did not let that distract them for the rest of the event. 

Following the skills challenge, the two teams prepared for the three-point contest. The contest was divided between two sides of the court with each team taking one basket for itself. The threes were to be made from different locations behind the arc, with three to four players passing to the shooter. The objective was to try and score the most back-to-back made threes under a time restriction. 

Both teams selected some of their best three-point shooters to compete in the contest and began to shoot for the win. The women’s side got off to a hot start with a streak that extended to 21 straight baskets. The team’s dominant start was challenged by the men’s team when senior guard Dwayne Daniel went for 17 consecutive threes, but his effort was not enough to beat the women’s record. With the win from three-point land, the women’s side cheered on as it brought the event’s score to a tie of 1-1. 

After closing the three-point challenge, the court opened up to the audience for a challenge involving the completion of four shots, a layup, a midrange bucket, a shot from behind the arc and a shot from the Golden Eagle logo. 

Two lucky spectators were selected to participate with a giveaway prize given to anyone who made all three shots under a minute. Despite the excitement from the two fans, the prize was not won by either as both managed to get all of the first three shots to fall, but missed the midcourt shot. 

Nevertheless, the fans who participated and those who watched from the stands had smiles across their faces, making for a spectacle everyone enjoyed. 

“It always gets fans excited,” women’s head coach Corinne Jones said. “Our fans get to enjoy the show and our players love the fans’ support.” 

Moving from shooting to pure slams, both teams surrounded the arc of the basket nearest to the exit of the gym and observed as athletes who wanted to take a shot at finishing the most spectacular dunk prepared for their takeoff. 

The sound of the rattling rim followed and while many took their chance on a dunk, many failed. Completing fancy dunks isn’t a skill developed overnight but after many tries, a player from the men’s team was crowned as the champion. 

For the end of the night, the players of each team played against their teammates in a friendly and flair-filled match which saw lob passes, creative trickery and flashy dribbles. 

The final bounce of the ball was accompanied by cheers and appreciation from the men’s and women’s team to its fans. The “razzle-dazzle” had ended for the night but just began for the season.