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May 16, 2014

Cory Kilby gets assist from brother

Byng —    Cory Kilby, the wo-time defending Ada News All-Star Classic Slam Dunk champion, had to pull out a secret weapon to nail down his third straight title — little brother Britton.

   Cory Kilby sailed over Britton Kilby for a monstrous dunk in his final attempt that earned a perfect 30 score from the panel of All-Star Classic judges to hold off Roff’s Lonnie Petersen to 3-peat as Slam Dunk champion. It was by far Kilby’s stiffest competition yet.

   In the boys 3-point Shoot Out finals, after the first two competitors made 11 triples apiece, Allen’s Joseph Hopper ran away with the crown by sinking 18 treys.

   Ada’s Aaliyah Blakley drained 15 3-pointers to win the girls 3-point Shoot Out championship.

SLAM DUNK CONTEST

   Petersen actually took the lead after the first of three rounds in the competition with a reverse dunk that earned him 22 points. Kilby’s first effort scored a 19 while Zach Lewis, also of Roff, scored 13 on his first attempt.

   Lewis would miss his next two attempts, leaving the showdown between Kilby and Petersen.

In the second round, both competitors dunked after bouncing the ball high off the floor. But Kilby finished with one hand, earning a score of 27 compared to Petersen’s two-handed jam getting him 24 points. That gave both standouts a total of 46 points heading into their third and final dunk attempts.

   Petersen thought about jumping over one of his Roff teammates for his last dunk, but opted to throw the ball off the backboard and ram it home instead. That effort drew a score of 25.

   But Kilby — who was competing on his birthday — sealed the outcome after leaping over younger brother Britton, despite “Petersen” chants from the All-Star Classic crowd.

   The three dunk finalists advanced from a pool of seven dunkers during the preliminary round earlier in the day.

3-POINT SHOOT OUT

   In the boys finals,  Hunter Larsh of Roff and Austin Berry of Stonewall each made 11 3-pointers before Hopper got on a roll and cruised to the title with 18.

   The 3-point trio emerged from a field of 33 shooters in the preliminary round by making nine triples in 30 seconds. Bry Bratcher of Tupelo, Blake Cooper of Vanoss and Walker Whitworth of Ada all just missed a shot at the title with eight makes apiece.

   In the girls 3-point Shoot Out, Byng’s Kendall Fike — shooting on her own home court — made seven 3-point shots before Blakley caught fire and hit 15.

   Fike, who had to be coaxed into participating in the 3-point Shoot Out, made seven during the preliminary round while Blakley led a group of 18 female players with eight.

   Anelí Thomsen of Ada, Kalli Mowdy of Vanoss, McKenzie Dean of Ada, Dembri Weeks of Ada and Alison Sells of Allen all had six makes during the preliminaries. Only Ada, Byng, Allen, Roff, Vanoss and Coalgate were represented in the girls 3-point competition.

 

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