2009 Bucks Media Game

Green Prevails for Third Straight Year
Annual game draws record 42 participants

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By Truman Reed
June 1, 2009

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It has rapidly become a tradition like none other.

A record 42 participants hit the Bradley Center floor for the third annual Milwaukee Bucks Media Basketball Game on May 30. And for the third consecutive season, the Green team came away with the grand prize.

Bucks Assistant Coach Adrian Griffin and Director of Scouting Billy McKinney drafted the winning Green contingent, which opened the day's action by surviving a furious last-minute rally for a 21-20 triumph over the White team.

The Green team opened a substantial lead over the White midway through the contest led by street free agent Telly Hughes of FS Wisconsin and Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who shared team-high scoring honors with six points apiece.

Tim Van Vooren of WITI TV (FOX 6) ripped down eight rebounds, and Greg Matzek of WTMJ Radio contributed four points and six boards for the victors.

Tom Kurtz of Time Warner Cable Sports, who paced the White team with six points, hit his second 3-pointer of the game during the late comeback bid, which saw the White rattle off seven points in the final 30 seconds.

Chris Francis of WDJT TV (CBS 58) scored five points, and Lance Davis of ESPN Radio 540 added four for the White.

While the opening game was in progress, Assistant Coach Kelvin Sampson and Director of Basketball Operations Jon Horst put the Black team through an intense strategy session on a makeshift practice court, devising a series of elaborate plays.

Sampson's best-laid plans were to no avail, though, as the Green team clinched the championship with a 24-15 win over the Black in game two.

Matzek, who was named the tournament's most valuable player, collected nine points, and Hughes tossed in seven for the winners. Rosiak added four points and seven rebounds.

The Black team got six points and a game-high eight rebounds from Alan Koper of FS Wisconsin. Andy Grebe of ESPN Radio 540 chipped in with five points, and first overall draft pick Andy Kendeigh of WISN TV (ABC 12) came up with five rebounds.

The tournament's Sportscenter moment came in the third game.

The White team, coached by Director of Player Personnel Dave Babcock with assistance from Director of Basketball Administration Dave Dean, led by a narrow margin for the majority of the contest before the Black team forged ahead, 18-17, with just under 6 minutes to play.

Then Stephanie Sutton of WISN TV (ABC 12), being guarded by a sportscaster from a rival station whose name is being withheld to protect his dignity, drilled a pancake jumper from the left elbow to put the White squad back in front, and it went on to secure a 21-20 victory.

Brent Valenti scored seven points, Francis tallied four, and Jeff Maillet of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel added three points, four rebounds and a tournament-best four assists for the White.

Koper delivered eight points and four rebounds, and Kendeigh contributed four points and five boards for the Black team.

Following the action, Bucks General Manager John Hammond thanked the participants for their coverage during the season and their participation in the games.

Hammond presented the "Better-Late-Than-Never Award" to Hughes, who missed the registration deadline and was not listed in the official game program.

Bob Brainerd of Time Warner Cable Sports received the "It Could Have Been Worse Award" after toppling two chairs, two teammates, a Gatorade cooler, a garbage can, Bango, and all of the seats in Section 226 when he hurdled (sort of) his team's bench in dogged pursuit of a loose ball.

Then Matzek was presented with the MVP trophy.

Bucks Manager of Public Relations Matt Wessel opened the proceedings by singing a stirring rendition of the National Anthem; Jim Paschke, Dennis Krause, Jon McGlocklin and Ted Davis provided wall-to-wall coverage of the entire event with play-by-play calls, commentary and insightful sideline interviews; and Bucks Director of Public Relations (and Monty McCutchen lookalike) Dan Smyczek and local peacekeeper John Buellesbach handled the officiating without serious incident.

The team rosters included the following:

Green (coached by Adrian Griffin and Billy McKinney): Rahny Taylor, KISS Radio 103.7; Jim Angeli, WTMJ TV (NBC 4); Traci Neuman, WDJT TV (CBS 58); Greg Matzek, WTMJ Radio; Jeff Sherman, OnMilwaukee.com; Mitch Nelles, ESPN Radio 540; Michael Oddino, FS Wisconsin; Tim Van Vooren, WITI TV (FOX 6); Telly Hughes, FS Wisconsin; Jason Hunter, WISN TV (ABC 12); Drew Wagner, OnMilwaukee.com; Bob Brainerd, Time Warner Cable Sports; Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

White (coached by Dave Babcock and Dave Dean): Stephanie Sutton, WISN TV (ABC 12); Mike Wickett, WSSP Radio 1250; Kyle Dlabay, WSSP Radio 1250; Chris Francis, WDJT TV (CBS 58); Mickie Leach, WITI TV (FOX 6); Emmett Prosser, JS Online; Evan Fitzgerald, WDJT TV (CBS 58); Lance Davis, ESPN Radio 540; Jeff Maillet, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Tom Kurtz, Time Warner Cable Sports; Jim Ganzer, Sports Bubbler; Brent Valenti, FS Wisconsin; Allen Fredrickson, Reuters.

Black (coached by Kelvin Sampson and Jon Horst): Howie Magner, Milwaukee Magazine; JP Cadorin, Time Warner Cable Sports; Craig Karmazin, ESPN Radio 540; Lance Allan, WTMJ TV (NBC 4); Colin Fly, Associated Press; Andy Grebe, ESPN Radio 540; Brian Mikolajek, FS Wisconsin; Mark Kass, The Business Journal; Alan Koper, FS Wisconsin; Doug Russell, WSSP Radio 1250; Steve Orlowski, WDJT TV (CBS 58); Andy Kendeigh, WISN TV (ABC 12); Steve Haywood, ESPN Radio 540; Mark Hutchinson, Full Court Press.