Petway’s Dunks Put Exclamation Point on First-Ever D-League Dream Factory Friday Night
|Stampede forward Brent Petway won the first-ever Slam Dunk
competition at D-League Dream Factory Friday Night at NBA All-Star.
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NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 15, 2008 – Carlos Powell of the Dakota Wizards, Tulsa 66er Adam Harrington and a pair of Idaho Stampede players, Lance Allred and Brent Petway, all came away victorious at the inaugural D-League Dream Factory Friday Night skills competition, which took place on Center Court of NBA Jam Session presented by adidas at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.
The evening featured Hot-Shot with fans, a game of H.O.R.S.E., a Three-Point Shoot-Out and a Slam Dunk Competition, and began with Powell and D-League fan and New Orleans native, Will Clapp posting a final round score of 24 in Hot-Shot, to defeat the team anchored by Andre Barrett of the Bakersfield Jam. With the win in the timed shooting game, Clapp earned the right to be a judge in the evening’s final event, the Slam Dunk Competition.
In that contest, which was judged by former NBA stars Jerome Williams, Norm Nixon and Tracy Murray; ESPN columnist Bill Simmons, and Clapp, a pair of Stampede teammates; Petway and Mike Taylor advanced to the final round after posting scores of 94 and 98 respectively in the preliminary rounds. In the final round Petway recorded a 48 when he stood next to the ball which was placed on the floor under the basket; then bent, picked the ball up and dunked in one fluid motion. Taylor responded with a score of 49 after sliding the ball through his legs while in the air and dunking.
Petway finished Taylor off when he scored a perfect 50 after he bounced the ball high into the air, jumped, wove the ball through his legs and threw it down. Taylor missed two attempts in his final dunk of the last round and Petway emerged victorious with a final round score of 98.
The highly-anticipated return of H.O.R.S.E., which was popularized some 30 years ago during halftime of NBA games on CBS when stars like George Gervin, Rick Barry and Pete Maravich battled each other in a bracketed competition, saw Allred defeat the D-League’s second-leading scorer, Morris Almond of the Utah Flash with a bank shot. Allred defeated Jeremy Richardson of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in sudden death to advance to the finals, while Almond had disposed of Kasib Powell of the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
The Dream Factory continued with the Three-Point Shoot-Out which pitted Albuquerque Thunderbird Josh Gross, Keith Langford of the Austin Toros, Colorado14er Kaniel Dickens and Harrington who emerged victorious after outlasting Dickens. Dickens advanced to the finals after beating Gross in a tie-breaking shoot-out.
D-League action continues from Jam Session on Saturday afternoon at 3 pm EST as the League’s top 20 players put their skills to the test on Center Court in the second annual D-League All-Star Game presented by Spalding. The game which will feature hometown hero Randy Livingston of the Idaho Stampede will include honorary captains and NBA legends Rick Barry and Lenny Wilkens, and can be seen live on NBA TV.