June 23, 2013 at 1:13 PM
UW alumni basketball event game thread
DUNK CONTEST — First round: Gant 44, Bryan-Amaning 42, Holiday and Ross 47.
Second round: Gant 50, MBA 48, Holiday 45 and Ross 50.
Ross struggles to get complete a dunk in the finals against Gant who made his first attempt. In a fan vote on twitter, Gant is the upset winner. When presented the trophy, he pretended to breakdown and cry.
IT’S OVER — Thomas’ Purple team wins 107-103. Thomas is favored to win the MVP award.
PLAYER-COACH — Dentmon went to check in, but Thomas didn’t want to leave the floor forcing Wilkens to call a timeout. After the break, Dentmon returned to the bench. Purple 106-103, 8.0.
LAST GASP — Simmons drains a three. Purple is up 102-98 with 1:25 left. Haven’t seen much of Robinson. Maybe he’s saving energy for post-game slam dunk contest.
WHAT WAS THAT? — Pondexter attempted to flush over Hawes. However, the big guy got some of the ball and a lot of the body as Pondexer fell hard. Purple 102-95.
DOWN THE STRETCH — Just 4:55 left. It’s starting to approach that time in every celebrity game when players begin to pick up the play. Not sure if we’ll see that today. Purple has been in control lately. Thomas’ squad leads 94-89.
ONCE MORE WITH FEELING — During a timeout, Thomas re-enacts his infamous ‘Cold-Blooded” shot. The crowd went crazy. Purple 83-80, 9:12.
MVP CANDIDATES — Thomas has 23 and Wroten 17. Pondexter’s numbers are creeping up. He has 10. Conroy is all over the place with nine points, 10 assists, eight rebounds, nine turnovers and three steals. Hawes has 18 and Simmons 17.
ALL SQUARE — Not sure if it’s a surprise or not, but the game is tied 77-77 with 12:35 left.
SECOND HALF — Same starters. More of the same. A few dunks. Lots of threes. It was interesting to see Robinson talk to Wroten on the court. It looked as if Robinson was giving him advice on three-point shooting. Purple 76-75.
THREE-POINT CONTEST — Participants (in order): Pondexter, Robinson, Dentmon, Simmons and Appleby. Pondexter leads off and finishes with 12. Same score for Robinson. Dentmon tallies 15. Simmons has 12 and Appleby 10. Dentmon wins and hoists the big silver trophy above his head.
HALFTIME STATS — Thomas and Wroten lead all scorers with 15. Hawes has 14 and Simmons 11. Conroy is working on a quadruple double. He has seven points, seven rebounds, seven assists and eight turnovers.
HALFTIME — Purple 60-55.
ROY ON THE BOARD — Roy scores his first points on a pair of free throws. He has two. Purple 50-44.
PREVIEW — Ross flushed a 360-dunk. Purple 48-40.
MORE SUBS — Appleby and Gasser are in. Purple 25-19.
FINDING A GROOVE — Starting to see how this game is going to go. The White team is taking and making a lot of threes while the Purple team is starting to force turnovers for transition baskets. Purple 21-19.
FIRST SUBS — Good action early. Players are feeling each other out and gauging how hard they should play. No one has taken it to the rim yet. Plenty of outside shots. Only one shooting foul. Dentmon, Holiday and Bruan-Amaning are in. So is Williams and Jensen. White leads 12-11.
STARTERS — Purple: Pondexter, Brockman, Ross, Wroten and Thomas. White: Hawes, Simmons, Roy, Robinson and Conroy.
INTROS — Big applause for Jon Brockman, Terrence Ross and coach Lenny Wilkens as the Purple Team is introduced. The rest of the team includes Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Justin Dentmon, Darnell Gant, Justin Holiday, Quincy Pondexter and Tony Wroten Jr.
HIGHLIGHTS — Pre-game video montage. No UW highlight video is complete w/o Isaiah Thomas’ “Cold-Blooded” game winner over Arizona.
OLD SCHOOL — Bob Houbregs being recognized as well as other UW legends.
LATE ARRIVAL — Bobby Jones, who flew in from Italy, walked on the court during warmups. The White team was happy to see him. They need all the help they can get.
ALUMNI GAME WARMUPS — Plenty of oohs and ahhs as players go through the warmup lines. Lots of high-flying dunks. Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten Jr. hooked up for an alley-oop slam in which Ross tossed the ball off the glass and Wroten flushed a jam.
IT’S OVER — Romar’s Purple Team won 27-22. He scored 11 points on 3-for-6 shooting. Also had two assists. Romar also captured the MVP award. Lots of pictures being taken on the court.
WINNING TIME — In the final minute, both coaches are calling timeouts and it looks as if the players are actually giving effort. Purple leads 27-22.
BOTCHED ATTEMPTS — Jason Hamilton misfired on an alley-oop pass to Watts. Romar connected on a no-look pass to Bryant Boston, but Boston missed the layup.
HALFTIME — White leads 16-14.
SEND IT DOWN — Donald Watts capped the first half with a two-hand dunk in traffic. Didn’t think we’d see a dunk in the Legends game. Romar has nine points on 3-for-4 shooting.
BIG SHOTS — Romar’s first three shots are three-pointers. All net. One from the right wing. One from the left. And another from the top of the key.
BIG OVATION — Not surprisingly, the loudest cheers during pregame announcements for the Legends Game were for Lorenzo Romar.
NICE TRIBUTE — Before the game, a video tribute was aired for former UW legend Marv Harshman who passed away this year.
SRO — There’s a long line outside and most seats are nearly filled. Probably more people here than for most home games last season.
PREGAME CHATTER — Talked to Andrew Andrews before the game. He said he was most anxious to watch former UW assistant Paul Fortier in the Legends Game. “I heard he was nice,” Andrews said.