Boom Shakalaka gives fans first taste of 2014-15 BYU basketball
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PROVO – Players from the men's and women's 2014–15 basketball teams excited a packed Smith Fieldhouse Friday night at 'Boom Shakalaka: The BYU Basketball Showcase.'
“This is a fun night,” senior forward Josh Sharp said. “It’s cool to have a relaxed environment to compete and have a good time with both teams.”
The event began with Cassie Broadhead and Anson Winder winning the 3-point contest. In the contest, teams consisting of a men's player and a women's player alternated shooting racks of five basketballs from beyond the 3-point arc. The first four balls on each of the eight racks were worth one point each, and the final ball on each rack was worth three points—giving each team a possibility of 48 points.
Winder and Broadhead advanced to the final round by scoring a first round-high 24 points. Kyle Collinsworth and Makenzi Morrison scored 20 points, and having hit more money balls than Skyler Halford and Xojian Harry – who also scored 20 points in the first round – advanced to battle it out against Winder and Broadhead.
In the final round, Winder and Broadhead edged out Collinsworth and Morrison, 16–15.
“It was awesome,” Broadhead said. “We didn’t really have a game plan. We just caught fire. We’re both number 20, so that probably helped us.”
After the current players competed, BYU women's coach Jeff Judkins and former BYU women's basketball great Erin Thorn stole the show, scoring 27 points in one round of 3-point shooting.
Following the 3-point contest, the team of Nate Austin, Jordan Ellis, Micaelee Orton and Hannah Packard won the skills competition. In the competition, four teams of two men's players and two women's players tag-teamed through a course of dribbling, passing and shooting obstacles.
At the end of his team’s run, Ellis hit a half-court shot, cutting 10 seconds off his team's time and securing the win with a time of 1:03 – three seconds faster than the time put up by the team of Kyle Davis, Jamal Aytes, Morgan Bailey and Maddy Ziering-Smith.
“I saw that we were really close to their time, and I just put it up,” Ellis said of his halfcourt shot. “Sometimes you get lucky at the end.”
In the dunk contest, Sharp captured the title, beating Corbin Kaufusi in the finals. In the contest, players dunked in front of five judges, who each gave dunkers up to 10 points, for 50 possible points.
Sharp and Kaufusi advanced to the finals, scoring 46.5 and 45 points in the first round, respectively. Sharp's dunk was thrown down with his back to the basket, as he jumped up and pumped the ball down to his shoes and then up behind his head for the slam. On Kaufusi's fan-favorite dunk, he took a snap in football pads and a helmet, evaded three defenders and soared from the middle of the key for the dunk.
In the finals, Sharp used an off-the-glass assist from teammate Jordan Ellis and finished with a left-handed dunk, garnering 45.5 points on his first dunk.
Sharp recorded the highest-scoring dunk of the night on his second dunk in the finals. Standing behind the backboard, Sharp tossed the ball over the backboard, then jumped from the middle of the key, throwing down a reverse dunk for 47 points.
Kaufusi was unable to accomplish his dunks as planned, as Sharp went home with the title.
“We didn’t have a lot of time to prepare for this,” Sharp said. “I just put together some dunks I wanted to try and they worked out.”