2022 All-Star Week

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The 2022 FBA All-Star Week will be the next exhibition series held by the Furry Basketball Association and is a series of events to be held during the weekend of February 24th through February 28th in Huntsville.

The five-day festivities included 4 events:

  • 2022 FBA All-Star Game
  • 2022 FBA Rookie Challenge
  • 2022 FBA Dunk Contest
  • 2022 FBA 3-Point Shootout

Participants in the events were voted in.

2022 All-Star Game

The participants were selected by the fans and the event itself took place canonically on Monday, February 28th at 8 PM EST.

All-Star Results

Eastern Conference All-Stars

Name Pos Min FGM FGA 3PtM 3PtA FTM FTA Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
Leon Delmont PG 31 5 12 0 2 2 2 3 11 8 4 0 1 2 12
Aditya Anggun SG 25 6 17 3 5 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 15
Yves Carbonneau SF 30 6 13 3 7 2 2 0 2 2 0 1 2 0 17
Kevin Malka PF 34 3 6 0 0 0 1 3 11 0 0 1 3 1 6
Scoonie Barrett C 29 6 12 0 0 2 2 5 10 0 0 2 2 3 14
Kiara Hughes G 15 4 7 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 2 1 0 0 8
Marcus Knight G 16 4 10 3 7 0 0 0 2 2 3 0 1 0 11
Zackary Cooper G/F 13 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 5
Jonathan Lawyer F/G 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0
Mike Rising G/F 12 5 9 2 3 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 14
Kyler Inari G 10 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 4
Tyler Conley F/G 13 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 6 1 0 1 0 2 0
Total   240 43 95 12 28 8 9 12 51 20 9 8 10 10 106


Western Conference All-Stars

Name Pos Min FGM FGA 3PtM 3PtA FTM FTA Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
Narkissa Kassius PG 26 4 12 0 1 2 2 1 2 5 1 2 0 0 10
Arther Selby SG 27 6 12 3 6 0 0 1 6 4 1 0 1 1 15
Terry O'Toole SF 29 3 13 0 2 2 2 4 7 2 1 0 0 1 8
Tia Terra PF 35 2 9 0 0 1 1 5 11 5 1 1 3 1 5
Jake Turner C 36 12 17 0 0 7 8 2 19 0 0 3 6 3 31
Eliza Mae duPont G 15 2 8 2 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 6
Ash Van Zant F/G 18 3 7 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 1 7
Derek Kim G 9 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 4
Callum Williamson G 9 0 4 0 2 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Lauren Fash G 12 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
Trevor Cruz G/F 12 3 9 2 5 0 0 1 3 1 1 1 0 0 8
Mikaylah Marley G 12 1 2 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
Total   240 38 99 7 22 15 16 15 52 23 9 9 10 8 98

Game Notes

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Western Conference All-Stars 24 25 25 32 106
Eastern Conference All-Stars 30 18 24 26 98

   

Officials: Sharon Janzen #24, Syed Nahle #29, Chris O'Meara Ford #20
Arena: Explorer Stadium - Huntsville, AL

Player of the Game: Scoonie Barrett (Otter, F/C) - 14 pts, 10 reb, 2 stl, 2 blk

   

Scoonie Barrett

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All-Star Portraits

Western All-Stars Roster
Starters
Point Guard Shooting Guard Small Forward Power Forward Center
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24 Leon Delmont (Cougar, G) 11 Aditya Anggun (Balinese Civet, G) 95 Yves Carbonneau (Arctic Fox, G/F) 33 Kevin Malka (Giant Pangolin, F) 81 Scoonie Barrett (Otter, F/C)
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17 Kiara Hughes (Spotted Leopard, G) 24 Marcus Knight (River Otter, G) 19 Zackary Cooper (Beaver, G/F) 9 Jonathan Lawyer (Meerkat, F/G) 19 Mike Rising (Red Wolf, G/F)
Reserves
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13 Kyler Inari (Arctic Fox, G/F) 33 Tyler Conley (Husky, F)
Eastern All-Stars Roster
Starters
Point Guard Shooting Guard Small Forward Power Forward Center
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65 Narkissa Kassius (Ringtail Lemur, G) 32 Arther Selby (Rabbit, F/G) 3 Terry O’Toole (Irish Wolfhound, F/G) 22 Tia Terra (Opossum, C/F) 33 Jake Turner (Red Fox, C/F)
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Guard Swingfur Guard Guard Guard
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93 Eliza Mae duPont (Yellow-Necked Mouse, G) 5 Ash Van Zant (Raccoon, F/G) 7 Derek Kim (Kkachi, G) 24 Callum Williamson (Wallaby, G) 79 Lauren Fash (Five-Lined Skink, G)
Reserves
Swingfur Guard
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69 Trevor Cruz (Painted Bat, G/F) 4 Mikaylah Marley (Albino Wolfbat, G)

2022 Rookie Challenge

The lineups of the FBA Rookie Challenge will be chosen by the fans, along with three alternates in case of injury or withdrawals. The event took place canonically on Sunday, February 27th at 8 PM EST.

Rookie Challenge Results

Western Conference Rookie All-Stars

Name Pos Min FGM FGA 3PtM 3PtA FTM FTA Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
Nur Iwata PG 30 3 12 0 2 1 2 0 2 6 2 0 0 0 7
Aria Ralston SG 25 1 13 0 1 1 2 0 6 4 2 1 0 2 3
Kenji Frost SF 27 4 8 0 0 1 2 0 5 1 1 0 0 0 9
Adam Côté PF 26 6 6 0 0 0 0 1 7 1 0 0 1 0 12
Xavier Clarke C 29 9 15 0 0 3 3 5 1 0 1 0 3 3 21
Andy Roth F 17 1 3 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 3
Hamish Moyce G/F 15 4 7 0 0 4 6 0 4 2 1 0 1 0 12
Atheos Lagoudakis G 16 1 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 2
Elliot Jordan G 15 2 6 0 0 2 2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 6
Bernard Peace C/F 13 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 4
Yigori Ryurikov F 14 2 6 0 2 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 1 4
Harper Kagl-Shufflebottom F/C 13 1 2 0 0 2 2 2 6 0 0 0 1 0 4
Total   240 36 87 0 6 15 21 11 44 17 9 2 9 10 87

Game Notes

Eastern Conference Rookie All-Stars

Name Pos Min FGM FGA 3PtM 3PtA FTM FTA Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
Teresa Coyotl PG 33 10 21 6 14 0 0 0 2 5 2 1 0 1 26
Tyler Rudderfield SG 32 10 24 3 8 1 1 0 5 6 0 1 0 0 24
Hjelä Weber SF 32 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 1 3 4 0 6
Tanner Hunt PF 27 2 3 0 0 2 2 1 7 1 0 1 2 1 6
Cici Campione C 13 3 3 0 0 1 2 1 4 0 0 0 3 1 7
Jack Baker C/F 16 2 3 0 0 0 1 2 4 3 0 0 0 2 4
Rebekah Huotari C/F 17 4 9 0 0 1 1 3 7 0 0 1 0 1 9
Kevon Oakley C/F 10 2 4 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 0 1 1 4
Kyomi Inari G 15 3 10 2 4 1 1 1 5 2 0 0 0 2 9
Langston Coates C/F 15 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 2 1 0 2 1 4
Joseph Wolfe G 15 1 4 0 0 1 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 3
Wei Xing F/G 15 1 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 2
Total   240 43 94 11 28 7 12 11 48 27 4 7 13 12 104
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Western Conference Rookies 20 19 18 30 87
Eastern Conference Rookies 24 27 21 32 104

   

Officials: Esther Haines #36, Alex Trenor #7, Wesley Wasilowsky #41
Arena: Explorer Stadium - Huntsville, AL

Player of the Game: Tyler Rudderfield (American River Otter, G) - 24 pts, 5 reb, 6 ast, 1 stl

   

Tyler Rudderfield

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Rookie Challenge Portraits

Western Rookie Challenge Roster
Starters
Point Guard Shooting Guard Small Forward Power Forward Center
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35 Nur Iwata (Jorunna parva ("sea bunny"), G) 32 Aria Ralston (Spotted-Necked Otter, G) 65 Kenji Frost (Shortfin Mako Shark, F) 13 Adam Côté (Amazon Milk Frog, C/F) 42 Xavier Clarke (Husky, C/F)
Bench
Forward Swingfur Guard Guard Bigfur
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00 Andy Roth (Red Tailed Hawk, F) 12 Hamish Moyce (Coyote, G/F) 33 Atheos Lagoudakis (Blue Jay, G) 7 Elliot Jordan (Cardinal, G) 34 Bernard Peace (Hippopotamus, C/F)
Reserves
Forward Bigfur Alternates:
* Freya Perkins
* Kira Yamashita
* Emily Jackson
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41 Yigori Ryurikov (Sable, F) 60 Harper Kagl-Shufflebottom (Motley Golden Child Reticulated Python (naga), F/C)
Eastern Rookie Challenge Roster
Starters
Point Guard Shooting Guard Small Forward Power Forward Center
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42 Teresa Coyotl (Coyote, G) 24 Tyler Rudderfield (American River Otter, G) 16 Hjelä Weber (Thorold's Deer, F) 13 Tanner Hunt (Spotted Hyena, F) 43 Cici Campione (Swan, C/F)
Bench
Bigfur Bigfur Bigfur Guard Bigfur
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00 Jack Baker (Golden Labrador Retriever, C/F) 26 Rebekah Huotari (Badger, C/F) 44 Kevon Oakley (Black Bear, C/F) 13 Kyomi Inari (Kitsune, G) 3 Langston Coates (Giant Squirrel, C/F)
Reserves
Guard Swingfur Alternates:
* Ruslan Neto
* Irin Vallier
* Ju Chaehwan (withdrawn)
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22 Joseph Wolfe (Wolf, G) 8 Wei Xing (red shanked douc, F/G)

2022 Dunk Contest

Takes place Friday, February 25th at 6 pm EST.

Contestants

  Player Team Height Weight
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Leon Delmont (Cougar, G) Seattle Summit 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 244 lb (111 kg)
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Sterling Bengtzing (Marbled Polecat, C/F) Biloxi Voodoo 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 257 lb (117 kg)
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Arther Selby (Rabbit, F/G) Tennessee Moonshiners 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 165 lb (75 kg)
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Saphira Kelley (Blue Ocean Slug, G) Baltimore Spirits 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 157 lb (71 kg)
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Blake Kelly (Sika Deer, G/F) Seattle Summit 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg)
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Xavier Clarke (Husky, C/F) Edmonton Totems 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 225 lb (102 kg)
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Nur Iwata (Jorunna parva ("sea bunny"), G) Edmonton Totems 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg)
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Callum Williamson (Wallaby, G) Lorain Firestorm 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 190 lb (86 kg)


Winner
Runner-up
Semi-Finalist

Judges

A panel of five judges was gathered to provide scoring for the event. The judges were instructed to rate the dunk on an overall scale from 1 to 10. (It should be noted that in the spirit of fairness, the identities of the dunkers were hidden when the judges were given the dunks out-of-character. Names have been added back in after the fact, here in the descriptions below.)

In-World (OOC)

-Scott Masterson (MW), Journalist for Fleacher Report

-Adrian Lowe (Drakken), EFBL broadcaster, sports analyst, ex EFBL scout.

-Matt Lewis (MadWorld), FSPN Correspondent

-Tashira Rucson (JWolfman), Sports Journalist for FurSports-dot-net

-Geoffrey Whitewater (Qovapryi), Reporter for Furballer Magazine

Round 1

Blake Kelly

Blake stands at half court with a smile, basketball balanced on his foot. Suddenly he flicks it up. It goes a bit wide, and he has to lean out to grab the ball with one hand, before darting a pass to Kumori Urufu standing in the left hand 3 point corner. He juggles the ball with his feet as Blake began to charge full steam to the basket. Kumori kicks the ball up with a strong kick to Blake as he jumps, catching the ball with his right paw as he pulls said arm back for a tomahawk slam into the basket. He swings forward for a second on the rim, letting go and landing with a grin.

Adrian Lowe Matt Lewis Scott Masterson Geoffrey Whitewater Tashira Rucson Average Score Total Score
8 8 6 7 6 7 35
Very nice teamwork here, Blake! I noticed you had to lean forward a bit to manage the catch on the ball but other than that, this dunk was a success. You and Kumori were in sync to time your passes and catches. Nice literal footwork with the ball, too, boys! --Adrian Lowe
A solid dunk to start us off. Love the coordination of timing between you and Kumori, and putting your faith into them with the kick-up. We're just short a couple flaming hoops and balance beams for the ultimate gymnast-dunk experience! --Matt Lewis
I've seen the whole "use other sports in dunk routines" in previous dunk contests, but I'm not sure if this one really improved upon those previous ones... Props on landing the dunk, though! --Scott Masterson

Arther Selby

Arther comes onto the court with ball in hand. Those with keen eyes notice earbuds in the lapine's ears. As the crowd waits on Arther, he starts bouncing the ball in a rhythmic pattern. The stadium starts to fill with the sound of the ‘dance of the sugar plum fairy’; the bounce of the ball syncing with the pizzicato strings. Arther slides around the court using the ball as an extension of his body, passing it through his legs, doing a cartwheel, and a number of other things to keep the audience's attention on him. Arther's head then snaps back to the tunnel to find Berty in his Texas Jersey, to the confusion of many in the stands.

Berty glides onto the court and dances with Arther; whilst making their way to the 3 point line. Arther stumbles once with their quick movements, but is able to quickly get his feet back into place and on rhythm. Arther breaks away and gives Berty the ball. As Arther pulls the audience's attention, Berty leans back on his tail. As Berty raises his legs, Arther leans back and lets Berty takes his full weight as his own paws leave the ground. With one mighty kick, Berty sends Arther flying into the air with the ball close behind. Arther grabs the ball, passes the ball behind his back before dunking it into the basket at the climax of the music.

Adrian Lowe Matt Lewis Scott Masterson Geoffrey Whitewater Tashira Rucson Average Score Total Score
9 9 9 7 7 8.2 41
I certainly didn't expect the player to turn into a projectile as well! This was certainly a carefully planned, well-thought out, high-risk, high-return dunk... and I think you nailed it. Well done! Definitely starting off strong just like last year, I see! --Scott Masterson
I think this dunk could have been more effective by itself, without all the theatrics at the beginning. It was a pretty imaginative effort by Selby, and the realisation was almost flawless. However, the conclusion was a tad simple, and it kinda concluded the entire performance on an average note. --Geoffrey Whitewater
It took some time for Mr. Selby to set up the dunk but it ultimately it made sense! However the setup just took too long in my tastes and it damaged my score. Nice effort but needed a shorter setup. --Tashira Rucson

Leon Delmont

Bringing his boyfriend Adrian onto the court, Leon positions the the 6’5” serval in the paint a few feet in front of the rim before the cougar heads to just behind the three-point line with the ball.

Giving Adrian a nod, Leon starts to run towards the hoop and the serval. As Leon approaches, the cougar tosses the basketball high in the air to Adrian, who performs a perfect volleyball set, one he’s done thousands of times before, sending the ball high above his head.

The serval manages to bring his arms down just as Leon jumps up, spreading his legs slightly so he easily clears the servals’ head and catching the ball with his right paw. Having jumped with a slight rotation, Leon pulls his legs in and manages one full rotation, all the while passing the ball behind his back from his right paw to his left before reaching the basket where he slams the ball into the hoop; his arm going so far that he’s able to hang on the rim with the crook of his elbow while flexing his free arm towards the crowd.

Adrian Lowe Matt Lewis Scott Masterson Geoffrey Whitewater Tashira Rucson Average Score Total Score
10 9 9 9 8 9 45
WHOO!! Here we go, folks! A reigning dunk champion back and showing, in his first dunk, just why he's won before! A fantastic dunk, start to finish with no slip ups or hesitations. I'm not sure who your serval friend is but their precision in their pass to you was perfect. Your movements in the air were some not any average fur could do. A powerful dunk for a powerful first showing. --Adrian Lowe
Similarly a great start; we seem to be laser-focused on the athleticism between player and volunteer this year! And I don't mind it at all. What I like about this one is Del's movement after the jump, securing the setup with one paw and flawlessly moving it to the other. I barely caught it happening, it was so fast. Great work. --Matt Lewis
I'm quite impressed with this one! Quick setup with the assistant and the dunk itself is fluid and despite the risks, he pulled it off nicely! --Tashira Rucson

Callum Williamson

Callum heads to one side of the stadium and hypes up the crowd. "I wanna hear you ROAR!" He waits for the crowd to react. He turns to the other set of stands. "I can't hear you. ROAR!!!" The crowd roars. The wallaby roars back. Callum runs toward the hoop, dribbling to build up momentum. He hops up as high as he can and raises his legs into a "sitting" position, running the ball under both legs from his "on" hand to his "off" hand before windmilling it 360 degrees and slamming it up and over into the basket. When he lands, he says: now THAT'S how you ROOOOAR.

Adrian Lowe Matt Lewis Scott Masterson Geoffrey Whitewater Tashira Rucson Average Score Total Score
8 8 8 9 9 8.4 42
The crowd needs to wake up, it seems. Maybe "Calzone" could send up some calzones to some lucky fans? I knew when you entered the contest we'd see some crazy jumps, and you did not disappoint. It's the kind of dunk that looks most impressive on replay when you can analyze all the detailed movements. Great work, but, uh... maybe just don't try roaring again... oof. --Matt Lewis
That dunk was technically phenomenal! The roaring, though... I feel like the routine could have done without it and it would have been an easy 9 for me, but the roaring kinda tipped it towards the corny scale a bit. --Scott Masterson
Pretty straight-forward presentation, but it worked. Plenty of athleticism, which I always like, and a good deal of showmanship and working up the crowd. I think Williamson can only build from this. ROAR! --Geoffrey Whitewater

Nur Iwata

Nur is tossed a standard basketball. They spin the ball and balance it on their right index finger. They shift the ball behind their back before tossing it over their shoulder from behind their back and catching the still spinning ball on their left index finger. They shift tossing the ball from behind their back to increasing heights, always catching the ball without turning their head to look at it. After four tosses, the ball doesn’t come back down. They look around, but the ball is gone. They shrug. They reach out, and they are tossed another ball. They perform a few other dribbling tricks, including bouncing the basketball alternately off each knee. Once they have a little cheering from the crowd, they toss the ball up again, but it doesn’t come back down. They look around, scratch their head, and fake argue with the official about some funny business. They’re given one last ball, but they don’t toss it. They look up and around, but the rafters are dark. They toss the ball a foot into the air; it comes down, and they catch it. Two feet; it comes down. Five feet; it comes down. They test the waters one more time, tossing the ball up to prepare for the dunk; they enter a sprint; the ball disappears. They dart their head back and forth looking for the ball, but it seems lost. They hear a whistle played over the loudspeakers, which causes them to look straight up. Another player, a former teammate from their comedy basketball troupe, strung up on wires, is lit up by a spotlight; they are holding three balls. Nur mime argues with them, but the player seems unwilling to part with the basketballs. After a few seconds, they ‘accidentally’ drop one ball, then another, then another. Nur catches each one, working it into a show of dribbling each one in tandem, passing them back and forth between their legs in a kind of Mobius strip motion.

They roll two of the balls toward the basket, making a sort of mobile runway. They take up the last ball, once more tossing it from behind their back up toward the basket. Nur enters into a run, approaching the basket from the right sideline. The ball bounces off the rim and back to Nur. They have to pause to catch the ball, losing a little momentum, but then take a few more steps and jump. In the air, they touch the ball to their right hip, then their left. Their inertia carries them past the basket, but just as the rim seems out of reach, they pull the ball up over their head. Facing away from the rim, they transfer the ball to their left hand, dunking from behind. They go to grab the rim, but their hand slips off. They let the inertia continue, and come down for a landing.

Adrian Lowe Matt Lewis Scott Masterson Geoffrey Whitewater Tashira Rucson Average Score Total Score
6 10 7 8 8 7.8 39
Nur! Welcome to your first ASW week and congratulations on making it to the dunk contest as well! While you had minor slip ups, you adapted to them and were still able to make your dunk! I'll admit that while your idea leading up to the dunk itself was interesting, it was also a tad long. My anticipation to see you actually go for the dunk was dampened a bit by having to wait for the buildup. --Adrian Lowe
"This is definitely one of the most complex dunks I've ever seen attempted at a Dunk Contest, and while it wasn't perfect, the fact it was brought to completion is definitely to be commended. However, I kinda feel this suffers of the same issue that affected Selby: too many theatrics at the beginning, too many ball games that take away attention from the actual dunk - which is already complex as is - leaving the finish somewhat unpolished." --Geoffrey Whitewater
While I did smirk at the comedy, I felt I was watching a skit, not a dunk contest. Call it bias if you like, but I prefer these attempts to be straight to the point, and while I appreciate the effort they put in all the acting to keep the crowd going, and there appears to be some hiccups with the momentum. It's a good dunk, just wish it got straight to the point. --Tashira Rucson

Saphira Kelley

Saphira comes out to the half-court logo, then takes a basketball into her left hand, waving to the crowd. She dribbles toward the hoop, and from around 11 feet away, she leaps forward, putting the ball in both hands while doing a 180 spin. She has to take one hand off the ball to get it through the hoop, but she manages to curl her long tail around behind her to catch the ball as it comes through the net.

Adrian Lowe Matt Lewis Scott Masterson Geoffrey Whitewater Tashira Rucson Average Score Total Score
6 7 7 8 6 6.8 34
Beautiful 180, Saphira! You had to adjust yourself just to make the ball into the hoop, though. Still, nifty tail trick and quite a distance traveled! I would've liked some more flare in here. Using a tail is always fun but other than that, I wasn't quite quite on the edge of my seat. --Adrian Lowe
Welcome to the contest! No doubt that you nailed it, at such a high speed, and your awareness of the ball's movement is unsurpassed. It was by the books, and rotation-wise, it is pretty difficult to judge when compared to some of your competition; that's my only worry here. --Matt Lewis
I liked the idea of retrieving the ball after the dunk! I just can't help but feel that the dunk itself could have been more technically advanced compared to some of the other dunks we've seen so far. --Scott Masterson

Sterling Bengtzing

Whip cracks are heard resoundingly across the court. The polecat stands with a rose sticking out of his mouth as a lady (expert whip cracker) walks in with a bull whip, flawlessly cutting it in half. The polecat presents the lady (Bridget Torrenegra, swift vixen), as he takes position in front of the hoop and she next to a table with a rope on it.

Said rope leads up to a structure that shows the ball tied up high in the air. The polecat gives the signal to Bridget as he makes his way to the hoop. Bridget cracks her whip at the rope on the table, letting the ball drop and bounce towards the polecat's direction, who jumps, scoops it with one hand and resoundingly sinks it with the other with an arching maneuver.

Bridget wraps her whip around the polecat's body as he gets back on the ground.

Adrian Lowe Matt Lewis Scott Masterson Geoffrey Whitewater Tashira Rucson Average Score Total Score
7 8 6 6 6 6.6 33
I think that you went a little too safe on the dunk itself... the gimmick is interesting, but after last year's contest showcased all these technical masterpiece dunks, I was hoping to see something more difficult from the get-go. --Scott Masterson
Guess the dunk was fine, but... are we supposed to judge you or the whip cracker? It started like a pretty big deal and turned into a pretty run-of-the-mill dunk with some whip theatrics on top of it. It's a decent effort by itself, but I feel the FBA Dunk Contest deserves more. --Geoffrey Whitewater
When the lady with the whip impressed me more than the actual player doing the dunk, there's a problem. The actual dunk is very generic, as if Sterling didn't want to take too much of a spotlight off of the whip cracker, when the spotlight was supposed to be on him. --Tashira Rucson

Xavier Clarke

A team of furs place pads on the court a moment before the dunk itself actually starts. Then, a pair of furs dressed in white coveralls and holding a basketball each race out onto the court and take position on either side of the half court circle as the the John Williams theme from 'Superman' begins to play. As the music starts to build up, Xavier runs out onto the court dressed in his old yellow coveralls from college, complete with helmet and goggles on... and a jet pack on his back. As the theme starts to crescendo, he fires up the jet pack, jumps up from the free-throw line and does the heroic pose in the air in front of the hoop, then he flies across the court. As he crosses the center, the two furs in coveralls toss the basketballs up to him. He catches them, and then does a pair of really enthusiastic windmills to dunk the basketballs into the hoop opposite from where he started. Between operating the jetpack and handling the two balls, he has to hesitate a bit before dunking the second one in. He lands with a little flourish and strikes a dramatic pose with a big grin on his face.

Adrian Lowe Matt Lewis Scott Masterson Geoffrey Whitewater Tashira Rucson Average Score Total Score
6 9 8 7 8 7.6 38
Welcome to your first ASW week and Dunk contest, Xavier! You've been tearing it up in Edmonton and truly showing why you were deserving of the number one pick! Between the two of us, I LOVE super dog. Hearing the theme song start took me back to my days of reading comics.

The jetpack was nifty but I couldn't help wonder if this was almost an advantage? Being as you could fly to the basket, rather than run and jump, to make your dunks. Operating it while dunking gave you a slight disadvantage though in how your dunks were synchronized. For a first showing though, good job, Xavier! --Adrian Lowe

I'm... speechless. Oh my, these are the kind of theatrics the fans love, y'all! Bring 'em on! In all fairness, you found a way to not only expand on some of your teammates' impeccable coordination skills, but you did it in such a passionate and free-spirited way. I'd have given ten points to creativity alone; my only question is whether they're actually comparable if you have the advantage of flying? I dunno... should I care? --Matt Lewis
Okay so the fact alone that he had to rely on a jetpack to prop him up for the dunks should've damaged the whole routine, but handling a jetpack by itself is very difficult! It's quite unique though, I'll give him that. --Tashira Rucson

Round 1 Results

Contestant Points
Leon Delmont 45
Callum Williamson 42
Arther Selby 41
Nur Iwata 39
Xavier Clarke 38
Blake Kelly 35
Saphira Kelley 34
Sterling Bengtzing 33
Eliminated

Round 2

Callum Williamson

"It's time to go Down Under!" Callum says, clearing out some space behind the backboard. He hands the ball to his friend, Zack Cooper and backs up behind him. With the beaver holding the ball above his head, Callum starts yelling "5... 4... 3... 2... 1!" with the crowd picking up the queue to count down with him. As Callum starts his run towards the beaver, Zack throws the ball at the back of the backboard. He ducks slightly as Callum leaps over him to catch the ball, landing under the hoop. He hops up, swipes the ball under his legs, and dunks it backwards over his own head into the basket.

Adrian Lowe Matt Lewis Scott Masterson Geoffrey Whitewater Tashira Rucson Average Score Total Score
8 7 9 9 8 8.2 41
CALLUM! I hope you heard me shouting along with your countdown? Excellent dunk and I'm glad to have you here in round two! Zack trusted you - er - save for the slight duck - and you were precise with your movements. How did you dunk backwards? How many times did you have to practice that? Can you show me? --Adrian Lowe
I know that Leon showcased us a superb "jump over someone else" dunk earlier in the first round, but this dunk was honestly just as good! I think it was a good idea to rely on your technique and jumping ability this year compared to what you put up for us last year. --Scott Masterson
Great display of agility and nice teamwork! This dunk doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it does manage to come off as fresh and gripping while rehashing a concept that we've seen a lot of times so far. Truly the Dunk Contest at its finest. --Geoffrey Whitewater
This is a good technical dunk, not too flashy and just enough to impress me! Maybe Cooper shouldn't have ducked but hell I would've too if I was in his shoes at that moment. --Tashira Rucson

Arther Selby

Arther comes onto the court with the Tennessee coach beside him; dressed in a tennessee jersey of his own. Arther clocks drake’s unease as the camera focuses on Drake. Using his body, Arther blocks the camera to have a quick chat with Drake. Like buzzards,the camera frantically moves around to catch a glimps of their conversation. The only morsel they grab is Arther pointing over to the Huntsville logo and him saying

“I trust you…lets bring this home”

As Arther body moves out of the way, any sort of unease seems non existence as they make their way onto the court. Arther makes his way to courtside and waits until Drake gets into position beside the basket; almost perpendicular with Arther. With one mighty stomp, Arthur dashes towards the basket, he leaps into the air as Drake throws the ball to the side of the backboard, grabs it on the rebound, fishes it around his back and slams it into the basket.

Adrian Lowe Matt Lewis Scott Masterson Geoffrey Whitewater Tashira Rucson Average Score Total Score
8 8 8 8 8 8 40
Very brave of the coach to not only come down for this game, but to take part too! The showcase of coordination between volunteer and self continues, and trust is everything. Now's the time that I trust everyone to up the ante athletically and creatively, and.... dog-gone it, I miss the Sugar Plum Fairy! --Matt Lewis
Another good coordination effort, but after seeing your first dunk, I'm a little let down because I know that you were capable of doing something even better. If you performed your first dunk here, I'd have penciled you in the finals, but now I'm not so sure... --Scott Masterson
The symbolism and rhetoric were laid a bit too thick for my taste, but there's no denying it was a solid effort - although it got sort-of overshadowed by Williamson's similar dunk coming just before. Nevertheless, it's nice to see the Moonshiners' head coach getting into the action, and Selby keeps claiming his place within the top lapine highflyers in FBA history. --Geoffrey Whitewater
This dunk is eerily similar to the previous dunk that Williamson did, just without the ball under the legs motion. Still though, this is a decent dunk but not much else to say about it. It didn't have that much of a wow factor for me but I don't hate it. --Tashira Rucson

Leon Delmont

At the top of the 3-point line stands Leon, slowly dribbling the basketball. Starting from a walk, he quickly breaks into a jog as he heads towards the hoop dribbling the ball.

As he reaches the free-throw line he grabs the ball in his left paw, pulling it behind his back. Flicking his wrist up, the ball is launched up and over his head from behind the cougar.

With the ball now traveling up towards the hoop, Leon takes one more stride before going to plant his paws and jump. However, he staggers as he places his second paw down. With the ball already in the air, he pushes himself forward and jumps, clearly with less force than he wanted. He pulls his arms in and completes a full rotation before reaching up with both paws to grab the ball, finishing one final half rotation before slamming the ball through the hoop, his body swaying under the rim as he holds onto it with both paws, back facing the basket.

Adrian Lowe Matt Lewis Scott Masterson Geoffrey Whitewater Tashira Rucson Average Score Total Score
9 8 9 7 8 8.2 41
Welcome to round two, Leon!! Showing us all once again what it takes to not only get through round one but to continue to impress! I was on the edge of my seat this entire time! Even when you staggered slightly - that only built up my suspense though. You adapted to that and completed an amazing, out of this world dunk. Do you think you can show me how to dunk backwards too? You and Callum could tag-team teach me! --Adrian Lowe
A bit unclean at the up-take and it may have affected 'ya a little bit, but that didn't seem to hold you back for more than a few milliseconds. Showcasing that strength to hold on, quite literally facing backwards... Overall, good work; we'll see if it is enough. --Matt Lewis
Okay, for a moment I was scared because I thought you might have bitten off more than you could chew, but that was honestly a great finish, with both power and technique! I see that you're definitely coming back with a vengeance this year... --Scott Masterson
Ambitious effort by Delmont - the dunk was completed, albeit hastily, and it is clear he has it in him to nail it fully on a second try. I have to take away a point for a sloppy execution, but I do enjoy how the former Dunk Contest champion keeps rediscussing the limits of furry athleticism. Time will tell if it's enough to recapture his crown. --Geoffrey Whitewater

Nur Iwata

"Nur prepares for their next dunk by dribbling in place. They go to run to the basket, but a ref, a squat gold finch, blows a whistle from the sidelines, throwing off the sea bunny. They stop, and the ref adjusts his mic to announce the ‘fowl’ -- get it?! -- on Nur. “Traveling.” Nur has a fake argument with the ref, and the two trade quips. Nur rocks their head as they retrieve the ball. They go to run up again, but they stop; the ref has the whistle ready in his beak. Every time Nur moves, the gold finch prepares the whistle. Nur appears shocked and points behind the bird, who looks. Nur starts to run for the basket, but the whistle blows again. “Taunting the ref!” Nur goes back to argue again. The ref remains unmoved. Nur walks to the judging table, where a couple googly eyes wait. They pick them up and press them onto the basketball. They return to the ref, where they mimic the finch’s movements, exaggeratedly moving the ball so the eyes bounce.

As the ref grows more flustered, they pass the ball between the bird’s legs. They make for the basket one more time. Whistle! “Tampering with the ball.”

Nur groans, which seems to amuse the bird. As they approach the ref, they hold up the ball to mock him. The ref takes off the googly eyes and presses them onto Nur’s face. Nur glances around, the eyes wobbling on their face. They turn and walk toward center court.

They wave for the ref to come onto the court. Nur dribbles the ball between their own legs in a show of skill, but the ref appears unimpressed. They reach out and take the ref’s hand. They gesture for the bird to hold up one finger, and once he does, Nur spins the ball on their own finger, guiding the ball down and transferring it to the bird. The ref looks impressed with himself, and Nur urges the crowd to cheer. After a moment of raucous applause, Nur steps out of sight of the ref. They pick up a new ball from someone on the sideline, as well as a pair of scissors. They approach the ref from behind, and they snip the whistle from his neck. As it clatters to the floor, the finch snaps their head down. Nur uses their new basketball to knock the ball off of his finger. He looks at his now empty finger, then spins around. Nur plants a kiss on his beak, before turning around and sprinting to the basket. The ref goes to blow the whistle, but he cannot.

They run straight for the basket. Seemingly going for a straightforward dunk, they bounce the ball and cause it to fly high into the air. They jump and catch the ball as it is coming down. They hold the ball with two hands, and just before they dunk, they twist their body, getting about halfway turned around. The player has to remove one hand from the ball to slam it into the basket. They hold onto the rim and shake their head, making the eyes wobble again.

Adrian Lowe Matt Lewis Scott Masterson Geoffrey Whitewater Tashira Rucson Average Score Total Score
7 10 5 8 8 7.6 38
Impressive feat to get to round two in your first dunk contest as a rookie! You're truly an impressive bunny, Nur! Just proving why you were deserving of being a first round pick.

I liked the googly eyes - I mean, who doesn't like googly eyes!? Though the show itself, while entertaining, did last a tad long for me. For a moment, I was expecting the ref to be part of the dunk itself, somehow. Good job on making a successful dunk though and adding the flare of hanging from the rim! --Adrian Lowe

You continue to bring creativity and passion to this event, without a doubt. Some of my colleagues may call that 'antics', but we need a little spice in this event. Anyway... heh, one thing is that it was less about the process of the dunk itself, which was not too complex and *almost* perfect. Well done overall, and please replace that poor ref's whistle... --Matt Lewis
Wasn't a fan of the theatrics and I definitely could have done with more focus on the dunk itself and less to the lead-up, but man - the execution was good enough to make me forget all the rest for a moment. If he manages to the whole deal just a tiny bit tighter, Iwata could be a contender for years to come. --Geoffrey Whitewater
Another comedy skit plus dunk for Iwata. If this is a theme for Iwata, I'm not too sure I'll be looking forward to their next dunk if they make it through to the next round. Still though, the skit is funny and I enjoyed it, but I felt a bit impatient as I waited for the finishing dunk. --Tashira Rucson

Round 2 Results

Contestant Points
Leon Delmont 41
Callum Williamson 41
Arther Selby 40
Nur Iwata 38
Eliminated

Final Round

Leon Delmont

Leon strides onto the court microphone in paw, “Overcoming failure is a part of life. Two years ago, I tried to push the bounds of what has been possible. Perhaps it’s foolish to try that again,” he spoke, taking another long stride, standing just at the top of the free-throw circle, an additional six feet from the free throw line, “but a win means nothing if I didn’t give it my all by ‘playing it safe’.” As he finishes an attendant runs out, grabbing the mic from the cougar. Gathering the ball from the half court line, Leon walked to the opposite basket.

After taking a few deep breaths, Leon breaks into a sprint, dribbling the ball towards the other goal. Gaining great speed as he passes the half court line he gathers the ball into his paws and takes two steps before launching himself skyward just outside the free-throw circle. Once airborne Leon extended the ball high up in his left paw as he soared to the basket, slamming it into the hoop, it still rattling long after Leon landed but drowned out by the thunderous roar unleashed from the cougar as he celebrated nailing the dunk.

Adrian Lowe Matt Lewis Scott Masterson Geoffrey Whitewater Tashira Rucson Average Score Total Score
10 7 10 10 10 9.4 47
LEEEEOOONNN!!!!!

Now THIS has been quite a showing from you! Ever heard of the song, 'Defying gravity'? Because that's what you just did! I've personally never seen anyone pull such a feat like this off - at least successfully anyways. Starting from your first dunk, you've whooed and wowed the crowd as well as me, one of your judges. From the way you moved to Seattle to be its new iconic poster cat, you're showing just why YOU stand out in this league. I have nothing left to say except how thrilling this has been! I wish you the best of luck in the final scores! --Adrian Lowe

Well said, man. Very heartfelt. Please know that my score is based more on what I was hoping for in a final round dunk, rather than the pure athletic skill of that jump. Listen to that crowd! Someone oughta get out a measuring tape... But I don't know, will you be the first since Howlin' Congo to win this thing twice? --Matt Lewis
So two years ago, you were in this exact position performing this exact dunk, and I remember everyone, including myself (I was judging then too!), watching in shock horror as you failed... But now, if this isn't redemption, I don't know what is. --Scott Masterson
Holy freaking heck. Mr Delmont, I may have slightly underestimated you in the previous rounds, but this is hands down one of the most amazing, powerful and jaw-dropping of sheer strength and athleticism I've seen in many years of covering the Dunk Contest. Not only this is the toughest act to follow, but I can see this being included in the highlight reels for years to come - the amount of air you got, the power, the determination, the showmanship, you really got it all.and brought it when it counted. I just know the bar couldn't have been put any higher, both for Williamson and any future contender. --Geoffrey Whitewater
Are you kidding me, this from outside the free-throw circle?! He was literally flying and would've invoke the one-flap rule despite not being an avian. Powerful dunk but the speech beforehand is just filler. --Tashira Rucson

Callum Williamson

Callum raises both arms to hype the crowd once more. He places the basketball on the floor near the basket. He moves back to half court and starts to run. As he hits the free-throw line, he does a cartwheel. As he rights himself, he takes his off-hand and scoops up the basketball, slipping it under his legs and passes to his "on" hand. He swoops it up and over to the rim, slamming it in down to his elbow, before hanging there for a moment. He drops to his feet to try and glance up at the scoreboard to see where he stands.

Adrian Lowe Matt Lewis Scott Masterson Geoffrey Whitewater Tashira Rucson Average Score Total Score
9 9 9 9 8 8.8 44
Mister Callum Williamson, everybody!

This is truly a dunk unlike any I've seen! The timing from righting yourself up from the cartwheel to the pass and being able to successfully dunk? All the way to your ELBOW? Callum, be proud of how far you've come and how you've blown me away. I hope the Albany Alpha's are watching and realizing what a star in the making they lost out on. Lorain is lucky to have you, kid! --Adrian Lowe

I honestly thought you couldn't do something like that, Callie. This gets my creativity vote between the two of y'all, though I gotta give Leon some credit for out-jumping you... man, this is gonna be tough! --Matt Lewis
Absolutely worthy of a final round dunk there! Like the previous two dunks today, it was definitely another technical joy to watch, and if it weren't for our other finalist today completely delivering expectations, I'd have given you the edge instead. --Scott Masterson
Dare I say the best final round in the contest's history? All in all, the execution was flawless, and I really liked how you kept some kind of continuity with the previous rounds - coming up with a dunk highlighting a masterful level of technique and athleticism as opposed to Delmont's sheer display of strength. In the end, though, I need to go with what I feel I have in my eyes - and as much as it pains me to, I gotta give the advantage to Delmont for what I saw in this round. Williamson, better luck next year - with what you showed throughout these three rounds, sky is truly the limit for you to reach. --Geoffrey Whitewater
Nice touch with the cartwheel toward the basket and again a very technical but showy dunk that is quite impressive to see! More dunks like this, straight to the point. --Tashira Rucson

Final Round Results

Contestant Points
Leon Delmont 47
Callum Williamson 44
Winner Runner Up

Recent Dunk Winners

2022 FBA 3-Point Shootout

The selected 16 3-point shooters, as voted by the fans, will face off through three rounds to see who's the best 3-point shooter in the league! Each round will consist of each player having one minute to shoot 25 balls, distributed in groups of 5 on racks surrounding the perimeter, with the last ball of each rack being worth 2-points instead of the usual 1-point. (These balls are referred to as the 'Moneyball'). The Top 8 scorers from the first round will move onto the Second Round, and from there the Top 4 will move onto the Finals. Whoever comes out on top in the Finals takes home the trophy! Should there be a tie at any point that would determine who moves onto the next round, a shootout will occur until the tie is broken between all relevant parties.

The Event took place canonically on Saturday, February 26 at 6 PM EST.

Contestants

Seed Player Team Height Weight
1 Terry O’Toole (Irish Wolfhound, F/G) Albany Alphas 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 250 lb (113 kg)
2 Matthew Silvius (Long-Tailed Weasel, G) Dakota Bikers 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 224 lb (102 kg)
3 Lauren Fash (Five-Lined Skink, G) Huntsville Mayors 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 208 lb (94 kg)
4 Derek Kim (Kkachi, G) Biloxi Voodoo 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 176 lb (80 kg)
5 Trevor Cruz (Painted Bat, G/F) Plymouth Taproots 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 217 lb (98 kg)
6 Jonathan Lawyer (Meerkat, F/G) Dakota Bikers 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg)
7 Narkissa Kassius (Ringtail Lemur, G) Albany Alphas 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 160 lb (73 kg)
8 Mikaylah Marley (Albino Wolfbat, G) Williamsburg Minutemen 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 180 lb (82 kg)
9 Kyler Inari (Arctic Fox, G/F) Arizona Whips 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg)
10 Zackary Cooper (Beaver, G/F) Edmonton Totems 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg)
11 Marcus Knight (River Otter, G) Texas Lone Stars 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 189 lb (86 kg)
12 Edwin Griega (Canada Goose, F) Lorain Firestorm 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 247 lb (112 kg)
13 Arther Selby (Rabbit, F/G) Tennessee Moonshiners 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 165 lb (75 kg)
14 Christian Ashbury (Peacock Mantis Shrimp, G) San Jose Thrust 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 158 lb (72 kg)
15 Unknown FBA Player Baltimore Spirits 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 150 lb (68 kg)
16 Melaine Thompson (Lioness, G) Queens Pride 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 160 lb (73 kg)

Round 1

The order in this round will be determined by seeding order, starting with the top seed and progressing down the ranking.

Terry O'Toole

The Irish Wolfhound is back in the 3pt Contest after missing last year, having focused instead on participation in the Dunk Contest. His first appearance in the 2020 3pt Contest saw him progress to the second round but could not make it into the finals. As the top voted player, he will start us off here and he surely wants to set a high benchmark to put pressure on those that follow!

But the start is not how he would like, missing the first three before finding his rhythm in the second half of the first rack; and while he misses the first of the second, he has no problems getting back on track by putting together a streak of five. But a string of misses at the halfway point certainly is not what he wanted, nor is the miss on the crucial moneyball on rack four. Time becomes his enemy heading into the final five balls, speed such a crucial factor for being able to get all 25 shots off in the limited time. The first two fall, but the buzzer sounds midway through his jump on the third. Meaning Terry O’Toole finishes the round with a score of 14. Not as high as he would have hoped, but he just needs to finish in the top half to move on to Round 2.

~Ryan Eastman (Peacock, FSPN)

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Terry O’Toole (Irish Wolfhound, F/G) N N N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N N N Y Y N Y Y - - -
Total Score = 14 0.8 2.8 4.8 6.8 8.8 14.7 16.7 18.7 20.7 22.7 28.5 30.5 32.5 34.5 36.5 42.3 44.4 46.4 48.5 50.6 56.4 58.5 60.6 62.7 64.7

Matthew Silvius

The weasel from Dakota heads into this contest having reached the final each of the last three years. Each time finding himself one point behind the winner. Will his 7th contest finally be the one he wins?

If Matthew was anything, he was consistently inconsistent. With the longest streak of either makes or misses being three, it all came down to if he hit those important moneyballs. In the end making only two of them, meaning that while the weasel currently sits in 1st with 16 points, that is hardly a comfortable score with fourteen more competitors to go.

~Ryan Eastman (Peacock, FSPN)

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Matthew Silvius (Long-Tailed Weasel, G) N Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y N N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N
Total Score = 16 0.7 2.6 4.5 6.5 8.4 13.5 15.4 17.3 19.3 21.2 26.3 28.3 30.2 32.1 34.1 39.2 41.2 43.1 45.1 47 52.1 54 55.9 57.9 59.8

Lauren Fash

A first time participant here in All-Star Week, and not for the lack of fan support. This will be Lauren’s first 3pt competition after choosing to withdraw last year. The scores ahead of the skink are certainly reachable, and all eyes will be on her to see if she can raise the bar.

And what a start she had! Her first three racks were nearly perfect, missing just once per rack as she blazed through the first half of the round, far outpacing either of our first two shooters. The fatigue becomes apparent though as she slides into the fourth rack where she misses two, one of which being the final ball of the rack which leaves two points on the floor. Even then with five balls to go she had already taken the lead! Despite a miss on her first she takes her time over the next three, preferring to not rush the shots and accept she would likely fail to get the final one off. It pays off with each of those three finding paydirt and setting a great score of 20.

A score that will be tough for the following competitors to beat no doubt.

~Ryan Eastman (Peacock, FSPN)

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Lauren Fash (Five-Lined Skink, G) Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y -
Total Score = 20 0.7 2.6 4.6 6.6 8.6 13.8 15.8 17.8 19.8 21.7 26.9 28.9 30.9 32.9 34.9 40.1 42 44 46 48 53.2 55.2 57.2 59.1 61.1

Derek Kim

Another familiar face here in the 3pt contest looking for his first victory. Derek Kim has been a regular participant dating back to his rookie year when he faced off against Matthew Silvius in the old style of head-to-head competition. After just missing out on the Final Round last year, the kkachi is surely excited to see two strong competitors put up beatable scores.

And does the bird come out soaring, only one single miss over the first ten shots puts Derek on a blistering pace. Even three misses on the third rack cna hardly phase Derek as he immediately goes on another tear, missing only one of the next eight shots. It’s the final rack where we finally see the bird is in fact mortal as he goes on to miss the final four shots, a difficult corner no doubt with no backboard to assist along with the fatigue that starts to wear on even the fittest furs.

~Ryan Eastman (Peacock, FSPN)

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Derek Kim (Kkachi, G) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N N N N
Total Score = 20 0.5 2.4 4.3 6.2 8.1 13 14.9 16.8 18.7 20.6 25.5 27.4 29.3 31.2 33.1 38 39.9 41.8 43.7 45.6 50.5 52.4 54.3 56.2 58.1

Trevor Cruz

Last year's 3pt Champion is back to defend his title. The road to victory last year started off bumpy, only managing to put up a score of 17 in the first round, just one point lower and he would have potentially been eliminated. With the current scores on the board, the painted bat is surely hoping to do better than last year’s opening round with eleven competitors still to follow.

It’s a great start for the bat, only missing one of his first five, but the top of the arc proves to provide some difficulties as a cluster of four misses within six shots. But Trevor’s nerves held and he continued to rattle off quick bucket after bucket. Only two more misses sneaking in over the final two racks, though he has to leave the final ball on the rack unshot. In the end it is unlikely to matter as he is now the 3rd fur in a row to score 20 here tonight!

~Ryan Eastman (Peacock, FSPN)

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Trevor Cruz (Painted Bat, G/F) Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y -
Total Score = 20 0.6 2.6 4.6 6.6 8.6 13.9 15.9 17.9 19.9 21.9 27.2 29.2 31.2 33.2 35.2 40.5 42.5 44.5 46.5 48.5 53.8 55.8 57.8 59.8 61.8

Jonathan Lawyer

Another former 3pt Champion takes the court next. After winning it all in 2019, the meerkat has struggled in the first round. Both of the past two contests have seen an early exit, once after losing a tiebreaker and the next finishing one point behind 8th place. Having seen the three previous furs put up impressive scores of 20, it’s now on the meerkat to keep pace.

But the basketball gods are a cruel bunch, missing every shot on the first rack is a nightmare of start and the frustration is evident on Jon’s muzzle as he moves on. The second and third racks only go marginally better with two makes coming from each, neither though from the moneyballs. Yet it’s like a light switch is flicked as Jon heads to the fourth rack, one…two…all five find their mark and his streak continues into the fifth rack. Unable to keep a fast enough pace means the final ball will not count, and Lawyer throws his arms up in the air, asking where was that in the first half. Because despite such a disastrous start, the meerkat finishes by making nine in a row.

In the end that is unlikely to be enough as he sits tied with Terry O’Toole with 14 points.

~Ryan Eastman (Peacock, FSPN)

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Jonathan Lawyer (Meerkat, F/G) N N N N N Y N N Y N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y -
Total Score = 14 0.6 2.6 4.6 6.5 8.5 13.7 15.7 17.7 19.7 21.7 26.9 28.9 30.9 32.9 34.9 40.1 42.1 44 45.9 47.9 53.1 55.1 57.1 59.1 61.1

Narkissa Kassius

Rounding out our final returning Champion, Narkiss Kassius will have one final opportunity to find a sister for her 2020 3pt Contest Trophy as the lemur is expected to retire after this season. Nearly at the halfway mark and anything short of a 20 will put her at potential of being knocked out, but if anyone can blast this competition out of the water it’s Narkissa who put up the 3pt Contest high of 25 points back in 2020 to secure the title.

Perhaps watching Lawyer struggle so much on the first two racks got into the lemur’s head, as she records four misses between the two, putting her pace more in line with Silvius instead of the leaders she needs to match. But she finds herself at home on the top of the arc, only missing one before putting together a solid streak of six. Yet the momentum isn’t enough to overcome the final corner rack as it once again strikes, only one basket falling for the lemur means she’ll finish the round with a score of 17, putting her in the middle of the pack at the moment.

~Ryan Eastman (Peacock, FSPN)

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Narkissa Kassius (Ringtail Lemur, G) Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y N N N
Total Score = 17 0.6 2.5 4.5 6.4 8.3 13.3 15.2 17.1 19.1 21 26 27.9 29.8 31.8 33.7 38.7 40.6 42.5 44.4 46.3 51.3 53.2 55.1 57 58.9

Mikaylah Marley

The wolf-bat is back for her third year in a row. After struggling in her first appearance back in 2020, it looked like she would not be appearing in 2021 until an untimely injury and a withdrawal, refer back to Lauren Fash’s writeup, gave Mikaylah a chance at redemption. One that she used, proving she belonged in these competitions by making it out of the first round. Can she do one better here and make it to her first Finals?

It’s not an ideal start for the wolf-bat, missing four over the course of the first two racks sets a pace that would leave her in the middle of the pack, and with eight contestants to go that is not where you want to be. The top of the arc started well until the final three refused to drop, which seemed to throw Mikaylah off. She tried to reset her rhythm but her already slow pace left little time for the final rack. In the end she left two balls unshot, and with the string of misses from the top of the arc eating into her scoring potential, she finishes Round 1 tied with Matthew Silvius with a score of 16.

~Ryan Eastman (Peacock, FSPN)

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Mikaylah Marley (Albino Wolfbat, G) N Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y N Y N Y Y Y N - -
Total Score = 16 0.8 2.8 4.8 6.8 8.8 14.2 16.2 18.2 20.2 22.2 27.6 29.6 31.6 33.6 35.6 41 43 45 47 49 54.4 56.4 58.4 60.4 62.4

Kyler Inari

Making his second showing in the three point contest in only his second year in the league, Kyler Inari is many fans' favorite to win this year. He's still young enough to have that upstart charm, but now he has another full year of impressive performances with the Whips to show for himself. After a disappointing first round exit last season, the arctic fox is eager to prove himself.

Maybe it's that eagerness that trips him up on his first set of five shots. In a flashback to last year's contest, he only manages 2 out of 5. After this, though, he focuses, slows down, and starts shooting with precision. It's a replay of last year - the more deliberate pace immediately begins paying off as he sinks 11 of the next fifteen shots. Showing just how much he's learned and grown over the past year, the fox then does what he couldn't the season before - he keeps it up. His gradual pace prevents him from finishing his final rack, but he still manages to sink his last three consecutive shots before he runs out. The performance leaves him with a decisive score of 20.

~Ernest Callaghan (Blue-Ringed Octopus, Divergent Media)

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Kyler Inari (Arctic Fox, G/F) N Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y - -
Total Score = 20 0.6 2.6 4.6 6.6 8.6 14.4 16.4 18.4 20.4 22.5 28.3 30.3 32.3 34.3 36.3 42.1 44.1 46.1 48.1 50.1 55.9 57.9 59.9 61.9 63.9

Zackary Cooper

One of the two sophomore players in the contest, Zackary Cooper is making his debut this year. The beaver appears focused as he steps onto the court, keeping his eyes on the net and not reacting too much else. Maybe it's intense concentration, or maybe it's nerves, but the younger half of the Totems' Beaver Bros is unshakeable as he takes his position.

Cooper is visibly metering out his breaths as he begins. His first two racks are solid, but unremarkably, sinking 3 out of 5 on each. On both he's able to sink those crucial final shots, netting him the extra points he needs. As he starts his third rack, that controlled breathing seems to click into place and get more natural, as he easily puts down 4 out of 5. That focus from the strong streak is enough to carry him through to the end of the contest, keeping him focused even as his accuracy drops somewhat. He finishes out the round with a showing of 17 points. It's enough to put him in position to qualify for the second round, but with six competitors left to go, it's anybody's guess if he holds onto that position.

~Ernest Callaghan (Blue-Ringed Octopus, Divergent Media) Terry O'Toole and Jonathan Lawyer Eliminated.

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Zackary Cooper (Beaver, G/F) Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N Y N Y N Y N -
Total Score = 17 0.7 2.7 4.7 6.7 8.7 13.9 15.9 17.9 19.9 21.9 27.1 29.1 31.1 33.1 35.1 40.3 42.3 44.3 46.3 48.3 53.5 55.5 57.5 59.5 61.5

Marcus Knight

There's a roar of applause as Marcus Knight steps onto the court for his turn. An eternal crowd favorite, the otter has made many showings in the three point contest. He's even had two finals appearances, the most recent being last year. Many fans and analysts have made it clear that it's just a matter of time until the Lone Stars' legendary captain takes the title home.

A hush falls on the crowd as Knight takes his position. As he begins his first rack, there's palpable anticipation throughout the stadium. The otter is calm and relaxed, and he takes to the contest with comfort that only comes from practice. His first rack is decent, but not impressive. His second goes similarly. The otter seems immune to the jitters that some competitors get, and his missed shots leave him unfazed. He isn't losing his calm, but as time winds down, it's becoming clear that these decent but unimpressive racks aren't doing the work to pull him up to the other contestants' level. He finishes off with a 14 - he seems unbothered, but it leaves him tied for the lowest score thus far.

~Ernest Callaghan (Blue-Ringed Octopus, Divergent Media) Marcus Knight Eliminated.

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Marcus Knight (River Otter, G) N N Y N Y N N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y N N Y N Y N Y Y -
Total Score = 14 0.8 2.8 4.8 6.8 8.8 14.1 16.1 18.1 20.1 22.1 27.4 29.4 31.4 33.4 35.4 40.7 42.7 44.7 46.7 48.7 54 56 58 60 62

Edwin Griega

Edwin Griega steps onto the court with confidence. After having to withdraw from the competition the previous year due to an injury, this is only the goose's second time competing in the three point contest. He steps up to his starting position, and shakes himself out before settling down into a ready stance.

The goose gets off to a bit of a rough start, making only 2 of the 5 shots in his first rack. After missing the first shot of his second rack, his third straight miss, he visibly pauses and collects himself. He starts shooting again, being more deliberate with setting up and loosing his shots. It begins to show results, as his accuracy gradually improves. Despite seeming to have overcome his struggle with his nerves, it's the competition against the clock that ultimately gets to him. Griega's time runs out with two shots remaining, and he's left with a score of 13.

~Ernest Callaghan (Blue-Ringed Octopus, Divergent Media) Edwin Griega Eliminated.

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Edwin Griega (Canada Goose, F) N Y Y N N N Y N Y N Y Y N Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N - -
Total Score = 13 0.5 2.5 4.5 6.5 8.5 14.2 16.2 18.2 20.2 22.2 27.9 29.9 31.9 33.9 35.9 41.6 43.6 45.6 47.6 49.6 55.4 57.4 59.4 61.4 63.4

Arther Selby

One of the busiest athletes during 2022's All Star Weekend, Arther is fresh off of competing in the dunk contest, and hyping himself up for the All Star Game in a couple days. Maybe it's the exhaustion from the previous night's performance that makes him miss his first two attempts. After those failures, though, he takes a deep breath and seems to center himself. He proceeds to sink his next six consecutive shots, to mounting applause and roaring from the crowd.

After that burst of focus, his nerves start catching up to him again. He misses one, followed by three more consecutive successful shots. That one miss seems to have shaken his confidence, though - the rest of his performance is hit or miss. His strength during the initial stretch yields him a score of 19 - a respectable result, but after so many previous strong showings, will it be enough to advance him to the second round?

~Ernest Callaghan (Blue-Ringed Octopus, Divergent Media)

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Arther Selby (Rabbit, F/G) N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y N Y Y N N
Total Score = 19 0.7 2.7 4.6 6.5 8.5 13.5 15.4 17.4 19.4 21.3 26.3 28.2 30.1 32 33.9 38.9 40.9 42.8 44.7 46.7 51.7 53.6 55.5 57.4 59.3

Christian Ashbury

A long-time favorite in San Jose for his three-point shooting skills, San Jose's mantis shrimp takes to the court. This is his first year taking part in the contest, and at first it seems like this might be his year. His first set of shots puts forward a strong showing, as he manages four of his five baskets with ease. That infamous cannon arm of his is ruthlessly efficient, and the crowd reflects his growing momentum with their building excitement.

Moments later, though, the energy deflates. Something has thrown off the shrimp's consistent execution, and his next two sets fall apart. He manages only one of the next ten shots, the frustration showing on his face. He takes a moment to recenter himself as he moves back into position, and is able to get some of his rhythm back for the last two sets of shots. It isn't enough to salvage those two failed sets, though - time runs out shortly after his second-to-last attempt with only 12 points on the board.

~Ernest Callaghan (Blue-Ringed Octopus, Divergent Media) Christian Ashbury Eliminated.

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Christian Ashbury (Peacock Mantis Shrimp, G) Y N Y Y Y N N N N N Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y N N N Y -
Total Score = 12 0.5 2.5 4.5 6.5 8.5 13.7 15.7 17.7 19.7 21.7 26.9 28.9 30.9 32.9 34.9 40.1 42.1 44.1 46.1 48.1 53.3 55.3 57.3 59.3 61.3

Eliza Mae duPont

Another first time competitor, Eliza Mae duPont is all cool confidence as she steps out for her turn on the court. Baltimore's star guard has plenty of experience taking part in all star games, but this is her first chance to square off against the other three point specialists in the league. There's a definite sense of anticipation throughout the stadium as she starts her round.

Her first two racks are a mixed bag - going four for five in the first and one for five in the second. Afterwards she manages to level herself out. She seems to be able to avoid the nerves that undermine so many other competitors, but she doesn't seem able to sink into a groove, either. The rest of her round goes by with the mouse making more shots than she misses, but never with quite enough consistency to elevate her to some of the previous competitors' performances. She finishes out with 16 points. It's a respectable showing, and leaves her tied three ways with Sivius and Marley for that final slot in the second round, with only one player left to compete.

~Ernest Callaghan (Blue-Ringed Octopus, Divergent Media)

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Unknown FBA Player Y Y Y N Y N N Y N N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y -
Total Score = 16 0.7 2.7 4.7 6.6 8.6 13.7 15.7 17.6 19.6 21.6 26.7 28.7 30.6 32.5 34.4 39.5 41.4 43.3 45.3 47.3 52.4 54.3 56.3 58.3 60.3

Melaine Thompson

Melaine Thompson is making her second appearance in the three point contest. After a disappointing first round exit last season, she's eager to prove herself. It will be an uphill battle, though - the lioness will need to clear a 16 if she wants to guarantee herself that coveted final slot in the second round.

Thompson's first rack is a mixed bag. She makes three of her first four shots, but misses that crucial final shot of the rack. She proceeds to miss her next two, and the feeling of the energy leaving the stadium is palpable - she'll need to do much better than this to advance. Apparently understanding this, Thompson slows herself down, and starts firing with more precision. She makes shot after shot, missing only one of her next ten shots. With fifteen seconds left in her round, she's at 14 points. Her next two shots go wide. Just as suspicions of her choking start to arise, she sinks her crucial final shot of her rack, bringing her to 16 points with only ten seconds remaining. She misses her next shot, but her next two go in clean, cementing her place in the next round. The crowd erupts as her time runs out, leaving her with a total of 18.

~Ernest Callaghan (Blue-Ringed Octopus, Divergent Media) Matthew Silvius, Mikaylah Marley, and Eliza Mae duPont Eliminated.

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Melaine Thompson (Lioness, G) Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N N Y N Y Y - -
Total Score = 18 0.8 2.8 4.8 6.8 8.8 14.3 16.3 18.3 20.3 22.3 27.8 29.8 31.8 33.8 35.8 41.3 43.3 45.3 47.3 49.3 54.8 56.8 58.8 60.8 62.8

Round 1 Results

Contestant Points
Lauren Fash 20
Derek Kim 20
Trevor Cruz 20
Kyler Inari 20
Arther Selby 19
Melaine Thompson 18
Narkissa Kassius 17
Zackary Cooper 17
Matthew Silvius 16
Mikaylah Marley 16
Eliza Mae duPont 16
Terry O'Toole 14
Jonathan Lawyer 14
Marcus Knight 14
Edwin Griega 13
Christian Ashbury 12
Eliminated

Round 2

Lauren Fash

After a strong round one, Lauren Fash will have the opportunity to apply the pressure by being the one to set the benchmark to beat here in Round 2. The margin of error for these competitors is small with only four furs moving on into round two.

However the adrenaline seems to have worn off for the skink, as she puts up a stinker of a first rack, only managing to come away with one point. She seems to get back into her groove to start the second but can’t shake the bricks as another moneyball bounces off the rim short. By rack four you have to be feeling for the skink, having missed nine of the first fifteen, and not hitting a single moneyball, is certainly not the type of showing she wanted to put up.

The situation doesn’t seem to weigh on her though as she puts up a solid rack four, even managing to hit the final ball worth two! But in the end that is the best rack she can put up and as time expires before she can shoot the last ball, Lauren puts up a score of 13. A disappointing follow up to such a strong Round 1, but she just needs to be better than four to move onto the finals.

~Ryan Eastman (Peacock, FSPN)

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Lauren Fash (Five-Lined Skink, G) N N Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y -
Total Score = 13 0.7 2.7 4.7 6.7 8.6 13.8 15.8 17.8 19.8 21.8 27 28.9 30.9 32.9 34.8 40 41.9 43.9 45.9 47.9 53.1 55.1 57.1 59.1 61.1

Derek Kim

Up next is Derek Kim. One would expect a veteran of this competition would pay no mind to those that go before them, but you have to wonder how following such a performance can impact a players mindset. Do nerves creep in after seeing a strong competitor struggle? Or does a low mark to beat inspire confidence?

To start it might be the former is true, as Derek’s round starts with three straight misses. A far departure from the kkachi that was perfect from this corner in the previous round. The misses don’t seem to faze Derek, as he gets back on track to finish the rack on a high note, and carries the momentum into the second rack where he only has one fall short of the net. From there it’s business as usual for the kkachi, some disappointing misses on the moneyballs in rack three and four means he goes into the final rack tied with Fash with a score of 13. However those five balls are all he needs to build a significant lead, nailing all but one to finish the round with a respectable score of 18.

While not guaranteed to move on, that score will certainly put some pressure on those to come.

~Ryan Eastman (Peacock, FSPN)

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Derek Kim (Kkachi, G) N N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y N N Y Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y
Total Score = 18 0.8 2.7 4.6 6.5 8.4 13.3 15.2 17.1 19 20.9 25.8 27.7 29.6 31.5 33.4 38.3 40.2 42.1 44 45.9 50.8 52.7 54.6 56.5 58.4

Trevor Cruz

Cruz will have the next go, if he can match his performance from the first round he could practically guarantee making the finals and have a chance to be our first repeat champion in a long time.

Though this first corner is once again proving to be a big problem for these furs. Between Fash, Kim, and Cruz they missed only two shots combined from this corner in the first round. But now it has become a curse as Trevor only manages to hit the last two. However we saw Derek face a similar rough start and still manage to put up a good score.

Rack two proves to be just as difficult for the bat as he only walks away with an additional two makes. Not until racks three and four do we see the usually sure pawed bat come out to play, putting together a great second half by making all but two shots. Whereas Kim struggled going into the final rack, Trevor has put himself in a great position with a score of 15 with five balls to go. But time is becoming a major concern as he launches the first ball with only 6 seconds left on the clock! He tries to rush the next three shots but it’s clear that’s thrown him off rhythm as he’s only able to make one fall of the four he managed to get off before the buzzer sounded. A disappointing final rack for sure, but with a score of 16 the bat sits in the middle and will have to see what the next five competitors manage to do.

~Ryan Eastman (Peacock, FSPN)

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Trevor Cruz (Painted Bat, G/F) N N N Y Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y N -
Total Score = 16 0.6 2.6 4.6 6.6 8.6 13.9 15.9 17.9 19.9 21.9 27.2 29.2 31.2 33.2 35.2 40.5 42.5 44.5 46.5 48.5 53.8 55.8 57.8 59.8 61.8

Kyler Inari

Second year arctic fox has a good opportunity to push himself into his first 3pt contest finals with a good score here. Higher than a 18 would practically guarantee a spot, but with the competitors still to follow anything less than that will put him at risk.

Unlike the first three competitors the first corner rack is fairly kind to the fox, but missing that crucial final ball does mean he only keeps pace with Derek and Trevor. Rack two is trouble for the young fox, but takes an extra half second on the final ball and manages to make it. But he’ll need to be mindful of his pace as he’s already half a second behind Cruz at this point and he was only just able to get the second to last ball off in time.

Racks three and four are a bag of inconsistencies, trading makes and misses at the worst time, missing both moneyballs, and enters the final rack with only 11 points and a handful of seconds to get through them. The first two are good but the buzzer sounds as he releases the third…but no need for a review as it bounces off the front of the iron and back towards the fox.

A disappointing showing puts him in a tie with Lauren Fash with a score of 13.

~Ryan Eastman (Peacock, FSPN)

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Kyler Inari (Arctic Fox, G/F) N Y Y Y N N N Y N Y Y Y N Y N Y N Y N N Y Y N - -
Total Score = 13 0.8 2.8 4.8 6.8 8.8 14.6 16.6 18.6 20.6 22.6 28.4 30.4 32.4 34.4 36.4 42.2 44.2 46.2 48.2 50.2 56 58 60 62 64.1

Arther Selby

Arther Selby is as calm and confident as he often appears to be on the court. There's none of that frequent anxiety or distress that shows up on the rabbit's social media feeds. He moves into position to start his round, and takes his first ball.

Maybe it's the exhaustion of the busy weekend for the rabbit finally catching up to him, but the opening is rough. He goes two for five on his first three racks. Fans that may only know the rabbit for his social media presence might expect him to start panicking, but those who follow the Moonshiners know better. The rabbit goes wide on the first two shots of his fourth rack, but then after that things seem to click into place. He settles into a grove, and appears to have no trouble sinking the next six shots in a row. He's even able to finish out his final rack and land that money shot, leaving him with a score of 17. That may have been the magic number for making it into round 2, but it remains to be seen if that will be enough to carry the rabbit into the final round.

~Ernest Callaghan (Blue-Ringed Octopus, Divergent Media)

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Arther Selby (Rabbit, F/G) N N Y Y N N N N Y Y N N Y N Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
Total Score = 17 0.8 2.7 4.7 6.6 8.5 13.5 15.4 17.4 19.3 21.2 26.2 28.2 30.1 32 33.9 38.9 40.8 42.7 44.6 46.5 51.5 53.4 55.3 57.2 59.1

Melaine Thompson

Melaine Thompson's exciting performance at the end of the previous round earns her a healthy dose of applause as she makes her way onto the court. Nobody's expecting a repeat of that tense and electric showing, but they're eager to see what the lioness will bring to the table. It starts off pedestrian enough - she goes three for five on her first rack, managing to hit the moneyball. She misses the first shot of the second rack, and maybe people's hopes for an exciting round were starting to falter.

But after that? It's poetry in motion.

15, count them, 15 successful shots in a row. With each consecutive ball that goes in, you can feel the excitement mounting in the stadium. For the first seven, the lioness is all cool confidence. As her streak stretches on, and especially once it crosses over the tenth basket, everybody in the stadium can see the smile trying to sneak onto her face. By thirteen it's clear she wants to laugh with delight. At the end of the streak, it's clear that the delight has shot her focus. Thompson's final two shots before she runs out of time go wide, but it doesn't matter. The crowd erupts, and the lioness pumps her fist in the air. 22 points. Astonishing.

~Ernest Callaghan (Blue-Ringed Octopus, Divergent Media)

Kyler Inari and Lauren Fash Eliminated.

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Melaine Thompson (Lioness, G) Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N - -
Total Score = 22 0.6 2.6 4.6 6.6 8.6 14.1 16.1 18.1 20.1 22.1 27.6 29.6 31.6 33.6 35.6 41.1 43.1 45.1 47.1 49.1 54.6 56.6 58.6 60.6 62.6

Narkissa Kassius

After narrowly making the cut in the previous round, Narkissa has a slightly different energy stepping out onto the court. It's more focused, a bit more intense. It may be her final year to compete in the contest, but that razor focus makes it clear to anybody that might doubt her that she's still got everything it takes to be a champion. She steps up to the first rack, and starts.

The first rack is rough. She only manages two of the five shots. The second isn't much better - she manages 3, but she misses out on that crucial moneyball. A weaker or less experienced player might lose their focus at this point, but Narkissa's a different breed. She steps up to the third rack, positions herself, and proceeds to sink every ball in the rack. She then moves on to her final racks, goes 3 for 5 in each, finishing her final shot with plenty of time to spare. All told, the performance nets her an impressive 19.

~Ernest Callaghan (Blue-Ringed Octopus, Divergent Media)

Trevor Cruz Eliminated.

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Narkissa Kassius (Ringtail Lemur, G) N N Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
Total Score = 19 0.5 2.4 4.3 6.2 8.1 13.1 15 16.9 18.8 20.7 25.7 27.7 29.6 31.6 33.6 38.6 40.5 42.4 44.3 46.2 51.2 53.1 55 56.9 58.9

Zackary Cooper

Last to step onto the court is Zackary Cooper. It's a blessing and a curse to go last - the beaver knows exactly what he needs in order to advance. He needs a 17 in order to force a shootout for the final spot with Selby. Any higher and he's earned his spot clean, and any lower and he's out. The beaver seems just as set and focused as he steps up to the first rack of balls as he was for the first round.

Things start out promising as the beaver makes his first three baskets. After that he falters, though, and misses the next two, including that precious moneyshot. Ending on those two misses seems to get into his head as he starts at the next rack, missing his next two with the frustration showing clearer on his face. When it seems like his focus might fully slip, though, he manages his next shot. That seems to be enough to start to reset his focus and confidence. He's able to settle into a rhythm, hitting the next five in a row. The next one he slips, but then he goes on another short spree, hitting four straight. Trouble rears his head as he misses the final two shots of that rack, though, leaving him at 15 points with five shots and seven seconds to go. The crowd holds his breath as he starts his final rack, hitting one, then two, and then the crucial third shot to put him up to 18. The beaver's grinning even as he misses his next shot and the timer runs out - he's managed to clinch his shot in the finals.

~Ernest Callaghan (Blue-Ringed Octopus, Divergent Media)

Arther Selby Eliminated.

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Zackary Cooper (Beaver, G/F) Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N -
Total Score = 18 0.5 2.5 4.5 6.5 8.5 13.7 15.7 17.7 19.7 21.7 26.9 28.9 30.9 32.9 34.9 40.1 42.1 44.1 46.1 48.1 53.3 55.3 57.3 59.3 61.3

Round 2 Results

Contestant Points
Melaine Thompson 22
Narkissa Kassius 19
Derek Kim 18
Zackary Cooper 18
Arther Selby 17
Trevor Cruz 16
Lauren Fash 13
Kyler Inari 13
Eliminated

Final Round

Melaine Thompson

After a dazzling first two rounds, Melaine Thompson steps onto the court to a deafening roar from the crowd. The lioness is clearly having to work to keep her excitement in check. She steps up to her first rack, and the roar from the crowd dies down. She takes a few deep breaths to center herself, and then begins.

It's a promising start, with three consecutive successful shots in the first set. She fumbles on the last two. The lioness is visibly gathering her focus as she walks on to her second rack. She squares off, starts shooting, and seems to find that same groove she was in during the second round. Five straight balls go into the hoop. She sets her gaze as she steps over to the next rack, and starts again. She maintains that focus for four more straight shots, before finally missing. The rest of her round is a mixed bag, and the buzzer sounds before she can get her last two shots off. It leaves her with a total of 18 - a strong showing, but all of her opponents have met or exceeded that in the contest previously.

~Ernest Callaghan (Blue-Ringed Octopus, Divergent Media)

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Melaine Thompson (Lioness, G) Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N Y Y N N Y - -
Total Score = 18 0.6 2.6 4.6 6.6 8.6 14.1 16.1 18.1 20.1 22.1 27.6 29.6 31.6 33.6 35.6 41.1 43.1 45.1 47.1 49.1 54.6 56.6 58.6 60.6 62.6

Narkissa Kassius

Narkissa is up next, preparing for her final attempt at a 3 point contest title. The lemur has a long and storied history in both the league and the contest, and people are ready to see her final go.

Maybe it's the reflection on that history that throws off Kassius' focus for the start of the round. Either way, it's a brutal first two racks, with the Alpha's legendary guard only managing one basket. Most players' focus might have fully broken after that, but most players are Narkissa Kassius. She misses the first shot of rack three, before finally sinking one - her first success in the past nine attempts. She refocuses on the go, and starts shooting again. She goes three for five in racks three and four, and then steps up to her final rack. At this point, she's at 8 points, with only 6 potential points left on the table for her. Victory is out of her reach. She pauses for a moment before starting, and then with lightning speed and precision, she shoots five times. Five balls go through the hoop. At only a 14, the lemur won't be taking home the title tonight, but she's still greeted with a roar of applause as she shows exactly what she can do.

~Ernest Callaghan (Blue-Ringed Octopus, Divergent Media)


Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Narkissa Kassius (Ringtail Lemur, G) N N Y N N N N N N N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y
Total Score = 14 0.6 2.5 4.4 6.3 8.2 13.2 15.1 17 19 20.9 25.9 27.8 29.7 31.6 33.5 38.5 40.4 42.4 44.3 46.2 51.2 53.1 55 56.9 58.9

Narkissa Kassius Eliminated.

Derek Kim

Multi-time 3 point competitor Derek Kim takes the court. 18 is the score to beat, and the kkachi has exceeded or matched that in the previous two rounds. With Kassius eliminated, Kim is many fans and analysts' favorite for the title this year.

Unlike his first round performance, with its hot and cold streaks, Kim puts up a consistent and reliable performance throughout the final round. For almost all of the racks he's sinking more balls than he's missing, resulting in a steady, consistent climb of his point total. Missing his second and third moneyballs don't seem to shake him - the Voodoo's playmaker and long range expert has sharper nerves than that. You can feel the stadium holding its breath as he starts on his final rack, with a total of 14 points and 14 seconds remaining. He takes his time with his final shots, sinking two of the first four shots, and leaving him at 16. He's got ample time to line up his last shot, that crucial moneyball that could tie him with Thompson's leading score. He sights his shot, he rises, he shoots. The ball hits the backboard, bounces down… and rolls off the rim. Kim visibly lets out a long breath, his final score of 16 not being enough to pull him into the lead.

~Ernest Callaghan (Blue-Ringed Octopus, Divergent Media)

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Derek Kim (Kkachi, G) Y N Y N Y Y Y N Y N Y N Y N N Y N Y Y Y N Y N Y N
Total Score = 16 0.7 2.6 4.5 6.4 8.3 13.2 15.1 17 18.9 20.8 25.7 27.6 29.5 31.4 33.3 38.2 40.1 42 43.9 45.8 50.7 52.6 54.5 56.4 58.3

Derek Kim Eliminated.

Zackary Cooper

Having just scraped by in the previous two rounds, and watched two legendary players fail to measure up to Thompson's score, there's certainly a lot of pressure on Zackary Cooper. The beaver's previous two scores were a 17 and an 18 - pretty consistent, and within range of that coveted score of 18 that he needs to match the lioness. The sophomore from Edmonton is as focused as ever as he starts the final attempt of the 2022 3 point contest.

It's a rough start. Cooper only goes two for three on the first rack, though he does manage that moneyball. The next rack is even worse, with the beaver only sinking one ball. The beaver's breathing hard as he makes his way to his third rack - with only 4 points and fifteen balls left to go, he's going to need an impressive performance to stay in this. He squares off with the net, sets his gaze, and begins. The next set is good - three for five, plus that moneyball. Up to 8 points. And again on the fourth rack, leaving him at 12 points. He steps up to his final rack - 6 points behind, with 6 on offer, and less than 7 seconds left. You can feel the electricity throughout the stadium as the beaver starts shooting. With clinical precision, each ball goes through the hoop, but that clock is running out. He rushes the final ball, snatching for it even as he's letting go of the shot before. He rises onto his toes… and the buzzer sounds. He releases the ball, and it slips through the hoop. Too late. His total sits at a 16 - that last shot was too slow to pull him up to the tying score.

~Ernest Callaghan (Blue-Ringed Octopus, Divergent Media)

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Zackary Cooper (Beaver, G/F) N N Y N Y N Y N N N Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y -
Total Score = 16 0.8 2.8 4.8 6.8 8.8 14 16 18 20 22 27.2 29.2 31.2 33.2 35.2 40.4 42.4 44.4 46.4 48.4 53.6 55.6 57.6 59.6 61.6

Zackary Cooper Eliminated.

Contestant Points
Melaine Thompson 18
Derek Kim 16
Zackary Cooper 16
Narkissa Kassius 14
Eliminated

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Name Pos Min FGM FGA 3PtM 3PtA FTM FTA Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
Sophie Jackson PG 28 7 17 1 4 0 0 1 1 3 3 2 0 1 15
Sandra Harris SG 26.6 7 15 2 5 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 0 1 16
Daunte "D-Clawz" Jordan SF 26.8 5 12 0 0 0 0 1 3 4 4 1 0 1 10
Petri Saukkonen PF 27.3 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 13 3 0 0 4 1 2
Jay Samuelson C 27.6 4 12 0 0 2 2 0 8 0 2 2 1 0 10
Celestino Silva G 21.8 2 5 0 0 8 10 0 2 0 2 0 1 1 12
Amy Bleet G 18.4 1 2 0 0 4 8 0 3 1 0 3 0 2 6
Lucia Martina F/G 18.5 2 6 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 4
Jackson C/F 11.5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
Snoop Woof C/F 11.2 1 5 1 2 2 2 0 3 1 1 0 0 1 5
Guy Fierretriever F 11.6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 2 0 0
Lady BaaBaa F/C 10.7 2 4 0 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 6
Total   240 32 84 4 11 18 24 4 41 17 17 10 10 9 86

Asteroids

Name Pos Min FGM FGA 3PtM 3PtA FTM FTA Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
Taylor Swiftfox PG 26.7 2 7 0 0 1 2 0 0 6 4 2 3 0 5
Dixie Barker SG 26.6 9 23 2 8 1 2 0 4 4 1 0 1 0 21
Rudy Aquino SF 27.7 4 7 0 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 2 2 0 10
Melaine Jackson PF 25.8 4 11 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 8
Steve "WhiteHaus" Haumesser C 26.2 6 12 0 0 0 0 3 14 0 3 1 1 1 12
Jackson Keller G 22.9 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 1 0 5 2
Keanu Beaves C/F 19.4 1 3 0 0 4 4 1 4 1 3 0 0 5 6
Ludwig Logemann F/C 18.5 4 12 0 0 0 0 1 6 3 1 0 0 1 8
Jay-Zebra G 11.7 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Swan Stefani C/F 10.9 2 3 0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 5
Wiz Koala F 11.5 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 2
K. Diddy G/F 12.1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Total   240 35 87 2 9 11 14 5 46 17 16 7 7 16 83

Game Notes

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
COM 11 14 25 14 64
AST 22 23 21 19 85

   

Arena: Explorer Stadium, Huntsville, AL

Player of the Game: Sandra Harris - 16 pts, 4 ast

   

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