2023 All-Star Week

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The 2023 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 22nd through February 26th in Hawaii.

The five-day festivities included 4 events:

  • 2023 FBA All-Star Game
  • 2023 FBA Rookie Challenge
  • 2023 FBA Dunk Contest
  • 2023 FBA 3-Point Shootout

Participants in the events were voted in.

2023 All-Star Game

The participants were selected by the fans and the event itself took place canonically on Monday, February 26th at 8 PM EST.

All-Star Portraits

Western All-Stars Roster
Starters
Point Guard Shooting Guard Small Forward Power Forward Center
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24 Callum Williamson (Wallaby, G) 32 Matthew Silvius (Long-Tailed Weasel, G) 19 Zackary Cooper (Beaver, G/F) 33 Tyler Conley (Husky, F) 81 Scoonie Barrett (Otter, F/C)
Bench
Swingfur Swingfur Guard Forward Swingfur
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95 Yves Carbonneau (Arctic Fox, G/F) 13 Kyler Inari (Arctic Fox, G/F) 17 Kiara Hughes (Spotted Leopard, G) 22 Lucy Jo Heitkamp (Jumping Spider, F) 57 Berty Lavoie-Williams (Grey Kangaroo, F/G)
Reserves
Guard Guard
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24 Marcus Knight (River Otter, G) 11 Aditya Anggun (Balinese Civet, G)
Eastern All-Stars Roster
Starters
Point Guard Shooting Guard Small Forward Power Forward Center
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6 Andrius Vilkasaitis (Eurasian Wolf, G) 32 Arther Selby (Rabbit, F/G) 3 Terry O’Toole (Irish Wolfhound, F/G) 84 Michael River (Water Deer, F) 33 Jake Turner (Red Fox, C/F)
Bench
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3 Adge Martin (Hare, G/F) 4 Mikaylah Marley (Albino Wolfbat, G) 93 Eliza Mae duPont (Yellow-Necked Mouse, G) 69 Trevor Cruz (Painted Bat, G/F) 90 Luther Kierkegaard (Jackalope, C)
Reserves
Center Forward
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19 Kassius Waterson (North American River Otter, C) 25 Edwin Griega (Canada Goose, F)

2023 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 25th at 8 PM EST.

Rookie Challenge Portraits

Western Rookie Challenge Roster
Starters
Point Guard Shooting Guard Small Forward Power Forward Center
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9 Ravishu Khattar (Indian flying fox/yellow-winged bat, G) 14 Zuri Varne (Ribbon Seal, G) 7 Astrid Viktorson (Sabretooth Tiger, F) 11 Chet Mandaville (Northwestern Wolf, F) 95 Devon Dukes (Ferret/Otter, C)
Bench
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19 Mads Rindahl (Western capercaillie, G/F) 17 Bruno Valerio (Kangaroo Rat, F) 17 Raymond Lee (Dragon, G) 26 Tayfur Hendrix (German Shepherd , C) 63 Sunshine Makes-Snowfall (Wren, G)
Reserves
Guard Guard Alternates:
* Jonas Acosta
* Kenneth McField
* Bo Baldacci
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8 Tex Adriano (Emperor Tamarin, G) 0 Jonas Beckett (Thylacine, G)
Eastern Rookie Challenge Roster
Starters
Point Guard Shooting Guard Small Forward Power Forward Center
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7 Aurora Hopkins (Somali Cat, G) 14 Natalee Davenport (White-tailed Deer, G) 42 Blayke Evans (Blue Heeler, G/F) 31 Roy Bivens (Red Panda, F) 9 Marshall Tárrega (Orca, C)
Bench
Guard Swingfur Forward Bigfur Guard
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71 Shuggy Hoscut (Red Panda, G) 8 Lorenz Valerio (Kangaroo Rat, G/F) 20 Esmeralda Patterson (Capybara, F) 30 Alan Clemmons (Cheetah, C/F) 36 Jukora Collins (Tanuki, G)
Reserves
Guard Forward Alternates:
* Maria Kincade
* Daniel Osgood
* Mayzie-Mae Pelletier
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76 Maria Davenport (White lioness, G) 41 La'Tika Bambrick (Sifaka Lemur , F)

2023 Dunk Contest

Takes place Friday, February 23th at 6 pm EST.

Contestants

  Player Team Height Weight
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Anika Tonpo (Fossa, F/G) Lorain Firestorm 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg)
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Terry O’Toole (Irish Wolfhound, F/G) Albany Alphas 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 250 lb (113 kg)
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Desdemona Iverson (Yellow Perch, F) Bangor Tides 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 243 lb (110 kg)
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Margo Warrior (White-tailed Jackrabbit, C) Pittsburgh Keystones 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) 260 lb (118 kg)
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Kevin Malka (Giant Pangolin, F) Winnipeg Voyageurs 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 300 lb (136 kg)
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Maria Davenport (White lioness, G) Lorain Firestorm 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg)
Agapito Marchesi (Italian Greyhound, G) Baltimore Spirits 5 ft 0 in (1.52 m) 130 lb (59 kg)
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Callum Williamson (Wallaby, G) Montana Howlers 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)

-Marcus Baylor (Xenosblade), FSPN Sports analysist and one of the regular hosts of SportsDen

-Darren Hibbard (Lazarus), UFFLoffensive linefur for theGrand Rapids Dragons.

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

-Chuck Mandaville (Shay), General Manager of the Huntsville Mayors

-Jean-Étienne Tremblay (MartineauQC), UFFL running back for the Chicago Outlaws.

Round 1

Terry O'Toole

Terry O'Toole walks out to center court, leaning against the scorers table. He seems to be looking around, as if expecting someone.

After a few moments, he directs his attention towards the tunnel leading to the locker room. The opening riff from The Cahs 1978 hit “Just What I Needed” starts to play as his teammate, Jacky Lemon, struts onto the court, turning to give him a wink once she reaches the opposite sideline.

The player grins, grabbing a ball from the rack and performing a chest pass to his teammate. Both players take off at sprint towards the basket, as if on a fastbreak. As they approach the free throw line, the teammate performs an elbow pass, which the player catches in stride. He rises to the hoop, rotating 360 degrees in the air, then switches the ball successfully from his left hand to his right as he completes a windmill dunk!

Jean-Étienne Tremblay Darren Hibbard Marcus Baylor Chuck Mandaville Adrian Lowe Average Score Total Score
7 9 8 7 7 7.6 38
Neat dunk, nice pass from the teammated and dunking with authority like a big dawg! --Jean-Étienne Tremblay
Okay. . .I liked the buildup to this, and the back-and-forth with the assistant was a bit unorthodox, but this was a good thing as it clicked nicely. And the elbow pass--it's been a while since I've seen one of those so of course that got my ears to stand up before the big finish...the 360s and windmills are a staple in these. But I don't think they were pulled off to perfection like they were here, so a very solid and well executed dunk, and the use of the teammate wasn't overdone either. --Darren Hibbard
This was certainly a very intriguing dunk. Elbow passes are certainly very difficult to do in any setting, but his focus on being able to grab it and even go for the 360 dunk is very impressive! --Marcus Baylor
Did I miss something here? Sure, the elbow thing was interesting, but y’all actin’ like that was the dunk itself!” Chuck gives a bit of a laugh before continuing. “Nah, the boy did good. Everything was clean. Good spin. Good windmill. I didn’t quite get the song or the teammate for that matter. I donno. Maybe it had something to do with ‘teamwork’ or… somethin’. Anyway! Way to hype the crowd, and then pay it off. Simple. Easy. Perfect. I give it a 7. --Chuck Mandaville
Good job, Terry! For your first dunk, this was pretty simple. But nothing wrong with that! Short and sweet, right? I agree with Chuck on most of what he said, so!” he gives a thumbs up then fixes his fingers into his score. Seven! --Adrian Lowe

Desdemona Iverson

There's some confusion as a crew of a couple furs rolls out something large and covered in a tarp. A short line of volunteer kids follow along behind them, each one carrying a basketball.

The crew positions the large thing roughly under the net, then locks the wheels in place. Without further ado, they pull the tarp away to reveal a large, carnival-style dunk tank. Seated in the 'dunking' chair is Desdemona Iverson, holding a basketball. She waves to the crowd as the line of kids gets into place in front of the dunk tank with their basketballs.

The kids take turns trying to throw their balls at the target. Most miss - a couple manage to hit, but not hard enough to trigger the dunk tank to drop Desdemona. As the line begins to thin out, a tall red koi fighting fish steps out onto the court: Imelda Mora, carrying her own basketball under her arm. As the line of kids finishes their attempts at dunking Desdemona, Imelda steps up into place. She draws back her arm, and then drills her ball forward at the target.

The seat drops, and Desdemona falls into the water. There's a large splash, followed a moment later by the water roiling as the yellow perch thrashes with all of her muscles to kick herself back up through the water. It doesn't look like she's touched the bottom of the tank - she's powering herself up solely through the kicking of her legs and tail in the water. She breaks the surface, maintaining enough momentum from her swimming to launch herself up towards the hoop. She brings the ball around in both arms and slams the ball through the hoop, before hanging there from the hoop. Her long tail gives a few playful flicks at the surface of the water in the dunk tank below.

Jean-Étienne Tremblay Darren Hibbard Marcus Baylor Chuck Mandaville Adrian Lowe Average Score Total Score
9 9 10 8 9 9 45
Showing strength in a very clever way, being a powerback in the UFFL I realise how leg power is really important. C'était bin smart! --Jean-Étienne Tremblay
I don't know what to think or say about this one. I know this is a dunk contest, but a dunk tank? Sounds more like something I'd find on the boardwalk than All Star Weekend but again we're going all out here in the first round - I would've saved this for the finals. Gotta give props though, cause getting up the leg strength to power out of the water was impressive - I thought only a gator or a croc could pull this off! And of course, love getting the kids involved too! --Darren Hibbard
Now this is a great use of a prop! It was cute to have many young furs experience this moment as volounteers! Though of course, that's not the focus here, being able to jump out of the tank from underwater is a great showing of strength and athleticism that is too hard to ignore! Definitely gonna be interesting to see how this player tops this one. This may be the dunk of the night for me! --Marcus Baylor
During the entire performance, Chuck had his face slipped behind one paw. He tapped his pen as the kids line up, which then completely fell from his paw and rolled off the table once the kids started tossing the balls. Eventually, the dunk was completed, and the judges began their commentary. By the time it was Chuck’s turn to speak, he had both paws covering his face. The crowed goes silent as they wait for the stern wolf to give his verdict. His shoulders move once… two more times… then his voice cracks over the microphone… ’Dunk’ contest…! He then slowly reveals eight fingers from his face. --Chuck Mandaville
Adrian watched excitedly the entire time. So when its his turn to judge, he nearly jumps out of his seat to clap. Desi! Wow! Cool! Nice! he sits down in his chair then. I like that you had some young furs come and help. This will definitely be something they’ll remember for a long time! Also...if you’re going big now, for your first dunk, I can’t wait to see what your next two rounds are like! That's a 9 from me, Desi! --Adrian Lowe

Agapito Marchesi

Agapito and Mayzie-May Pelletier walk out onto the court, wearing matching gold uniforms that Pito designed; they glittered under the bright lights of the court and made even the tiny greyhound stand out. With the ball tucked under her arm, Mayzie moves to stand at the top of the key with her back to her little friend, who grins asthe music starts up; it’s “Made You Look” by Meghan Trainor. The petite canine turns towards his friend, Mayzie giving the greyhound a nod before she shifts to take a knee with her back still towards the dog, holding the ball in her hands as she waited.

Agapito turned towards her and started to jog, his pace picking up his speed with the music until he's at a dead run. With a nimble leap, he briefly lands his bare paws on Mayzie's back, launching himself off of her large form again in almost the same instant. As Agapito takes to the air, Mayzie throws the ball up so that the greyhound can catch it as he launches towards the basket. Holding the ball in both hands, he brings it back over his head and slams the ball into the net before performing a brief rim-hang, his feet dangling well above the court below.

As he releases, Mayzie has already moved to stand beneath the basket and deftly catches her petite pal in her arms where he strikes a playful pose before hopping down and waiting patiently with a big grin on his face to see what the judges thought of his successful dunk.

Jean-Étienne Tremblay Darren Hibbard Marcus Baylor Chuck Mandaville Adrian Lowe Average Score Total Score
7 7 9 5 8 7.2 36
Awww, that was a sweet tandem job, Great guts from ya to be in this competition due to your size, but you clearly show that size doesn't matter in a dunk contest sometimes. Bravo! --Jean-Étienne Tremblay
Hmm...I feel like there was something missing from this one. They should've saved the gold threads for the finals, but that's not it. I like the intro and leadup, but there should've been another element to this one as this seemed to be a bit basic. But hey, at least they made it and the hang and catch pulled back a little bit of the score. I just hope they make it through cause I'm sure they've got something planned for the next round. --Darren Hibbard
With the assist of elevating a player isn't something I am a fan of usually, certainly doing it off of a teammate can be difficult, especially when that same playing is the one passing the ball. It was a fun one so I'll be nice. --Marcus Baylor
Chuck reluctantly groans. “Ahh. I’m gonna have to agree with Marcus on this one. Not a huge fan of the jumping assist. I mean take the last dunk. That was…” Chuck snickered again. “a show of raw strength! Though. I’ll give credit where credit is due. How often do we see a five-foot dunker in these?” He thought to himself. “Whatchu say it was, Jean? Cute? Sweet? Yeah. I’ll agree… It was ‘cute.’ No frills… other than the uniform… Just up and over. That’s a solid 5.” --Chuck Mandaville
“Much like Chuck and Marcus, I think I would’ve liked a show of your own skills rather than needing the jump assist. Buuuut,” he nods and hums the song a bit to himself. “Fun song! Playful! And, like Chuck mentioned, not often we get the under 6 foot dunkers. Good job!” --Adrian Lowe

Anika Tonpo

Anika approaches onto the court smiling and waving to the fans, but her facial expression turns serious once she grabs the basketball from her spot on the floor. Dressed in her away team jersey, she lets out an exhale as she prepares herself and then dribbles her way toward the basket, going in a straight line.

She leaps high and twisting her body, she starts to pivot in mid-air counter-clockwise, while also positioning her grip on the ball to have it circle around her waist in the opposite clockwise direction. By the time the ball is in front of her body again, she grips it tightly in one hand while her body is flying backwards toward the basket, and then she arches her arm to make a literal backwards inverted tomahawk one-handed slam dunk, but while the shot it successful it lacks the usual force of a tomahawk dunk.

Jean-Étienne Tremblay Darren Hibbard Marcus Baylor Chuck Mandaville Adrian Lowe Average Score Total Score
8 10 9 7 7 8.2 41
Nice technique on that dunk, you really stepped into it, althought at the end you seem to lose a lil steam, But c'était bin cool! --Jean-Étienne Tremblay
Dude...if this is what they're breaking out in the first round, I'm really excited to see what they have in store for us in the later rounds! That they were able to get the ball around their waist was one thing, but while spinning in the opposite direction AND finishing backwards? Only thing that would've made this better is if they threw it down with a bit more authority but overall this was an incredible dunk! --Darren Hibbard
I am always a fan of the little things, and the use of movements of the body twerking in that way is extremely difficult. While it isn't the most impactful, I definitely give props to be able to use that athletism full within this dunk. Great way to start the contest! --Marcus Baylor
“Clean. Good. A good first dunk. THAT is how you start off in a competition. Ya got the good body movement, the height, and the control. What more could ya ask for? And by the way, Jean, Darren, y’all really think she needed to throw it in there? I saw finesse is this dunk. Whether it was on purpose or not…? I donno. I think the end result was graceful… and to the point. I’ll give that a 7. Good start.” --Chuck Mandaville
“Nice, clean, GOOD first dunk! You know how to keep your body in control to make a successful dunk without injury or needing to fix anything last minute. Job well done! I’m a little scared to see the rest of these first round dunks. Everyone is killing it! You got yourself a 7, Anika!” --Adrian Lowe

Kevin Malka

Kevin enters the court waving to the crowd, smiling as the spotlights reveal that he's wearing only a team (Winnipeg) themed speedo and a pair of sunglasses. With a smirk, he tosses the sunglasses to the side and catches a basketball thrown at him. He dribbles quickly and approaches a springboard set in front of the basket, one decorated to look like a surfing board. With a flourish he throws the ball into the air, hits the springboard, and catches the ball again mid-air before successfully slamming the ball home.

Jean-Étienne Tremblay Darren Hibbard Marcus Baylor Chuck Mandaville Adrian Lowe Average Score Total Score
7 5 7 6 6 6.2 31
Great show mon kevin, it was a neat dunk, but maybe you be able to do that without the springboard. --Jean-Étienne Tremblay
Brah. Really? Hope I'm not being too harsh but being a SoCal boy, I know a thing or two about a day at the beach and this would've been better off served for that. The swimsuits were kinda tacky, and the surfboard-shaped springboard? Totally takes away from their leaping ability. Only thing that kept this from being a complete wash was the force of the slam but other than that, this was a wipeout, dude... --Darren Hibbard
Aaaand there it is, our first assisted springboard/trampoline gimmick. While it can be cute on paper, it takes away from showing actual athleticism we know players in the FBA have. You're only hurting yourself using handicaps like that. Cute little swimsuit, but that's not gonna be enough to impress this ol' bear. --Marcus Baylor
Chuck’s paw moved back to his face. Now, now, Darren… We ARE in Hawaii… and he’s catering to the crowed… I’m just gonna look at the… Chuck’s gaze slowly rose before he winced and shuttered to himself. the, the, the… The DUNK! I’m just looking at the dunk! And…! It was good… Definitely picturesque… The high-flying dunk, not the… Chuck buried his face. My wife’s gonna kill me, he whispered into the microphone. But like I mentioned with Mr. Marchesi’s dunk, I’m not a fan of the assisted jumps. I want to see what raw power and skill a dunker has… But… I’ll give it an extra point for catering to the crowd… 6 Points… --Chuck Mandaville
Adrian, much like Chuck, seems to have a problem with…where his eyes should be. He’s able to watch the dunk in its entirety but then nods a lot while giving his score. You’re, uh, showing off your modeling skills, huh? And the hawaiian theme! he glances at Chuck before looking to Kevin. I like that you’re in the spirit of it all but like all my fellow judges said, I the jump assist takes away. You’re a power house, Kevin! I’m sure you could’ve done this dunk without the help of a springboard. I’ll give you a 6 today for this first round dunk. --Adrian Lowe

Maria Davenport

Maria cracks her neck at half-court for a second before nodding. She is tossed a ball from an assistant on the sidelines, and after dribbling it up to the free-throw line, she gives it an underhanded toss towards the glass of the backboard. As the ball bounces off the glass, she takes off, jumps up and does a windmill to slam the ball into the net before landing on the ground with a grin.

Jean-Étienne Tremblay Darren Hibbard Marcus Baylor Chuck Mandaville Adrian Lowe Average Score Total Score
8 10 8 7 6 7.8 39
Can't go wrong with the classics. Great form and did what it needed to do, numéro Un! --Jean-Étienne Tremblay
Whoooaaa. I'd have to say this is right up there with the dunk of the round right here - simple, yet explosive. Great distance on the jump, and then to catch and windmill it without losing the ball takes a lotta skill and concentration to pull off properly. I would put them through to the next round just to see what else they have in store for us...we could be looking at this year's champion if they pull off everything right! --Darren Hibbard
Very nice use of the back board to set up the dunk, a lot of dunkers have to be careful while doing so because you need to have precision to have the ball be in the area you want, which this fur has done tremendously! Very solid dunk as we continue an excellent showing on the first round. --Marcus Baylor
Chuck nodded as the other judges spoke. “Couldn’t say it better myself. Clean, classic, a great way to start in a competition. I mean, picture this dunk happening during a game?” Chuck whistled. “You’d have everyone out of their seats. Good work. A solid 7.” --Chuck Mandaville
“For a first timer in the dunk contest, you’re showing us you’ve got the stuff! Congrats and good job! Since its the first round, I don’t mind simple type dunks. Especially when they’re pulled off successfully! But may be a bit harder, er, flare wise? Compared to some others. Still! That’s a 6 from me.” --Adrian Lowe

Callum Williamson

Callum walks out to "Land Down Under," (it's sort of become his theme song for the dunk contest, especially after last year.) Standing in front of the hoop is Sandra Harris with a ball held over her head. The wallaby hypes up the crowd starting from one side of the court and then walks around to the other.

Mid-hype, the sound of a helicopter in the distance plays over the music, as the wallaby pivots and runs toward the helper and jumps, lifting his legs and tail in an upside down "T" as he performs a "helicopter" 360 over the Sandra, grabbing the ball under his legs as he reaches 180, and half-windmills it into the basket as he does.

He lands to the sound of the helicopter continuing "away" from the stadium, though it is drowned out by thunderous applause of the fans reaction to the successful dunk.

Jean-Étienne Tremblay Darren Hibbard Marcus Baylor Chuck Mandaville Adrian Lowe Average Score Total Score
9 10 9 9 8 9 45
Now that's showing some agility! Im sure you be able to jump over a rushing defender with that flexiblity, Belle job! --Jean-Étienne Tremblay
If that last one was something, this one probably just upstaged it! I mean, brah - save some for the next rounds! Some serious hangtime there, and to time the spin to take the ball at that point before coming around for the finish...I'd fall flat on my face if I even thought about trying that! I'm really looking forward to seeing what they have lined up in the next round cause if it's close to this, it's game over. --Darren Hibbard
What a dunk! Definitely one of the best one with the amazing visual and athleticism. The focus was certainly top notch when caressing the ball while doing that insane copter dunk! Very well performed and certainly a favorite round 1. --Marcus Baylor
Chuck’s jaw dropped. He then stood to his feet with both paws on the table. “Now I know I saw this move in a videa-game. My son plays it all the time. Marcus, y’all know what I’m talking about? Some fightin’ game or what-have-you. She does that same helicopter thing! Y’all know what I’m talking about?” As the judges stared at him, Chuck cleared his voice and sat back down. “Well… I did just mention skill and raw power and all that… But this dunk was… a… a… too… Oh, who am I kiddin’? 9.” --Chuck Mandaville

Margo Warrior

At her last foray into the Dunk Contest, Margo Warrior brought along a drum circle from her own tribe. This time is no different, but she has invited a troupe from local Hawaiians. She has them start playing and singing while she does her warm-ups. While this isn’t an official ceremony, she can’t help herself from performing a few steps here and there. As Guillaume Fortier steps up beneath the net and to the right, just off court, Margo picks up a microphone from the judges’ table.

“I’m a little far from home, but I wanted to invite some Native brothers and sisters to make our time a little more special. This event takes place on the ancestral lands of the Kānaka Maoli, and I want us to remember that even spaces like this can be sacred. Us Turtle Island folks might have totally different experiences, but we see each other surviving.”

Margo rarely spoke like this, but she liked to take what opportunities she could to remind folks of her roots. She sets the microphone back down and nods to Guillaume. She walks to the right corner of the court, just out of bounds, and bounces on her toes, preparing to dunk.

She signals to Guillaume by nodding again. As he tosses the ball up toward the basket, Margo sprints onto the floor. She times out her steps to reach the basket quickly but not too quickly. She jumps as the ball reaches the top of its arc and begins to descend. She catches the ball with her left hand and slaps it into her right. She curls her wrist to give her better grip on the ball and twists it as she transitions to her next movement. She wheels her arm around in a windmill motion, keeping the ball nestled against her palm and wrist. She successfully slams the ball into the basket. Her hand only grazes the rim slightly as she comes down to the floor.

Jean-Étienne Tremblay Darren Hibbard Marcus Baylor Chuck Mandaville Adrian Lowe Average Score Total Score
7 9 9 6 7 7.6 38
You got a good head on your shoulder sister. Sometimes athletes like us also are normal people with things that are important to us. Never forget about that. Way to bring it up in there for the dunk, although ya might have nearly wiped out. --Jean-Étienne Tremblay
Okay, okay...I was thinking that this was just another basic dunk to be safe and make it through to the next round but this is a case where something a little safer was the right move. The form was good, they caught it at the top of the arc and the slap from left to right added an element that needed to be done perfectly. Only downside was that they didn't catch enough rim or else I would've probably given them a higher score, but I'd like to see what else they can throw out! --Darren Hibbard
Another simple and solid dunk, great pacing and form. Nothing to complain with here. --Marcus Baylor
Chuck nodded during Margo’s introduction and again as the judges spoke. “I know nothin’ about this kind of cultural stuff or what-have-you, but I’m glad someone here does. It’s… ah… important… and, um… necessary… to bring us all together… as, like, one… and” As Chuck clearly stumbled over his words, the crowd started to stir slightly. “Um. Anyway! The dunk! Yes! Clean. Simple. Um. 6? 6!” --Chuck Mandaville

Round 1 Results

Contestant Points
Callum Williamson 45
Desdemona Iverson 45
Anika Tonpo 41
Maria Davenport 39
Terry O'Toole 38
Margo Warrior 38
Agapito Marchesi 36
Kevin Malka 31
Eliminated

Round 2

Desdemona Iverson

Desdemona walks out to the three point line, a ball under her arm and a towel around her shoulders - clearly she's just finished drying off from her first dunk. She gives the ball a couple testing dribbles, eying the net.

She takes a step towards the net, and then gives the ball a slow underhand toss towards the basket. As the ball sails upwards and forwards, she starts running after it. She jumps just as the ball hits the backboard and starts bouncing off. She turns her body in a slow, controlled 180, snatching the ball out of the air with one hand. As she finishes her 180, her arm goes up and around behind her in a powerful arc, before her palm slams against the hoop, successfully slipping the ball through behind her back.

She holds onto the hoop as the ball bounces off of the hardwood down below, hanging in the air and panting for breath.

Jean-Étienne Tremblay Darren Hibbard Marcus Baylor Chuck Mandaville Adrian Lowe Average Score Total Score
8 9 8 6 8 7.8 39
There was alot of thinking in that setup, the slow pace and spin was key in doing this dunk. You really been making a great mix of dunk this evening! --Jean-Étienne Tremblay
This was a nice dunk; the slow 180 and catching the ball at that point to finish was a nice touch and needed to be flawlessly executed, which they did. But now that we're in the later rounds, it was missing a little bit of that 'wow' factor that past finalists have broken out. They're gonna need some help to make it to the finals, in which I'm hoping they've got something real special lined up for it. --Darren Hibbard
While it was certainly was less impressive as the previous dunk, I do think it was still a great dunk overall. Especially since it should be a bit harder to grip the ball after taking a nose dive in a bucket of water! Another excellent showing from Iverson! --Marcus Baylor
“See?” Chuck said to the other judges. “Sometimes all you need is that body control and finesse. Buuuut. I do agree with Marcus here. With how last round went, this felt a bit safe. Still impressive. Still good body control and show of skill. I’ll give this one a 6.” --Chuck Mandaville

Anika Tonpo

Anika lets out a loud exhale as she readies herself with the basketball from the center of the court. She rolls her shoulders and then dribbles in a charge toward the basket! She builds up a significant amount of speed and just a few inches behind the free throw line, her feet leaves the floor in a leap, but their jump is lower than they would have liked. Luckily their speed before takeoff more than made up for it as they flew the entire 15 feet to the basket and slams it down with authority! Nothing fancy but all high-flying power!

Jean-Étienne Tremblay Darren Hibbard Marcus Baylor Chuck Mandaville Adrian Lowe Average Score Total Score
8 8 7 6 7 7.2 36
Talk about flying foosa there! a great leap, sharp and classic. --Jean-Étienne Tremblay
An oldie but always a goodie when converted. Nothing fancy, no gimmicks, just raw athleticism on display. But it's like a favorite movie in that you know the plot and you know the ending...it was well executed but I feel like it was too safe. If this player makes it through to the finals, they're gonna have to pull out all the stops if they want to win the competition - they've got the ability to bring the house down, now let's see ya do it! --Darren Hibbard
This one has been done pretty commonly in previous dunk but it is still impressive to see the amount of strength in how far one could jump and have a high enough arc in the basket! Anika has shown just that. While I am a bear that likes points without a lot of gimmicks, it would've been nice to be a bit more creative. --Marcus Baylor
“Another safe one, huh? Um.” Chuck sighed. “It was a little sloppy, but I think your speed saved you in the end.” Chuck tapped his pen as he thought. “I’d say it was at least as good as Ms. Iverson’s dunk. I’ll give this a 6 as well.” --Chuck Mandaville
“You’re getting it done here, Anika! Well done, well done!” a thumbs up from the feline. “However, for a second round dunk, I would’ve liked something a bit more. Hmm. Daring? Although I noticed you adjusted well with the speed you had - this dunk seemed like a safe one. We see how purely athletic you are. Use that! I’ll give you another 7 this time.” --Adrian Lowe

Maria Davenport

After a moment to size up the court and the approach, Maria nods once and moves to the from the middle of three point arc out to far to the left of the court, then crosses rapidly in front of the net. As she's rushing in front of the net, she does a jumping spin; however she puts too much power into the spin and not enough into the height of the jump. As she completes the spin she starts to over-rotate but still attempts to slam the ball into the hoop, but she comes just inches short as the ball bounces off the rim as the Maria lands on the opposite side of the net from where she started.

Jean-Étienne Tremblay Darren Hibbard Marcus Baylor Chuck Mandaville Adrian Lowe Average Score Total Score
6 4 1 3 6 4 20
Man, si proche, but great effort on this one gurl, you deserve kudos for the show you gave tonight! --Jean-Étienne Tremblay
Aww dude! These spinning dunks take so much coordination to pull off and while the end result is spectacular if it's perfectly executed, but too much spin and as we saw here, it's a total wipeout. What a shame, cause I was ready to throw up at least a 9 for this if they would've made it. But I do have to say that's a lot more than what a fat boy like me could do! --Darren Hibbard
Off unfortunate for Davenport not being able to get it done. It goes to show that these tricks can be difficult to pull off at times. Hopefully next time around Maria will be able to sink it if they end up back here next year. --Marcus Baylor
Chuck groans. “Unfortunately, this looked like it had the potential to be something great. But there was no control from the get-go. I don’t know if it was nerves or hearing our commentary for the last two dunkers, but it just didn’t happen this time. I’ll give some points for the effort, though.” He held up three fingers. --Chuck Mandaville
“Oh! Are you okay? Ah, that looks like it could’ve been something good! I mean, the leadup was good! But,” he gives an apologetic smile. “Good effort and congrats on getting into the dunk contest to begin with! I’ll be a bit more forgiving than Chuck and give you a 6.” --Adrian Lowe

Callum Williamson

A high bar is wheeled out, the kind that gymnasts use, and placed in front of the basket. Callum starts dribbling at half court, pumping up the crowd. When they are sufficiently cheering, he explodes toward the basket, dribbling as he approaches the high bar. When he's just in front of it, he jumps, spreading his legs like a gymnast, and slams the ball through his legs, down under the bar so it bounces off the court and flies into the air. He grabs the bar and uses his momentum to swing under it and convert some of his speed to additional height, as Callum lets go it looks as though he wanted to include a rotation but only performs a single somersault in the air. He successfully grab the ball from the air as he descends, managing to dunk the ball by guiding it in, though he is unable to hang onto the rim and land sloppily, stumbling into the foam padded goal backstop to come to a stop.

Jean-Étienne Tremblay Darren Hibbard Marcus Baylor Chuck Mandaville Adrian Lowe Average Score Total Score
7 6 9 7 8 7.4 37
Nearly wiped out there mon chum, but you had something planned and lucky for you it got in! --Jean-Étienne Tremblay
DOof...this could have been something spectacular. When I saw the high bar being put out, I was thinking this was something they were gonna try to incorporate into next year's Furlympics. I didn't think they would be able to complete it but they were able to so it wasn't a complete dud, though I might have given an extra point if they stuck the landing. But hey, I'd like to see them to try and bring this basketball/gymnastics mix to Paris! --Darren Hibbard
Consider me contreversial... But this one felt way too gimmicky for me, while yes it definitely shows athleticism in a way, I just felel it something to take away from the dunk itself. Especially since Callum landed awkwardly at the end. I may sing a different tune if the bar was lower than basket to up the difficulty I can certainly have more leeway. But I can't let it slide as much here. --Marcus Baylor
“Alright.” Chuck started. “But y’all gotta admit, this one was the most interesting one of the round? I got to see some skill and control. And sure, it was a little sloppy, but the boy did what he set out to do, while showin’ us what he’s capable of. That’s worth at least one extra point from me. 7.” --Chuck Mandaville

Round 2 Results

Contestant Points
Desdemona Iverson 39
Callum Williamson 37
Anika Tonpo 36
Maria Davenport 20
Eliminated

Final Round

Desdemona Iverson

A very tall, clear tank is slowly wheeled out onto the court, taller than even the basketball rim. Desdemona follows along behind it. She's carrying the ball under her arm, and has a ladder slung over her shoulder. The assistants get the tank into position and lock the wheels while Desdemona looks on. Once it's in place to her preferences, the assistants leave, and Desdemona walks over towards the net. She unfolds her ladder, and sets it up. The top reaches up to just next to the hoop.

Desdemona tests the ladder once or twice to make sure it's stable, and then climbs up it, that basketball still tucked under her arm. Once she steps up onto the top rung, she glances over at the hoop, now below her feet as she stands nearly 12 ft in the air. She makes a small, dismissive gesture at it, then points down at the tank below her.

On cue, a hoop within the tank lights up, making it easy to see throughout the stadium. This hoop is ten feet below the water's surface, about two feet from the base of the tank, and attached to the tank wall opposite of where Desdemona stands on her ladder.

Desi transfers the ball from under her arm to her hands, and gives it a couple small toss-and-catches. She eyes the tank and the hoop far below her, clearly measuring the distance in her head. She gives a small nod.

Desdemona jumps up, arms above her head and hands holding the ball. She leaps forward and tilts herself down into a diving position. The ball hits the water first, and with a deafening splash she breaks the surface. The buoyancy of the ball starts fighting against her descent. The fish immediately begins kicking her feet and her tail, her body moving in powerful sweeps. Between her momentum and the power of her swimming, she forces the ball down, and she swims in an arch down towards the hoop. Her arms are shaking with the effort of holding the ball down as she reaches the hoop, and she finally bends her body backwards. She successfully "dunks" the ball through the hoop after traveling 10 feet throught the water and finally lets go. She smacks the lit-up hoop with her hands as the ball rockets upwards, breaking the surface with enough force to bounce out of the tank and skitter across the court.

Inside the tank, the fish is still panting for breath through her gills, laughing as she holds onto the rim.

Jean-Étienne Tremblay Darren Hibbard Marcus Baylor Chuck Mandaville Adrian Lowe Average Score Total Score
10 7 7 8 10 8.4 42
I...love this man. I might be in the minority but I really like the creativity on this, showing strength in a dunk from another angle, using physics to show the dunk, You have my respect on that one. dix sur dix! --Jean-Étienne Tremblay
Alright... I hope I don't sound too rude here. However, I'm not really blown away by this dunk. While trust me, as a polar bear going that deep can be very difficult to do in any circumstances. Still, she is an aquatic species who already have the advantage on that front when it comes to swimming deeper than most furs. Which in turn makes the dunk's difficulty in question for me. If this was a water based competition I definitely would be praising it more, but I think having a 2ft basket and shoving the ball in the hoop doesn't do to much for me. It's certainly creative, but way too much of a gimmick dunk for my liking. --Marcus Baylor
“Okay, sure. Y’all can call it gimmicky, but you can’t deny that strength…” Chuck tapped his pen for a long while before sighing and speaking again. “Here’s what I’m thinking. There’s strength, there’s skill, there’s the show of it all, there’s the subversion of expectations… I think I would have been more impressed with the dunk had the ball came back out of the tank with more fanfare. Like maybe it went through the dry hoop. I donno… Ah screw it... I think it’s worth an 8.” --Chuck Mandaville
Adrian had tried to stay decently calm up until the final rounds here. But its all over when he sees the tank being brought out. Then watching, eyes glued, jaw agape, at the whole show/dunk. When its his turn to give his score, he hops up happily and claps. “DESI!” he points to the tank. Then to her. The tank. Back to her. “Oh wow!! WOW!! I tried holding a basketball under water one time and it hit me right in the face! To be able to perform a DUNK!? You really did bring it for this last round! And I couldn’t be more honored to be a judge for this!” theres no point in the feline sitting back down - hes much too hype. “The strength needed to successfully pull this off? As well as the creativity…the logistics of this all? My mind is blown, Desi! That’s a full 10 from me! By the way - do you give swim classes?” --Adrian Lowe

Callum Williamson

Callum takes his place just beyond the 3-pt arch near the sideline. He places a blindfold over his eyes and gets ready to shoot. Berty sneaks out in a comic fashion from behind the crowd and signals to the audience with a finger to his lips to make sure they don't say anything. He waves in front of the wallaby to see if he can see him, then quickly sneaks toward the basket, and acts like he's going to defend against the unknowing wallaby.

Meanwhile, Callum, seemingly finally ready, makes a blindfolded 3-point shot, before running in measured strides blindly toward the basket. Berty acts as if he's going to screen the wallaby, but ducks down at the last second as Callum jumps to grab the successful 3-pointer out of the air before it hits the ground, he nearly fumbles the blind catch as the ball had caught part of the rim on the 3pt shot, causing it to bounce slightly off of where Callum expected it to be. Instead of passing the ball between his legs, he switches to a two handed reverse windmill dunk, which he successfully makes, converting the "and 2," making it a "5 point play."

Jean-Étienne Tremblay Darren Hibbard Marcus Baylor Chuck Mandaville Adrian Lowe Average Score Total Score
9 10 9 9 9 9.2 46
Well that dunk seemed to have been planned to the last minute detail. It's clear that you two know each other really well and plan that hard. And that was such a great dunk, but with details everythings seem to be perfect....but you look like you needed to switch the ending did it? I noticed the hesitation in your eyes...like I see a defensive linemen not sure what to do or not sure who to cover, but overall, that a wonderful dunk! --Jean-Étienne Tremblay
See this is what I call a fantastic way to end a run at the dunk contest! First of all, Callum is incredibly bold for for blind folding himself for this particular dunk. Not only is he relying on grabbing the ball after hitting a three before hitting the ground, the timing has to be darn near perfect for him to make it in time before it bounces off who knows where, and he did it flipping BLIND FOLDED. That certainly takes dunk of the night for me personally! Even though the move wasn't initially what he was gong for it looks like due to the ball rattling in, it doesn't take away the amount of timing and skill it has to complete a dunk such as this. Bravo to you Williamson. --Marcus Baylor
Chuck groans. “This was a perfect example of how a mistake can elevate a dunk. That blindfold was crucial. I think it’s fair to say you had other plans with this dunk, but ya adapted to your situation and STILL came out successful. THAT’S what I like to see. A player is always under pressure to perform. So to see that quick-mindedness here in a competition.” Chuck gave an approving nod. “Well done, son. Well done. 9.” --Chuck Mandaville
“Here we are again, Callum! Final two of the dunk contest. It could go any way with you and Desi. But I couldn’t be happier to see you here again. You’re a force to be reckoned with! You’re an up and coming star and in the dunk contest, you just prove more that the sky is the limit for you! Or maybe its not the limit? Er.” he scratches his chin then continues. “The trust you and Berty have is incredible. This dunk needed to be perfect in every way so you two didnt slam into each other! Or, you know - a bad injury. Besides the tiniest detail that didnt seem in that perfection, this has been a dunk to stand out for years to come!” Adrian then reaches under the judges table to pull out a sign – a sign to cheer on the wallaby. “Made it last night! I’m giving you a solid 9, Callum!” --Adrian Lowe

Final Round Results

Contestant Points
Callum Williamson 46
Desdemona Iverson 42
Winner Runner Up

Recent Dunk Winners

2023 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 24 at 6 PM EST.

Contestants

Seed Player Team Height Weight
1 Matthew Silvius (Long-Tailed Weasel, G) Dakota Bikers 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 224 lb (102 kg)
2 Mikaylah Marley (Albino Wolfbat, G) Williamsburg Minutemen 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 180 lb (82 kg)
3 Kiara Hughes (Spotted Leopard, G) Santa Ana Spectrums 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 186 lb (84 kg)
4 Trevor Cruz (Painted Bat, G/F) Plymouth Taproots 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 217 lb (98 kg)
5 Terry O’Toole (Irish Wolfhound, F/G) Albany Alphas 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 250 lb (113 kg)
6 Zackary Cooper (Beaver, G/F) Edmonton Excavators 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg)
7 Kyler Inari (Arctic Fox, G/F) Arizona Whips 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg)
8 Jonathan Lawyer (Meerkat, F/G) Dakota Bikers 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg)
9 Lauren Fash (Five-Lined Skink, G) Huntsville Mayors 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 208 lb (94 kg)
10 Aurora Hopkins (Somali Cat, G) Tallahassee Typhoons 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m) 115 lb (52 kg)
11 Saphira Kelley (Blue Ocean Slug, G) Baltimore Spirits 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 157 lb (71 kg)
12 Dennis Summers (Kangaroo, G) Arizona Demons 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg)
13 Melaine Thompson (Lioness, G) Queens Pride 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 160 lb (73 kg)
14 Vera La Tiérra (Red Vixen, G) Williamsburg Minutemen 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg)
15 Yves Carbonneau (Arctic Fox, G/F) Winnipeg Voyageurs 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg)
16 Jean-Ferdinand Giroux-Krier (Scottish Fold-Chartreux Mix, G) Tennessee Moonshiners 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg)

Round 1

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

Commentary for the 3pt Contest was provided by Devon Kellendyne.

Matthew Silvius

First to take to the stage is Matthew Silvius, guard for the Dakota Bikers and multi-time 3-Point Shootout participant. He's made regular appearances in the contest since he joined the league, and has performed well at many of those, but the weasel has yet to take a championship. He's looking focused if a bit frustrated as he takes his position - he's no doubt hoping this will be the year he finishes the job.

His performance shows just how much experience he has with this competition. The weasel can't be stopped, sinking shot after shot. He winds up missing only three shots across his first four racks of balls, to increasing elation from the crowd. Silvius flags a bit on his final rack, only hitting two of the five shots. He's able to sink that final moneyball with time to spare, though, leaving him with a dominating score of 24, and as good as guarantee of making it to the second round.

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) Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
Total Score = 24 0.5 2.4 4.3 6.2 8.1 13 14.9 16.8 18.7 20.6 25.6 27.5 29.4 31.3 33.2 38.2 40.1 42.1 44 45.9 50.8 52.7 54.6 56.5 58.4

Mikaylah Marley

Up next is Mikaylah Marley, an albino wolfbat playing for the Williamsburg Minutemen. She's no stranger to the 3-Point Shootout either, though she seems a bit more patient and calm than her previous competitor as she approaches the line. As always when she competes, she's wearing her thick, heavily reflective glasses. They flash under the lights as she prepares to start.

Marley is calm and methodical as she starts her round, always giving herself time to site and follow through on her shots with solid execution. She doesn't hurry herself, even as she moves between racks of balls. She doesn't put on the dominating show that Silvius did, but she's able to gradually, consistently bring her score up. Her time runs out as she's reaching for her second-to-last ball, but she doesn't seem stressed. With a solid score of 19, she's set herself up well for the first round.

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 Y Y Y N N Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y - -
Total Score = 19 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

Kiara Hughes

The next competitor is a newcomer to the 3-Point Shootout, but no stranger to All Star events. Former dunk champion Kiara Hughes steps up to the line with a grin on her face, and raises a paw to the crowd. The applause is loud - the leopard is a crowd favourite, and more than a few people are excited by the potential of having a Dunk Contest and 3-Point Shootout winner.

That applause only grows louder as Hughes has a strong opening. For the first 3 rounds she's putting up solid numbers, only missing one ball on each rack. As she reaches the fourth rack, though, it seems like the leopard is running low on energy. She has a rough set, only managing one shot out of four. She's rushing a bit for her final rack, missing and then scoring two each. She's reaching for the final moneyball when the buzzer sounds. Despite the less than stellar ending, Hughes still smiles and waves to the crowd. Her final score is 16 - not bad, but not as secure as she would probably want.

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
Kiara Hughes (Spotted Leopard, G) Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N Y N N N N N Y Y -
Total Score = 16 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

Trevor Cruz

The crowd roars as Trevor Cruz takes to the court. The guard for the Plymouth Taproots is the first former 3-Point champion to compete this afternoon, and the crowd is excited to see what he can do. The often flamboyant bat looks focused as he takes up his position, and waits for the countdown.

Cruz doesn't get off on the right foot. His first rack goes by with only one point scored. He tries to get his focus back for the second rack, but it seems that rough start has shaken him some. The next few racks are better, but he's still missing more shots than he's sinking. By the time he reaches his final rack, he's well back of the other competitors. He's able to sink two more shots, but the buzzer sounds before he reaches his final ball, leaving him at 9 points. He pauses for a moment, then shrugs and picks up the last ball anyways. He takes a deep breath, then shoots. The ball swoops through the hoop, not even touching the rim.

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 N Y N Y N N Y N Y N N Y N Y N N Y N N Y -
Total Score = 9 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

Terry O'Toole

A hulking wolfhound is the next to compete. Terry O'Toole is the only contestant doing the full trio of events this weekend - the 3-Point Shootout, the Dunk Contest, and even starting in the all-star game. O'Toole's face is all focus and concentration as he steps up to his first rack of balls.

He's methodical as he competes, and it seems to be serving him well. He makes a point of squaring himself up with the net at each shooting station. The wolfhound is landing more shots than he's missing, and his points total is steadily climbing. It soon becomes clear, though, that he's taking a bit too long setting himself up. By the time he reaches the final rack, he only has enough time to shoot off one of the balls. It slips through the hoop, but those 4 unused balls are pricy - he's come out of the round with only 13 points to show for himself.

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 Y Y N N Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y N N Y Y Y - - - -
Total Score = 13 0.6 2.7 4.8 6.9 9 15.1 17.2 19.3 21.4 23.5 29.6 31.7 33.8 35.9 38 44.1 46.2 48.3 50.4 52.5 58.6 60.7 62.8 64.9 67

Zackary Cooper

Zackary Cooper is the next to take to the court. The beaver managed to make it all the way to the final round during his first appearance at the 3-Point Shootout last year, and he's no doubt eager to show that wasn't a fluke. The beaver has a calm smile on his face as he makes his way up to his starting point.

The beaver misses his first shot, but after that he's nearly unstoppable. Ball after ball slips through the hoop, and Cooper moves along with almost mechanical efficiency. The crowd grows louder and louder as his score climbs, and Cooper rides the momentum. By the time he's on his last moneyball, he's gotten himself up to 22 points. Sinking that last shot would place him tied with Silvius' incredible opening score of 24. The crowd roars as Cooper takes a deep breath, lines himself up, and shoots. The ball bounces wide off the backboard, though. The beaver lets his breath out, then raises a paw to the crowd. They roar - it's not the top score of the round, but he's as good as confirmed his advancement to the second round.

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 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N
Total Score = 22 0.6 2.5 4.4 6.3 8.2 13.2 15.1 17 18.9 20.8 25.8 27.7 29.6 31.5 33.4 38.4 40.3 42.3 44.3 46.2 51.2 53.1 55.1 57 58.9

Kyler Inari

Up next is another returning favourite of the 3-point shootout. Kyler Inari hasn't missed this event once since his rookie year. This year, no doubt his goal is to advance to the final round, and improve on his previous best performance.

The arctic fox gets off to a rough start, missing his first four shots. Before firing off his first moneyball, he pauses for just a moment to gather himself, and then shoots, finally sinking a ball. That seems to be what he needed to get into his groove. His performance for the rest of the round is solid, with only a few missed shots here and there. By the time the buzzer sounds, he's managed to pull his score up to 16 - probably not the performance he was hoping for, but a strong recovery from how his round started.

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 N N N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N N N Y Y - -
Total Score = 16 0.7 2.7 4.7 6.7 8.7 14.5 16.5 18.5 20.5 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

Jonathan Lawyer

The next former 3-point champion is met with a roar of applause as he steps onto the court. Jonathan Lawyer keeps his eyes focused on the hoop as he makes his way over to his starting position. There's no hint of a smile on his face - he's focused, almost like he wants to get this round over with. He's the second Dakota Bikers player to compete this afternoon, and no doubt he's looking to outdo his teammate's performance.

The countdown finishes, and the meerkat goes into motion. His first two shots roll off and out of the hoop, but after that he seems to have dialled in his aim. He proceeds to go an incredible streak, sinking 12 consecutive shots. Even as the crowd grows louder around him, he remains focused and straight-faced. Following that streak, he struggles - Lawyer's brow creases some as his aim falters for a whole rack. He's able to get his aim back for his last few balls, bringing up to a score of 17. The meerkat looks dissatisfied with that result as he's leaving the court. He'll have to wait to see if that's enough to get him through to the next round.

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 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N N N N N Y Y Y -
Total Score = 17 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 40.4 42.4 44.4 46.4 48.4 53.6 55.6 57.6 59.6 61.6

Lauren Fash

The next competitor is the Huntsville Mayors' elusive sniper, Lauren Fash. The skink is still a bit of an odd sight at All Star events, after having turned down her invitations during her first two years in the league.

The skink is cool and calm as she performs her round. She seems to be prioritizing speed - never waiting to see if she's made her previous shot before grabbing the next ball or starting towards the next rack. It's an effective method, even if it results in some sketchier sections in her round. She finishes with time to spare, putting up a respectable 19 points.


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
Lauren Fash (Five-Lined Skink, G) N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N Y Y Y N N Y N Y Y
Total Score = 19 0.6 2.5 4.4 6.3 8.2 13 14.9 16.8 18.7 20.6 25.5 27.4 29.3 31.2 33.1 37.9 39.8 41.7 43.6 45.5 50.3 52.2 54.1 56 57.9

Aurora Hopkins

Aurora Hopkins is the only rookie taking part in the 3-Point Shootout this year. The former EFFL champion from Paris is known for her calm demeanour, but it's impossible to miss the big smile on her face as she takes her place to start.

She has a mixed start. Maybe it's nerves, or maybe it's just getting used to the format. By the time she reaches her third rack, though, the cat seems to have settled into a more comfortable rhythm. She's locking in her aim, her movements growing more confident. Then, partway through her fourth rack of balls, everything seems to click. Every ball she touches from that point flies true. Hopkins finishes out with a score of 17 - not a sure thing, but a solid first performance in the event.

Terry O'Toole 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
Aurora Hopkins (Somali Cat, G) N Y N Y Y N N Y N N Y N Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y -
Total Score = 17 0.7 2.7 4.6 6.6 8.5 13.7 15.6 17.5 19.4 21.4 26.6 28.6 30.5 32.5 34.5 39.6 41.5 43.4 45.4 47.4 52.6 54.6 56.6 58.6 60.6

Saphira Kelley

Saphira Kelley is relaxed as she makes her way onto the court. The slug's movements are practically casual, which is impressive to see from a first-time competitor. She takes her position next to her first rack, and then settles herself into a comfortable ready position.

Kelley manages to keep that calm, collected air even after a tough start, only landing two of her first five shots. It doesn't appear to bother her, though, as she makes her way over to the next rack. She seems less prone to going on runs than her competitors, be they positive or negative. Soon enough, she has closed out her round with a comfortable score of 19, leaving her tied for third so far with Marley and Fash.

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
Saphira Kelley (Blue Ocean Slug, G) N N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y
Total Score = 19 0.7 2.6 4.5 6.4 8.3 13.1 15 16.9 18.8 20.7 25.5 27.4 29.3 31.2 33.1 37.9 39.8 41.7 43.6 45.5 50.3 52.2 54.1 56 57.9

Dennis Summers

Dennis Summers makes his 3-Point shootout debut as the second Arizona Demons player in the contest this year. The kangaroo is calm as he prepares for his round - he seems unaffected by the sounds of crowd, even moreso than any of the other contestants so far. He takes up his position, and then waits motionless for the starting countdown.

Summers keeps that collected attitude as he starts. Missed shots don't visibly bother him - he just keeps on going, patiently putting up ball after ball. As time begins running down, he starts to pick up his pace, never letting it bother him. 16 is the minimum score he needs to stay in the runnings, and he's riding close to that line. As the buzzer sounds, the kangaroo glances to the scoreboard, and lets out a long breath. His final score of 14 points will not be enough to move him on to the next round.

Dennis Summers 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
Dennis Summers (Kangaroo, G) Y N Y N N N Y Y Y Y N N Y N N Y Y Y N N Y Y N Y -
Total Score = 14 0.6 2.6 4.6 6.6 8.6 13.8 15.8 17.8 19.8 21.8 27 29 31 33 35 40.2 42.2 44.2 46.2 48.2 53.4 55.4 57.4 59.4 61.4

Melaine Thompson

Last year's champion takes to the court with a big smile, and the crowd greets her with thunderous applause. The lioness from the Queens Pride is clearly soaking in the energy from the crowd, and takes up her position. Fans lean forward in their seats, wondering if they'll get to witness another incredible run like Thompson provided last year.

She starts off decently - not exactly blowing anybody away, but not putting herself too deep in a hole, either. She keeps that up for the first two racks, going about 50/50 on her shots. It's keeping her in the running, but she'll need to start putting up more numbers if she wants to advance. The lioness is briefly able to lock in her aim, putting up a solid five balls in a row. She's not able to sustain it, though. By the time her buzzer sounds, she's only gotten herself up to 15 points. The lioness looks disappointed, but she still puts a smile on her face and waves once more to the crowd before making her way off the court.

Malaine Thompson 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) N Y N Y N N Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y N N Y N Y N - -
Total Score = 15 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

Vera la Tiérra

Vera la Tiérra of the Minutemen is no stranger to the 3-Point shootout. While not a regular like some competitors, she's competed several times in past years. A perennial Williamsburg favourite, the red fox seems excited to be back and get to work.

And she makes quick work of her first few baskets. La Tiérra puts up solid, consistent numbers as she works through her racks. At no point does she start lighting things up, but her speed and consistency soon has her stepping up to the last rack of balls with 15 points and plenty of time to go. It's only as she starts that last rack that it becomes clear how tired she is, though. The fox is able to get off all five remaining shots before the buzzer sounds, but she's no longer able to get them to connect like she was earlier in the round. It's a disappointing finish to what was otherwise a strong showing in the contest.

Vera la Tiérra 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
Vera La Tiérra (Red Vixen, G) N Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N N N N N
Total Score = 15 0.5 2.4 4.3 6.2 8.1 13 15 16.9 18.8 20.7 25.7 27.6 29.6 31.5 33.4 38.4 40.3 42.2 44.1 46 51 53 54.9 56.8 58.7

Yves Carbonneau

Following a two year hiatus, Yves Carbonneau marks his return to the 3-Point shootout by running out onto the court, pointing towards the audience and working them up. The crowd is more than willing to respond - the arctic fox has always been known to put on a good show. There's a big grin on his muzzle as he gets into position, and waits for his timer to start.

Carbonneau has a very strong start, quickly racking up points with consistent, methodical shooting across his first two racks of balls. It's on the third rack that the fox starts to falter. It's not a complete collapse - he's still putting up some points, but the consistent, rapid rise of the start of his round is slowing. By the time he reaches his final rack, he's at 14 points - he needs two more to stay in the running. He sinks the first ball, and the audience holds its breath as he takes his next shots. Two balls roll off the rim and out, before the buzzer sounds. Before the crowd can be too disappointed, Carbonneau lets out a long breath, then pumps a fist into the air. He draws one more round of applause from the crowd before making his way off the court.

Yves Carbonneau 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
Yves Carbonneau (Arctic Fox, G/F) Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N Y N Y N Y Y N N - -
Total Score = 15 0.7 2.7 4.7 6.7 8.7 14.2 16.2 18.2 20.2 22.2 27.7 29.7 31.7 33.7 35.7 41.2 43.2 45.2 47.2 49.2 54.7 56.7 58.7 60.7 62.7

Jean-Ferdinand Giroux-Krier

Some of the other competitors may have seemed frustrated or impatient, but none were quite so obvious about it as Aldrich Giroux-Krier. The cat's tail is lashing aggressively as he steps out onto the court. No doubt the knowledge that he received his spot when another competitor backed out is eating at him. He squares off with the net at his first rack of balls, almost looking like a predator ready to lunge at his prey.

The timer starts. and Giroux-Krier goes to work. It's an impressive performance. Aside from a somewhat shaky second rack of balls, the cat is brutally efficient in his shots. There's an audible exhale of breath from the crowd as he sinks the moneyball of his fourth rack, putting him up to 16 points - tied for the final qualifying spot. The cat stalks over to the final rack, and then takes his time sizing up his next shot. The first ball misses, but the second slips through, locking him in for the second round. He takes two more shots before his buzzer sounds, but it's clear that he's not as focused on them. Giroux-Krier is through to the next round.

Kiara Hughes and Kyler Inari 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
Jean-Ferdinand Giroux-Krier (Scottish Fold-Chartreux Mix, G) N Y Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N Y N Y N N -
Total Score = 17 0.7 2.7 4.6 6.6 8.6 13.8 15.8 17.7 19.7 21.7 26.9 28.9 30.8 32.8 34.8 40 42 44 46 48 53.2 55.2 57.2 59.2 61.2

Round 1 Results

Contestant Points
Matthew Silvius 24
Zackary Cooper 22
Mikaylah Marley 19
Lauren Fash 19
Saphira Kelley 19
Jonathan Lawyer 17
Aurora Hopkins 17
Jean-Ferdinand Giroux-Krier 17
Kiara Hughes 16
Kyler Inari 16
Melaine Thompson 15
Vera La Tiérra 15
Yves Carbonneau 15
Dennis Summers 14
Terry O'Toole 13
Trevor Cruz 9
Eliminated

Round 2

Matthew Silvius

Following his dominant opening performance in the first round, Silvius is again the first to take to the court for the second round. As the timer starts, the weasel rises up and takes his first shot. It bounces off, and there's a visible note of frustration on Silvius' face as he reaches for his next ball. Fortunately the remainder of that first rack goes well, with the weasel neatly landing every remaining shot, and the money slipping in hitting nothing but net.

He moves onto the next rack, and again he misses his first attempt. This time he isn't able to rally as effectively, though - he only lands one of the remaining balls. The next several racks aren't much better, as the weasel continues to struggle. By the time he reaches his final rack, he has plenty of time left, but has only managed to put 10 points up on the board. He visibly settles himself, and then starts… again missing that first shot. Silvius is clearly frustrated as he takes his final shots, only sinking two of that final rack, and leaving him at a total of only 12 points.

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 Y Y Y N N Y N N Y Y N Y N N N Y N N N Y N Y N
Total Score = 12 0.7 2.6 4.5 6.4 8.3 13.2 15.1 17 18.9 20.8 25.8 27.7 29.7 31.6 33.5 38.4 40.3 42.2 44.1 46 50.9 52.8 54.7 56.6 58.5

Zackary Cooper

Cooper is the next to take to the court. The beaver is looking to make a repeat appearance in the finals from last year, and if he's able to capture some of that focus he achieved in the first round, he's liable to meet that goal.

The beaver starts strong, sinking his first three shots without any trouble. His next two shots go wide, but he's already moving towards his second rack of balls as soon as he releases the moneyball. He arrives at the rack, faces the net, and proceeds to sink five balls cleanly in a row. Again, he's quick to move to the next rack, but from here on he struggles. The next two racks are rough, with Cooper only managing 2 points were rack. He goes into the final rack with a total of 13, leaving him with enough space to possibly rally and pull out a respectable score. The crowd picks up its volume as he sinks his first ball, predicting another streak like before. The energy dissipates as the beaver misses his next ball, and he fails to regain his focus for the remaining balls. He's left at a final score of 14 - ahead of Silvius, but certainly not in a comfortably safe position.

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 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N Y N N N N
Total Score = 14 0.5 2.4 4.4 6.3 8.2 13.2 15.1 17 18.9 20.8 25.8 27.7 29.6 31.5 33.4 38.4 40.3 42.2 44.1 46.1 51.1 53 54.9 56.8 58.7

Mikaylah Marley

Marley takes to the court in a flash of white fur. She raises a hand in acknowledgement to the cheering crowd, and then takes up her position.

When the wolfbat starts, she's taking a clearly different tact to both Silvius and Cooper. While the previous two competitors were moving at a fast clip, Marley appears to be taking her time, giving herself the split second needed to line up her shots. The results quickly start adding up. While she doesn't put on any electrifying streaks, the wolfbat is able to consistently put the balls away. As opposed to a peaking roar, the applause for her rises in a steady rumble, occasionally punctuated as she masterfully sinks each moneyball she touches.

By the time she reaches her final rack, she's running low on time, but it doesn't matter. She sinks only one of the three balls she's able to get off before the buzzer sounds, but that leaves her sitting at a comfortable 19 points. Marley keeps her celebration subdued, but the grin is clear on her face as she leaves the court.

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) Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N - -
Total Score = 19 0.7 2.7 4.7 6.7 8.7 14.1 16.1 18.1 20.1 22.1 27.5 29.5 31.5 33.5 35.5 40.9 42.9 44.9 46.9 48.9 54.3 56.3 58.3 60.3 62.3

Lauren Fash

Fash is calm and collected as she steps back out onto the court, doing no more than raising a hand in greeting to the cheering crowd. She places herself at her first rack of balls and eyes the net, taking a few deep breaths as she centers herself.

When the timer starts, the skink moves quickly. She's clearly hoping that her speed will help her through, as it did in the first round. At first it seems like this strategy is paying off for her. She goes three for five on her first two racks of balls - not outstanding, but certainly putting her into a good position for the rest of her round.

After this, though, things fall apart for the skink. Her third rack is mostly a write-off, with only one ball sinking in. The skink keeps her eyes set and her face straight as she makes her way to the next rack, where she again manages to sink three, including her moneyball. She's sitting at 12 as she heads for her final rack, with plenty of time to make up the difference. The skink isn't able to get into her groove, though. She's able to get all five shots off, but they all bounce off of the rim. Fash is left at 12 points, tied with Silvius for last.

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 Y Y N Y Y Y Y N N N N N Y N Y N N Y Y N N N N N
Total Score = 12 0.8 2.7 4.6 6.5 8.4 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

Saphira Kelley

Saphira is the last of the trio that tied for third place in the prior round to take the court. The slug is calm as she approaches the first rack of balls, stretching a bit when she reaches the line. As the countdown to begin starts, she positions herself by the rack, and then lowers her weight onto the balls of her feet.

It's a rough start. Kelley's only able to land one of her first rack of balls, and it leads to some slightly subdued applause from the crowd. She keeps her eyes locked on the net as she makes her way over to her next rack. This one goes little better - only two balls go in before she heads to the third rack. When she reaches this rack, she takes a moment to take a breath before starting. That seems to be what the slug needed to calm herself - the next ball goes in. She missed the next shot, but after that she starts a solid streak of successful shots. She sinks the rest of her balls fore that rack, and the first three balls of the next one. Things get a bit less steady after that, but she's able to send off her final ball of the round with plenty of time to spare. The final result leaves her at 15 points - not exactly a safe score, but it does put her second out of the competitors so far.

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
Saphira Kelley (Blue Ocean Slug, G) N Y N N N Y N Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N Y Y N
Total Score = 15 0.8 2.7 4.6 6.5 8.4 13.2 15.1 17 18.9 20.8 25.6 27.5 29.4 31.3 33.2 38 39.9 41.8 43.7 45.6 50.4 52.3 54.2 56.1 58

Jonathan Lawyer

If Jonathan Lawyer seemed impatient to get through the first round, he looks positively eager to get the second round done. The lithe meerkat almost stalks up to the line, and gives a curt nod to show that he's ready to get started.

Despite his obvious confidence, Lawyer gets off to a less than stellar start. The first rack is a wash, with no balls actually making it through the hoop. He makes his way to his next rack, and misses the first two balls before something seems to click for him. The former 3-Point Shootout champion starts to show off the skills he's so known for, as he begins sinking ball after ball. His actions are all mechanical in their precision as he sinks the next four balls, before a miss, followed by another series of four successes.

The meerkat reaches his final rack with 12 points on the board. He tries to be slow and methodical with his next few shots, but the first three miss. He's able to land the fourth shot, and then reaches hurriedly for the moneyball, rushing to get it into the air. The buzzer sounds before the ball slips through the hoop, though, leaving him at only 13 points. It's just above the elimination threshold, but with two competitors left to go, it's not a strong showing. Matthew Silvius 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
Jonathan Lawyer (Meerkat, F/G) N N N N N N N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N N N Y N N N Y -
Total Score = 13 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 40.4 42.4 44.4 46.4 48.4 53.6 55.6 57.6 59.6 61.6

Aurora Hopkins

There's a loud round of applause as Aurora Hopkins steps out onto the court. The cat has already put on an impressive performance as a rookie in the contest, and especially one who's so young. Clearly the audience is intrigued to see what she'll do.

Hopkins doesn't have a great start to her round, only sinking two shots in each of her first two racks of balls. The audience seems to be losing some of its energy, expecting another lacklustre showing in a so far underwhelming second round. As the cat starts her third rack of balls, though, something shifts. She misses her first shot, but after that she must lock something in. Her form is flawless as she continues, and the remaining four balls on the rack drop in cleanly. The crowd is rumbling as she reaches her fourth rack, and it only grows louder as she sinks four out of five of those shots. Hopkins starts on her final rack, and the crowd grows in volume with each ball as they keep going in. The buzzer sounds as Hopkins picks up her final ball, and she casually places it back on the rack. The cat's clearly trying to keep her face straight, but there's a smile showing at the corners of her mouth. With 18 points, she's guaranteed herself a spot in the final round in her rookie year.

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
Aurora Hopkins (Somali Cat, G) N N Y Y N N N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y -
Total Score = 18 0.6 2.6 4.6 6.6 8.6 13.8 15.7 17.7 19.7 21.7 26.9 28.9 30.9 32.8 34.7 39.9 41.8 43.8 45.7 47.6 52.7 54.7 56.7 58.6 60.6

Jean-Ferdinand Giroux-Krier

Aldrich Giroux-Krier is the last to step out onto the court in the second round. He still has that glower on his face from last round, but it's not as obvious — clearly advancing has blunted some of his frustration. A hush falls over the crowd as the starting countdown begins. The cat only needs to beat 14 points in order to advance to the final round.

The cat doesn't rush himself as he starts. The first two racks are respectable - three balls landed each, both times including the moneyball. It's almost possible to see the cat counting out his points as he advances to the next rack. Again, he puts up three balls. Two misses in a row in the middle of the set don't appear to stress him out. He simply refocuses himself for the final ball, and sinks it. With the fourth shot of his fourth rack, Giroux-Krier is able to put himself up to 14 points - enough to at the very least tie him for the final position. He pauses for only a moment before releasing his next ball, the moneyball. It still feels like an eternity, though. The ball travels in a clean arc, hits the backboard, and slips through the net.

The cat visibly relaxes as he advances to the final rack. Much like last round, he knows that he's already clear and through to the final round. He takes his next four shots, but he clearly isn't putting too much thought into them. Aldrich finishes out with 17 points, placing him firmly in third place for the second round

Zackary Cooper 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
Jean-Ferdinand Giroux-Krier (Scottish Fold-Chartreux Mix, G) N Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N N Y Y N N Y Y N N Y N -
Total Score = 17 0.6 2.6 4.6 6.6 8.6 13.8 15.8 17.8 19.8 21.8 27 29 31 33 35 40.2 42.2 44.2 46.2 48.2 53.4 55.4 57.4 59.4 61.4

Round 2 Results

Contestant Points
Mikaylah Marley 19
Aurora Hopkins 18
Jean-Ferdinand Giroux-Krier 17
Saphira Kelley 15
Zackary Cooper 14
Jonathan Lawyer 13
Lauren Fash 12
Matthew Silvius 12
Eliminated

Final Round

Mikaylah Marley

Mikaylah Marley takes to the court to a deafening roar of applause for the final round. One thing is already sure: there will be a new 3-Point Shootout champion today. The crowd is eager to learn who that will be.

This is the furthest that Marley has gotten in the shootout since her rookie year back in 2015, when she made it to the semi-final round of the old, head-to-head competition format. She's had to wait a good long while since then to get this close again, and no doubt the wolfbat is looking to close up some long-unfinished business.

If she's feeling the pressure of those long years of waiting, she isn't showing it. The albino wolfbat starts off her round with the same calm, steady execution that has characterized her past two rounds. From the outset it's obvious that Marley doesn't intend to get every shot off within the time limit - slow consistency is her goal.

The strategy seems to be doing her well enough. For the first half of her time, she's able to put up respectable numbers. It's the type of performance that would make somebody happy in an elimination round, but the longtime Minutemen guard is going to need to pull out something stronger if she wants to make a serious play at the title.

With 15 seconds left, she seems to find just that. Her aim locks in, and suddenly she can do no wrong. Marley keeps up her methodical execution, racking up her points as the crowd grows louder around her. As predicted, she isn't able to get her final two balls into the air before the buzzer, but the wolfbat seems fine with that. At 20 points, she's set a solid challenge for the other three competitors.

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) Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y - -
Total Score = 20 0.7 2.7 4.7 6.7 8.7 14.1 16.1 18.1 20.1 22.1 27.5 29.5 31.5 33.5 35.5 40.9 42.9 44.9 46.9 48.9 54.3 56.3 58.3 60.3 62.3

Aurora Hopkins

There's a similarly thunderous round of applause for rookie Aurora Hopkins as she steps out onto the court. It's been six years since the shootout last saw a rookie player make it to the finals, and 14 since then-rookie Theodore Sanftner took the title. There's a palpable energy in the air as the crowd waits to see if Hopkins can be the next to achieve that rare distinction.

If the cat is feeling the pressure, she doesn't show it. Hopkins, naturally, is no stranger to pressure, having already notched an EFBL championship on her belt before her FBA career. No doubt that experience is what's helped her stay consistent so far in the contest. She still has that small grin on her face as she prepares to start, though it's maybe a bit bigger than in the first round.

Hopkins struggles for the start of her final round. It's certainly not a poor showing, but the scoreboards tell the tale clearly - she's not keeping up with the point-scoring pace that Marley set. Crucially, she's managing to land her moneyballs, but her consistency on the rest of her shots isn't there.

There comes a point, partway through her fourth rack, where things seem to be done. Those keeping track of the math know that in order to match Marley's score, the cat will need to sink every one of her remaining balls - 8 in a row. Seeming to know this, Hopkins takes a deep breath, and there's a collective intake of breath from the audience as she takes her next shot. Clean. Then the next one, clean. The volume in the stadium grows ever louder as she makes shot after shot, not faltering as she drags her score up towards Marley's.

It's a good run, but it can't last. Maybe it's the excitement, maybe it's leaning too hard into her momentum. The ball flies, and while it at first looks good, it rolls off the rim and out. She goes for the last moneyball, but isn't able to get it off in time, leaving her at 17 points.

Aurora Hopkins 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
Aurora Hopkins (Somali Cat, G) N Y N N Y Y N Y N Y N N Y N Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N -
Total Score = 17 0.7 2.7 4.6 6.5 8.4 13.6 15.6 17.6 19.6 21.6 26.7 28.7 30.6 32.6 34.6 39.7 41.7 43.7 45.6 47.6 52.7 54.7 56.7 58.7 60.6

Jean-Ferdinand Giroux-Krier

It's hard to tell if the applause is more excited or unsettled as Aldrich Giroux-Krier steps out for the final round. Without a question he's been the dark horse of this year's shootout - only getting in due to another competitor's withdrawal, and then pulling himself forward through each round with almost surgical precision. Much like in the previous rounds, the Moonshiners' young point guard knows exactly what total he needs to stay in this competition.

Giroux-Krier is another EFBL alumnus, having won a championship with Paris before advancing to the FBA. In his years since joining the league, he's drawn attention for his attitude and his displays of wealth. He's an interesting one to watch, and an even more interesting figure to hear commentators speak about. There are frequently talking heads that clearly want to dismiss him for his reputation, but it's been impossible to deny his skill and how key he's been to the Tennessee Moonshiners' rise over the past few seasons. Taking the 3-point title as a dark horse entrant would be the perfect feather in his cap.

The cat has an impressive first half of his round, showing impressive accuracy. He's even able to go on a solid run of six shots landing in a row across his second and third racks of balls, quickly lifting his score. By the end of his third rack, he's actually slightly outdoing Marley for accuracy. Unfortunately, he's missed two of his crucial moneyballs, leaving him at a point deficit to the wolfbat.

His fourth rack starts strong, and then ends on a dour note as he misses the last two balls. It's clear on his face that he's done the math as he walks over to the final rack of balls - he's going to need to sink every one in order to match Marley's score and force a tiebreaker. Any smugness on his face from the start of the round is gone, replaced by cold, determined focus. His motions are almost mechanical as he starts. Two balls go in clean, keeping him in the fight. The third one has just a bit too much weight on it, though. It hits the rim and bounces clear. Giroux-Krier's face falls. He fires off the ball he's already picked up, but it's clear his heart isn't in it. He ends the round with 16 points.

Jean-Ferdinand Giroux-Krier 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
Jean-Ferdinand Giroux-Krier (Scottish Fold-Chartreux Mix, G) Y N Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y Y N N -
Total Score = 16 0.7 2.7 4.7 6.7 8.7 13.9 15.9 17.9 19.9 21.8 27 28.9 30.9 32.9 34.9 40.1 42.1 44.1 46.1 48 53.2 55.2 57.2 59.2 61.2

Saphira Kelley

The final attempt of the event will come from Saphira Kelley. Baltimore's infamous "Chaos Noodle" is greeted with the same enthusiasm as the other competitors, as the crowd erupts at the sight of her. The tension in the stadium is palpable.

It's the slug's first year competing in the shootout, and she's handled herself with comfort that normally only comes from years of experience. She may be the only other contestant who's been as calm as Marley throughout the contest, but unlike the other finalists, she's been fast enough to get every ball off in the allotted time in her previous rounds. Maybe that combination of furious speed and calm execution will help her topple the wolfbat's score.

Kelley kicks things off in style, firing off shots at a remarkable pace. Much like in previous rounds, she's not waiting to see if a shot lands before going for the next ball. It's a flashy and exciting style of competing, and it draws the excitement out of the crowd. She's mostly keeping pace with Marley's accuracy as she works her way along the racks. There's one crucial difference that begins to open a gap for the slug, though — while Marley was able to land every moneyball she threw, Kelley's been struggling with making them land. Maybe it's her eagerness to get to the next rack each time, or maybe it's just poor luck on those shots.

Either way, she soon finds herself in a similar place to Hopkins and Giroux-Krier - the point where her window for tying or overtaking her opponent is closing. It comes as she's rushing to the fourth rack, the quick update from announcers that she now needs to sink every ball if she wants to win, and all but one to tie. If this information stresses the slug, it doesn't show. She starts, again with that blinding accuracy. It's a breathless few seconds as she sends off her next volley of five, with the crowd roaring as shot after shot slips in. When the moneyball at the end of the rack bounces wide of the net, the applause immediately deflates - without those two points, Kelley can no longer match Kelley's score.

The slug still rushes over to the fifth and final rack, and cameras pick up a small, indifferent shrug from her. She goes for the next ball, and begins her next onslaught. When her second ball of that rack sinks in, the crowd's enthusiasm returns. Regardless of the outcome, she's put on a good show. Her final moneyball goes airborne with whole seconds to spare, and slips through the hoop — nothing but net. Saphira Kelley finishes off the shootout with a total of 17 points.

Saphira Kelley 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
Saphira Kelley (Blue Ocean Slug, G) N Y Y Y N Y N N N Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N N Y N Y Y
Total Score = 17 0.6 2.5 4.4 6.3 8.2 13 14.9 16.8 18.7 20.6 25.4 27.3 29.2 31.1 33 37.8 39.7 41.6 43.5 45.4 50.2 52.1 54 55.9 57.8
Contestant Points
Mikaylah Marley 20
Saphira Kelley 17
Aurora Hopkins 17
Jean-Ferdinand Giroux-Krier 16
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