Tip-off with the Roadrunners signals approaching season
The SFCC Athletics Department hosted Tip-off with the Roadrunners Sept. 29 at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center. The event gave community members the opportunity to see the student athletes compete in various events.
“This event was something we were asked about and we decided to do it,” said volunteer Assistant Coach Jonathan Willis. “Coach Buck Scheel and I took the reins on it and put the event together. We wanted to introduce our players to the community.”
The event opened with a performance by the 2011-2012 SFCC Spirit Squad. Coach Dana Page introduced the squad and talked about what fans can expect to see this season. The women’s and men’s basketball teams were introduced to the crowd. Both head coaches thanked the crowd for their support and talked about the quality competition their teams will be facing this season.
“Coach Willis and I wanted this to be an entertaining event,” said Scheel. “We wanted the kids to be able to let loose and show their strengths.”
The first competition paired a student athlete from each team in a timed race against another team. Each team member had to dribble a ball through a set of cones to reach half court. Then they had to bounce pass and/or chest pass the ball back and forth in a race to the baseline. Each team member then had to make a layup, a free throw and three-point shot in that order. Finally, each person had to bounce pass the ball back into a cart at mid court to complete the challenge. Jermisha Watson and Kenny Chery won the skills challenge.
In the Partner Hotshot competition, student athletes from each team were paired in a shooting competition. Team members alternated shooting from spots on the floor, which were assigned a point value based on the shot. Tamara Cooks and Charles Beard won with 41 points.
In the Three-Point Shootout, shooters had 60 seconds to get five shots off per rack. The last ball on each rack was worth two points; all others were worth one point. Ariel Easton and D'Angelo Tucker had the highest women’s and men’s scores and advanced to the championship round. Easton won the championship round with a score of 13-7.
The evening was capped off with a slam dunk contest. Alfonzo Houston advanced to the finals against Ayodele Ojo. Houston stole the show by receiving a pass from a teammate stationed on the second floor of the multipurpose center. He caught the bounce pass and slammed it home to the delight of the crowd. He received a perfect score of 30.
Both teams will open the season at home Nov. 5. The Lady Roadrunners will take on Vincennes at 5:30 p.m. and the Roadrunners will play Southeastern Illinois at 7:30 p.m.
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