First off — THANK YOU to everyone who took part in today’s sixth annual United Way Day of Basketball. We raised $4,000 — the most-ever in the event’s history and that was due to you!
Secondly, it was good that the Media finally took a game as we defeated the Coaches, 52-51. Dusty Davis hit a free throw with no time remaining to give the Media the victory. Thanks to all the media that took part, in particular — Brian North and Derek Bayne from WCTI ABC-12, Chris Hemeyer and Donald Ingram from TACC-9, along with Chris Miller and Greg Bond from the Jacksonville Daily News and all my compatriots from The Free Press.
Special thanks to today’s special free-lancers: Jeremy Ingram and Antwan Scott. Heh heh.
As I predicted in the paper today, Kinston’s Akeem “A.K.” Sutton won the slam-dunk competition, while North Lenoir’s Rashee Hawkins was the runner-up. In the 3-point contest, it also went as I predicted as Kinston’s Reggie Bullock defended his title against 2006 champion Tyler Potter of North Lenoir.
The Munn Maniacs have to get their props, too, as they won back the title against the Hawk Krazees, 31-27. The Maniacs won the first matchup two years ago and now hold a 2-1 lead in the series.
Again — thank you to everyone who made today possible, from Wynn Whittington and Wells Gulledge at Kinston High School to Ron Owens (the PA dude), Keith Sherrod (the scoreboard operator) and all the United Way folks who ran the concession stand and were at the doors.
TACC-9 will broadcast the day’s events at 8 p.m. on Monday, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and on ENC TV at 1 a.m. on Sunday. THANK YOU to Clark Tutt for broadcasting the game!
I want to thank Tommy Pharo and the good folks at Minges Bottling for donating more than 50 cases of drinks for the sixth straight year. Pharo has been a part of the event every year and I don’t know how we would do it without him.
This was the most successful United Way Day of Basketball yet — thank you!