2017 All-Star Week

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The 2017 FBA All-Star Week will be the next exhibition series held by the Furry Basketball Association and is a series of events to be held during the weekend of February 24th through February 28th.

The five-day festivities included 4 events:

  • 2017 FBA All-Star Game
  • 2017 FBA Rookie Challenge
  • 2017 FBA Dunk Contest
  • 2017 FBA 3-Point Shootout

Participants in the events were voted in. The voting period was open from January 19th through February 9th.

2017 All-Star Game

The starting lines and the 6th Fur of the FBA All-Star Teams will be chosen by the fans, while the remainder of the bench will be filled by choices by the GMs and HCs. The event itself will be featured on Tuesday February 28th at 9 PM.

All-Star Results

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
West 24 24 21 19 88
East 22 23 25 28 98

   

Officials: James McConnaugh #19 , Aurora Mambaro #30 , Martin Rosario #12
West Head Coach: Dimi Kabat (male grey squirrel, LVG)
East Head Coach: Christopher Dunphy (male mongoose, QNS)
Player of the Game: Adam Tevela (Linsang, F) - 21 pts, 6 reb, 1 stl, 1 blk.

   

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Western All-Stars Boxscore

Name Pos Min FGM FGA 3PtM 3PtA FTM FTA Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
Ren Inoue PG 30.0 4 13 0 2 1 1 1 1 7 5 0 0 0 9
Cliff Matthiews SG 33.0 6 16 1 8 1 3 0 6 3 3 0 0 1 14
Wayne Kirkpatrick SF 34.0 3 6 2 2 2 3 1 9 2 2 1 3 3 10
Scoonie Barrett PF 21.0 5 9 0 0 3 3 1 5 0 2 1 0 2 13
Barnaby Jazz C 27.0 2 4 0 0 1 2 0 7 0 1 0 2 4 5
Jake Turner C/F 18.0 5 8 0 0 3 4 0 4 2 1 1 2 2 13
Kevin Malka F 14.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 2 0
Julian Cross-Kiraly G 19.0 4 7 2 3 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 12
Morgan McCarthy C 13.0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 2
Daniel Quvianuq C 9.0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 2
Misha Maxwell G 12.0 4 8 0 2 0 0 0 1 6 3 2 0 0 8
Sterling Bengtzing C/F 10.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total   240 35 77 5 18 13 18 3 41 22 17 8 10 18 88

Eastern All-Stars Boxscore

Name Pos Min FGM FGA 3PtM 3PtA FTM FTA Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
Hank Sawyer PG 28.0 5 8 3 3 1 2 0 0 4 2 0 0 2 14
D'Angelo MacQuilkin SG 29.0 2 6 0 0 3 4 0 6 5 0 0 0 2 7
Rodger Umaechi SF 30.0 6 22 0 2 3 6 2 9 8 3 2 1 3 15
Adam Tevela PF 31.0 9 11 0 0 3 4 0 6 0 0 1 1 3 21
Raoul Kidane C 27.0 7 13 0 0 0 1 6 13 0 1 0 2 0 14
Hal Dufrain F/C 18.0 1 3 0 0 2 2 1 5 0 0 1 3 1 4
Apiatan Redmane G 16.0 0 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 5 0 2 0 0 2
Jake Velox G 16.0 3 6 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
Vera La Tiérra G 10.0 2 4 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 6
Agundio Salvatore Atti-Morales F 13.0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 2
Narkissa Kassius G 9.0 1 2 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 3
Emina Ferhatović C/F 13.0 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 3 1 0 0 2
Total   240 38 80 5 12 17 27 9 45 25 13 8 7 12 98

All-Star Portraits

Western All-Stars Roster
Starters
Point Guard Shooting Guard Small Forward Power Forward Center
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86 Ren Inoue (Tosa Inu, G) 3 Cliff Matthiews (Canadian Lynx, G) 24 Wayne Kirkpatrick (Tasmanian Devil, F) 81 Scoonie Barrett (Otter, F/C) 69 Barnaby Jazz (Shark, C/F)
Bench
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33 Jake Turner (Red Fox, C/F) 30 Kevin Malka (Giant Pangolin, F) 25 Julian Cross-Kiraly (Saluki, G) 28 Morgan McCarthy (Bighorn Sheep, C) 9 Daniel Quvianuq (Polar Bear, C)
Reserves
Guard Bigfur
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44 Misha Maxwell (Cheetah, G) 57 Sterling Bengtzing (Marbled Polecat, C/F)
Eastern All-Stars Roster
Starters
Point Guard Shooting Guard Small Forward Power Forward Center
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90 Hank Sawyer (Virginia Opossum, G) 80 D’Angelo MacQuilkin (Lion, G) 9 Rodger Umaechi (Husky, F) 37 Adam Tevela (Linsang, F) 13 Raoul Kidane (Ethiopian Wolf, C)
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74 Hal Dufrain (American Alligator, F/C) 30 Apiatan Redmane (Water Buffalo, G) 11 Jake Velox (Swift Fox, G) 10 Vera La Tiérra (Red Vixen, G) 33 Agundio Salvatore Atti-Morales (Cuban Black Hawk/Common Kestrel Hybrid, F)
Reserves
Guard Bigfur
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65 Narkissa Kassius (Ringtail Lemur, G) 32 Emina Ferhatović (Cross Fox, C/F)
  • NOTE: Lance Wildfyre (Rabbit, G) was selected for the Western All-Stars, but declined to participate in the game.

2017 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 itself will be featured on Monday, February 27th at 9 PM EST.

Rookie Challenge Results

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
West 25 26 21 20 92
East 27 23 27 19 96

   

Officials: Lucinda Anthony #31 , Kasumi Katsuhito #2 , Kendrick Manson #32
West Head Coach: Teres Kalin (male mongoose, WPG)
East Head Coach: Papaya Valerio (male bat, HNT)
Player of the Game: Erik Toivonen (Finnish Forest Reindeer, C/F) - 6 pts, 13 reb, 5 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk.

   

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Western Rookies Boxscore

Name Pos Min FGM FGA 3PtM 3PtA FTM FTA Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
Jona Vastenhout PG 32.0 5 12 1 3 2 2 1 4 5 2 1 0 2 13
Baxter Buckley SG 28.0 8 21 2 8 5 8 1 4 5 3 2 0 3 23
Chantal Magnano SF 30.0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 5
Beau Dapremont PF 25.0 0 1 0 0 0 4 3 9 2 2 1 0 3 0
Tyrese Vaughan C 28.0 2 6 0 0 1 2 3 10 1 0 0 5 0 5
Lee Baraquin C/F 18.0 4 7 0 0 4 6 1 5 0 0 0 0 2 12
Mika Mishima F/C 15.0 3 9 1 3 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 7
Doug Dawson G 16.0 3 9 0 5 0 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 0 6
Takeru Ishijima F 15.0 3 8 0 1 1 1 1 3 0 0 1 0 1 7
Ruqayya Barakah F/G 11.0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 6
Natalie Bellemare C/F 10.0 2 3 0 0 1 2 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 5
Laertes Foxwell G 12.0 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 3
Total   240 36 83 6 22 14 25 12 44 22 10 6 5 14 92

Eastern Rookies Boxscore

Name Pos Min FGM FGA 3PtM 3PtA FTM FTA Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
Akiak Pratt PG 27.0 2 8 1 3 2 2 1 4 5 2 1 1 1 7
Hector Hart SG 29.0 8 16 2 5 3 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 21
Danica Magnano SF 28.0 3 7 1 3 1 2 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 8
Erik Toivonen PF 32.0 3 9 0 3 0 0 3 13 5 4 1 1 2 6
Tia Terra C 36.0 5 7 0 0 3 3 3 9 0 0 0 2 3 13
Arex Gonnes Katu G 9.0 4 9 3 5 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 11
Tahiry Andriamatsinoro F 15.0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5
Andrius Vilkasaitis G 13.0 4 7 0 0 2 2 0 2 4 1 0 0 0 10
Noah Brown F 18.0 3 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 2 1 0 0 1 6
Timothy Svengaard F/C 12.0 1 3 0 0 2 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 4
Tasya Fangestu G/F 9.0 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3
Rebecca Goldberg C/F 12.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 1 0 3 2
Total   240 37 75 9 23 13 18 7 44 20 14 5 5 16 96

Rookie Challenge Portraits

Western Rookie Challenge Roster
Starters
Point Guard Shooting Guard Small Forward Power Forward Center
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38 Jona Vastenhout (Beech Martin, G) 15 Baxter Buckley (Beaver, G/F) 66 Chantal Magnano (Slender Mongoose, F) 72 Beau Dapremont (Poodle, F/C) 00 Tyrese Vaughan (Giant Otter, C)
Bench
Bigfur Bigfur Guard Forward Swingfur
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34 Lee Baraquin (Raccoon, C/F) 77 Mika Mishima (Tanuki, F/C) 21 Doug Dawson (Barbary Lion, G) 95 Takeru Ishijima (Siberian Tiger, F) 7 Ruqayya Barakah (Brandt's Hedgehog, F/G)
Reserves
Bigfur Guard Alternates:
* Anele Nel
* Tadley Weston
* Tua Wati
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17 Natalie Bellemare (Atlantic Puffin, C/F) 4 Laertes Foxwell (American Pit Bull Terrier, G)
Eastern Rookie Challenge Roster
Starters
Point Guard Shooting Guard Small Forward Power Forward Center
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31 Akiak Pratt (Husky, G) 4 Hector Hart (Deer, G) 99 Danica Magnano (Slender Mongoose, F) 81 Erik Toivonen (Finnish Forest Reindeer, C/F) 22 Tia Terra (Opossum, C/F)
Bench
Guard Forward Guard Forward Bigfur
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88 Arex Gonnes Katu (Okapi, G) 22 Tahiry Andriamatsinoro (Ring-Tailed Lemur, F) 6 Andrius Vilkasaitis (Eurasian Wolf, G) 32 Noah Brown (Rabbit, F) 55 Timothy Svengaard (Red Deer, F/C)
Reserves
Swingfur Bigfur Alternates:
* Daisuke Tenno
* Jonas McMillan
* Marshall Anderson-Rhodes
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1 Tasya Fangestu (Sumatran Tiger, G/F) 9 Rebecca Goldberg (Charolais Cow, C/F)

2017 FBA Dunk Contest

Players interested in participating at this event are required to pre-register prior to the voting period; 25 athletes have registered their names on the ballot. Of those in the pool of dunkers, the 8 players with the most votes will be invited to show off their skills during this event, with the remainder notified as alternates in case of injury or last-minute withdrawal. Players will not be matched up against each other in an elimination bracket, and have to score in the top half each round or be eliminated.

Contestants

  Player Team Height Weight
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Adam Tevela (Linsang, F) Queens Pride 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg)
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Agundio Salvatore Atti-Morales (Cuban Black Hawk/Common Kestrel Hybrid, F) Lorain Firestorm 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 245 lb (111 kg)
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Barnaby Jazz (Shark, C/F) San Jose Thrust 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) 327 lb (148 kg)
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Erik Toivonen (Finnish Forest Reindeer, C/F) Plymouth Taproots 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) 252 lb (114 kg)
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Lance Wildfyre (Rabbit, G) Arizona Whips 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) 178 lb (81 kg)
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Scoonie Barrett (Otter, F/C) Hawaii Kahunas 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 262 lb (119 kg)
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Sterling Bengtzing (Marbled Polecat, C/F) Montana Howlers 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 257 lb (117 kg)
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Tia Terra (Opossum, C/F) Bangor Tides 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) 240 lb (109 kg)
Winner
Runner-up
Third Place
Fourth Place

Judges

A panel of five judges were gathered to provide scoring for the event.

In-World

  • Blanca Paige, finalist from Ru'Starr's Drag Race
  • Carol Majewski, star player from the early days of the Williamsburg Minutemen
  • Hildegard Tetrealt, head coach of the Tallahassee Typhoons in her 4th year, Zicke (She paid us to say this)
  • Jason Ha, FSPN reporter
  • Ryan Eastman, SportsDen broadcaster

OOC

Quarterfinal Round

The order of dunks in this round was determined by random draw, with one exception: the player that received the most votes (Barnaby Jazz) chose where in the order he would go. The shark elected to go first.

1. Barnaby Jazz

Entitled "Double-Dunk", Barnaby palmed a ball in one hand while practicing tosses of another ball into the air like in preparation for an alley-oop. He uses up four of the five minutes allotted for his prep, tweaking the pass each time until feeling ready for his actual attempt. The shark throws the ball up towards the hoop, then times his jump to power dunk the first ball through the hoop and bounce off his knee as he catches the second and dunks that ball with his other hand in close succession to the first, his arm above his head.

Two dunks for the price of one? Count me in on that deal. An impressive dunk that requires excellent peripheral vision and hand-eye coordination.

— Ryan Eastman, SportsDen

Although lacking in any exceedingly complicated elements, it was a very solid and extremely well executed dunk. If you can keep this level of execution up, while perhaps becoming a bit more creative, you have a good shot of winning this thing.

— Jason Ha, FSPN

The dexterity and the clean technique earn a decent score from me. However, you show some reluctance and lack of confidence in how long you took to practice, and some of that comes across in the execution.

— Hildegard Tetreault, Tallahassee Typhoons

1st Round Score: 39.0

2. Erik Toivonen

Entitled "A Star-Spangled Tribute to Healey Davis", Erik has decided to come out with his guitar, as he’s somewhat known for his musical talent locally in Minnesota, Plymouth and Las Vegas where he played on the night before being drafted by Plymouth. Still wearing his Plymouth uniform, he starts performing the Star-Spangled Banner on his guitar, much like one of his musical idols Jimi Yeendrix, but with a little less flair, still using finger flicking and the whammy bar. Putting the guitar aside and taking the ball at the half-court, the reindeer runs towards the basket and jumps from the free-throw line to dunk the ball in, much like Healey Davis used to do, just with no added flair like double-clutches or spread legs. It’s not a very fancy dunk, with a lot of airtime and his arm extended fully upward and forward when the ball swishes through the hoop without much of a rim rattle, the rookie landing clean on the hardwood after the ball bounces off their shoulder.

Great job there, reminds me of myself though I don't think I ever took off from the foul line. I didn't get the guitar solo though; this ain't American Idol.

— Carol Majewski

Well, this is a tough one. Back when Davis did this we questioned how many others could, but as time has gone on we’ve seen it done more and more. This dunk shows off the raw speed and jumping power necessary to clear such a distance, and a heck of clean execution of a classic, but remove the fanfare that preceded it and we are left with a rather bare-bones dunk we’ve seen before.

— Ryan Eastman, SportsDen

Too simple. The showmanship should showcase the technique of the dunk, and there was something disjointed between the music and the dunk. No flash, nothing like Healey Davis, just a simple dunk.

— Hildegard Tetreault, Tallahassee Typhoons

1st Round Score: 31.5

3. Lance Wildfyre

Lance starts with a basketball in his paws, staring up at the basket as he stands in the paint just in front of the hoop. Footage from the rabbit's recent trip to space plays on the jumbotron as the actual voiceover from his launch is heard, "T-Minus 10... 9.... 8... 7.. 6... 5... 4... 3... 2... 1... We have liftoff... " Lance drops and crouches just after "1" to time with the audio, then springs up in perfect timing to the "liftoff" and performs a 540-degree windmill from a dead stop vertical just under the basket, mimicking a rocket taking off into space. Well, more like a 550-degree spin, as the bunny's shoulders and body got a little more turn than anticipated, even though the ball was dunked behind his head without any rattling from the rim.

The execution was a little off, but impressive to pull off that rotation without a run-up!

— Ryan Eastman, SportsDen

Now THIS is what I'm talking about! This is where presentation is good. Fits right in with the dunk.

— Carol Majewski

Ground Control to Major Bun!

I am so hoping that you’re starting out with a minimalist presentation for the first round and that you’ll be doing something super spectacular for later rounds should you get there. I mean, with you having been in space and everything, you really had a chance to capitalize on it here, and... I really felt you could have taken this a little further even in round one. As for the dunk itself, you executed it, but you overextended and didn’t get the perfect 540 like you were planning and you're leaving me wanting more in the presentation.

— Blanca Paige

1st Round Score: 41.5

4. Adam Tevela

Adam stands ready and focused with the ball and once he's signaled to begin, he bounces the ball backwards and starts running toward the basket. Using his long ringtail to catch and cradle the ball, he dribbles it with the tail. At the right moment, he smacks the ball in the air with his tail hard to make it arch above him as he leaps high in the air toward the basket! He catches the ball in mid-air a bit awkwardly and then tries to pass it under one of his raised legs while his body pivots in the air, but fumbles it as it bounces away. The linsang re-sets back in position and takes a breath for his second allowed attempt, and once again gets the approach with the tail-dribble and the self-alley-oop and jump going. This time he pulls off the under the leg pass while performing his 180-degree turn, and then with both of his paws on the ball Adam tries to dunk the ball into the basket with both paws behind his head... and "Korbers" it off the back of the rim, bouncing the ball high into the air and away from the hoop.

'A' for effort as the second try almost went off without a hitch. I'd like to see that made sometime.

— Carol Majewski

I... am going to take pity and not go savage on you, darling. You probably feel terrible enough as it is. So, let’s just rip the bandage.

— Blanca Paige

I appreciate the complexity of what you were attempting to pull off here, though you tried a few too many things. Points for creativity, although the failed execution means I can't give it a pass.

— Jason Ha, FSPN

1st Round Score: 21.5

5. Sterling Bengtzing

The lights dim down at the other end of the court, one white light shining down to the polecat's figure that stands on a small platform as his head is looking slightly down. Guitar chords sound ominously in the background one by one, the mustelid's silhouette standing still on its spot, clad only in his ASW basketball shorts, showing his scarred, yet toned, muscular body. He dribbles a ball very slowly, to the rhythm of the guitar, until it all falls silent with a beat of a drum. Sterling then looks up, an icy glare in his features as the spotlight shines on him. A flaring guitar solo1 fills the stadium, alongside flashes of white lights all over the court, the mustelid's hair blowing wildly in a machine-generated wind as the bigfur soaks in the moment while feeling the music filling his body. When the guitar solo reaches its high point, the polecat walks down a few steps, the wind machine turning off while the lights in the stadium's ceiling make a direct line down the center of the court towards the hoop. On the last moments of the solo, he times his steps, dribbling the ball in a bit of a counterpoint rhythm (though not perfectly) as he sprints to the hoop and jumps, passing the ball between his legs from one hand to the other, sinking the ball through the front of the hoop in what seems like an effortless ordeal. Upon returning back to the center of the court, he invites someone to the platform, presenting the big, burly moose who responded to the call as Daisy Stephanie, the woman (a fact that shocks some) who shredded that guitar solo just minutes before out of view. "I take giving solids and promises to my friends very seriously." he jests, as he gestures the crowd to applaud her.

Another very solid performance and another guitar. This time, the music was very well incorporated into the dunk attempt, and while perhaps a bit more practice could have been used in the timing, the dunk itself was very well done.

— Jason Ha, FSPN

Solid dunk, but a touch on the plain side. And I gotta say that the music and posturing just makes you come off as a... well, I’m not allowed to say the actual word here, sweetie, but... it rhymes with "canker."

— Blanca Paige

Pumping the crowd up is one thing, but this isn’t the 2017 Hype Man Contest, so let’s look at the dunk itself. The dunk itself had a clean execution, but the technical difficulty was a step below some of other dunks we’ve seen so far.

— Ryan Eastman, SportsDen

1st Round Score: 33.0 (eliminates Adam Tevela)

6. Scoonie Barrett

Scoonie starts the dunk on the left side of the court, one ball in each paw. After he’s given the signal, he throws one up in the air before attacking the rim with the other in his grasp. The toss, however, did not have the right angle and height for the otter's liking as soon as he jumped, simply catching the ball and going back for his second attempt. The second toss is much better as he goes up for a one-pawed dunk with the ball still in his paw, and in a fluid motion Scoonie brings his rudder tail up to complete the alley-oop and dunk the second ball with his tail as he comes down, though the ball scarily rattles around the inside of the rim before falling through the net.

Now this fancy dunk I liked because it was eventually nailed down. It can be hard to get one of those started, I understand. Good work.

— Carol Majewski

Another example of the dunk being too difficult for the player to perform successfully, for the most part. However, the use of their other appendage in their tail was an impressive enough not to tank.

— Hildegard Tetreault, Tallahassee Typhoons

A great attempt at some complexity using the tail. However, the end result was risky and only got completed due to luck.

— Jason Ha, FSPN

1st Round Score: 37.0 (eliminates Erik Toivonen)

7. Agundio Salvatore Atti-Morales

A chair is placed under the backboard. In the chair is a masked avian with a cello in hand, sitting close to a piano manned by a second, thinner masked avian. The musicians begin to play an excerpt of a twentieth-Century piece2 as Agundio comes out, dribbling the ball gently while looking to the cellist. As the cellist continues to play, Agundio speeds up, moving closer to the net as the music intensifies. When Agundio is on the three point line, he then dribbles once before rushing at the net and leaping, lifting one of his talons in the air. The avian has to adjust his extended leg slightly due to his jump as he brings the ball up with both winghands, slamming it through the net. With Agundio's momentum, however, the ball powers through the net and rolls off his body towards the pianist. Agundio's adjusted talon reaches out and catches the ball as the cellist cadences on the final bars of the piece. The avian holds the ball just in front of the pianist’s beak, remaining still for a few seconds.

You had the opportunity to do something more impressive in catching the ball with your foot, but it was nearly missed. Again, the props try to distract us from it being a simple dunk, even if done sufficiently. I may ask the cellist on a date.

— Hildegard Tetreault, Tallahassee Typhoons

The most interesting 'props' dunk, definitely. Love that you nailed it on the first try AND the ball didn't hit anyone or the instruments!

— Carol Majewski

Ooh, I didn’t know there was going to be a graduation ceremony today! And here I forgot my cap and gown. That said, the music was... m’eh... but you kept the cadence. Uh, the grab at the end was a nice touch to save your pianist, but... nothing too spectacular about the dunk or the way you presented it.

— Blanca Paige

1st Round Score: 32.5 (eliminated)

8. Tia Terra

Tia walks to the center of the court with a microphone, wearing her Bangor Tides warm up jacket and sweats and looks out into the crowd. She seems nervous, but she soon takes a deep breath and smiles a little. “Hi everyone.” She utters. “Um... when I was a little girl growing up in Tennessee, my mama told me to build a hoop in our back yard. It was really hard, but soon I built it and made sure it was 'bout 10 feet tall and started shooting jump shots... well, jump shots soon turned to layups and layups soon turned into dunks. Dunking became my favorite thing to do and my back yard became my favorite playground... because really, no matter what... I’m just a Tennessee girl at heart... so tonight, I would like to welcome everybody to my playground!!!” Tia then pulls off her sweatpants to reveal her Vanderbarn University basketball shorts and took off her jacket to reveal a white shirt that said ‘Just a girl from Tennessee’ on it. The possum then grabs the basketball off the hardwood and faces the basket while standing at center court. She then rolls the ball down her back and onto her tail until her tailtip wraps around the ball in a solid grip. Tia then dashes for the hoop until she thought her left foot was on the foul line (it was well behind it, but still within the half-circle key area) where she jumps high and spins around in the air. Completing a 360-degree turn she then threw the ball up to her head with her tail, accidentally hitting her muzzle hard from the force of her tail's pass along with the momentum of the spin, but continued to turn another 180-degrees. Finally, she caught the ball with a bit of a bobble and did a reverse dunk that rattled through the hoop before falling through. She hung on the rim and smiled at the crowd before dropping down.

Oh my! You certainly brought the heat to the desert, didn’t you? A couple technical errors, and this one had the potential to get away from you, but you recovered, and you pulled it off fantastically, darling. You have set the bar high for the coming competitors and the coming rounds. Be proud, and know that you have earned this!

— Blanca Paige

You use what you have, and this rookie does so. Complicated like some of the other attempts, you at least pull off most of what you set out to do. A few mishaps keep the score from being better, but this could have easily been the most impressive dunk with more practice.

— Hildegard Tetreault, Tallahassee Typhoons

I think you may wish to go check with the doctor after that dunk attempt, for I fear you may have given yourself a concussion. However, points for pulling it off, even if I'm not entirely sure getting hit in the face was intentional.

— Jason Ha, FSPN

1st Round Score: 38.0 (eliminates Sterling Bengtzing)

Results

Draw Contestant Points
1 Barnaby Jazz (Shark, C/F) 39.0
2 Erik Toivonen (Finnish Forest Reindeer, C/F) 31.5
3 Lance Wildfyre (Rabbit, G) 41.5
4 Adam Tevela (Linsang, F) 21.5
5 Sterling Bengtzing (Marbled Polecat, C/F) 33.0
6 Scoonie Barrett (Otter, F/C) 37.0
7 Agundio Salvatore Atti-Morales (Cuban Black Hawk/Common Kestrel Hybrid, F) 32.5
8 Tia Terra (Opossum, C/F) 38.0
Semifinalist

Footnotes

1 music/solo sample> https://youtu.be/NFsrzAcZA58?t=2m
2 music excerpt> https://youtu.be/b0b03WHkakY?t=6m30s

Semifinal Round

The order of dunks in this round was determined by Lance Wildfyre as he was the player who scored the highest in the previous round.

Final Round

The order of dunks will be determined by the results of a coin flip called by the winner of the last round.

Recent Dunk Winners

2017 FBA 3-Point Shootout

To combat fatigue from the players while still featuring as many sharpshooters as possible, players were only seeded against each other in the first round based on their voting results. Winners of the elimination bracket round will not be matched up against each other in the second round, only having to be one of the top three scores in order to advance to the final round.

The Event took place canonically on Saturday, February 25 at 9 PM EST.

Contestants

Seed Player Team Height Weight
1 Kresta Renstill (Silver Fox, G) Montana Howlers 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 165 lb (75 kg)
2 Cliff Matthiews (Canadian Lynx, G) Alaska Arctics 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg)
3 Julian Cross-Kiraly (Saluki, G) Hawaii Kahunas 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 170 lb (77 kg)
4 Matthew Silvius (Long-Tailed Weasel, G/F) Dakota Bikers 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 224 lb (102 kg)
5 Jake Velox (Swift Fox, G) Tallahassee Typhoons 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 160 lb (73 kg)
6 Misha Maxwell (Cheetah, G) Las Vegas Wildcards 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg)
7 Lance Wildfyre (Rabbit, G) Arizona Whips 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) 178 lb (81 kg)
8 Blythe Nacht (Red Fox, G) San Jose Thrust 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg)
9 Yves Carbonneau (Arctic Fox, G/F) Winnipeg Voyageurs 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg)
10 Rocky Caracal (Lynx, G) Plymouth Taproots 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg)
11 Narkissa Kassius (Ringtail Lemur, G) Tallahassee Typhoons 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 160 lb (73 kg)
12 Luukas Hirvonen (Cougar, G) Edmonton Totems 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 186 lb (84 kg)
13 Apiatan Redmane (Water Buffalo, G) Albany Alphas 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 159 lb (72 kg)
14 Jonathan Lawyer (Meerkat, F/G) San Jose Thrust 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg)
15 Marcus Knight (River Otter, G) Texas Lone Stars 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 189 lb (86 kg)
16 Micah Davenport (Border Collie, F/G) Queens Pride 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 240 lb (109 kg)

Opening Bracket Round

The order in this round will be determined by seeding order, based on when the top seed chooses when their matchup would occur: at the beginning of the round, at the end of the first half, at the start of the second half, or at the end of the round.

(Intro by Chris Whalen:)

For those who haven't seen this contest in the past, each player gets 25 chances to shoot from the 3 point line, each shot worth a point each. The exception being that the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th and 25th shot are worth 2 points each. To signify these special shots, the balls have been painted in a midnight blue with white speckles to resemble the night sky. We call these the "star bonus balls" or "money balls". Shots are divided into five racks positioned around the three-point arc, with five balls on each rack. The competitors may start at any rack they choose, but most usually start at one corner and work their way up to the shoulder and the top of the arc before going down to the other shoulder and finishing in the opposite corner. Scores are tallied based on buckets made within each 60-second time limit, and do not carry over into the following rounds.

#1 vs. #16
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
Kresta Renstill (Silver Fox, G) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N Y Y Y Y N
20 2.0 4.0 6.2 8.2 10.1 13.2 15.1 17.3 19.5 21.8 24.4 27.7 29.6 32.1 34.8 37.5 39.7 41.9 43.9 46.7 50.1 52.3 54.5 57.0 59.1
Micah Davenport (Border Collie, F/G) Y N Y N N N Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
21 2.1 4.3 6.5 8.7 10.9 13.9 17.1 19.3 21.4 23.7 26.4 28.5 30.6 32.7 35.5 38.2 40.3 42.4 44.7 47.7 51.2 53.6 55.8 57.7 60.2

So, who wanted to see the semifinalist make mincemeat out of a newbie in this year’s contest? Anyone? Because sorry folks, but… well, we all walk away a little disappointed today.

Kresta Renstill, who was one of last year’s semifinalists, was first on the plate, and for the first pass, she looked to be absolutely on fire, sinking every last ball into the net. Her second station suffered a little bit, but it was nothing that an impressive performance at the next station could not handle. She did lose some of her focus on the final two stations, of course, but by then her cushion was good enough that she could afford to lose a few balls, with twenty points across her whole run.

At least, that was the thought before the Pride’s resident PR nightmare Micah Davenport got to the line. The start of his run was incredibly shaky, with very few baskets sunk on his first station and only half of his baskets sunk on the next one. But then, when he missed the second basket of his third station, something switched: the end result was a flawless run on the remaining shots, with every single one landing their mark. It was enough that Davenport managed to sneak into the next round by a single point, which he responded to with a fist pump and a grin.

Hey, at least that was all he did. I was half expecting worse!

-Will Steinberg

#8 vs. #9
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
Blythe Nacht (Red Fox, G) Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
22 2.2 4.4 6.4 8.5 10.7 13.7 15.9 17.8 20.1 22.4 25.1 27.4 29.4 31.9 34.6 37.1 39.3 41.2 43.4 46.2 49.1 51.5 53.7 56.3 58.7
Yves Carbonneau (Arctic Fox, G/F) N Y Y N N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N N Y N Y N N Y Y N Y N
13 2.1 4.1 6.4 8.6 10.9 13.8 16.1 18.0 20.2 22.4 25.1 27.1 29.3 31.3 33.8 36.7 38.7 40.6 42.8 45.5 48.8 51.0 53.6 55.8 57.9

It was the battle of the captain foxes, black vs white, the chessboard, who would cry checkmate in this round?

Unlike traditional chess, it was the black-furred one, Blythe Nacht's time to begin. Feeling motivated after a successful second-run in San Jose and a promotion to co-captain, the vulpine was clearly pumped at having a shot in the contest many thought he would be a star in. He gave a great run at first, hitting all but the two-pointer, Blythe kept a steady rhythm, but we could tell he was growing increasingly annoyed at his hit-miss rhythm. He took a breath before his third money shot.... and right then and there, something happened that got other contestants scared at. Swish. Swish. Swish. Swish. It was a flawless stream of shots that racked up his score. Save for a small flub in the second to last one, he hit every shot remaining, up to closing his run with an extremely satisfying swish. He racked up an insane 22 points, a ceiling that could intimidate any rival.

Carbonneau came up next, determined to surpass that score. While he could make one of the money shots his opponent failed at, his performance was fairly more spotty. By the 25 second mark, his shots still saw the same performance, without any peaks, increasing his speed in contract to the Thrust's co-captain as a response to his score. By the 40-second mark, it was clear that the math was done: Nacht was going to the next round. Yves completed his run with honor, but with 13 points, he had to bow out of his round, congratulating his fellow fox on the court.

-Z. Donovan

#4 vs. #13
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/F) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y N Y N Y Y N Y N N N Y Y N
17 2.3 4.2 6.4 8.5 10.7 13.8 16.0 18.0 20.1 22.4 25.3 27.4 29.4 31.8 34.2 37.2 39.2 41.5 43.9 46.9 50.1 52.1 55.6 57.9 60.5
Apiatan Redmane (Water Buffalo, G) Y Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y Y N N Y N Y Y
17 2.0 4.1 6.0 8.0 10.2 13.4 15.6 17.9 20.2 22.4 25.1 27.3 29.5 31.5 35.5 38.4 40.9 43.0 45.4 48.4 51.6 53.6 56.0 58.2 60.6

Up next was Dakota versus Albany, as Matthew Silvius and Apiatan Redmane faced off in this one-vs-one.

Silvius, the ex-tennis player from the Bikers, came in the building a big favorite in the betting odds and since the timer started he gave those supporters what they were coming for, with a flawless first round of shots completed in astonishing speed. The second round went four out of five, but missing the money shot. Some saw that put the pressure on the weasel, as his shots grew somewhat more desperate, his frustration palpable as he couldn't make a two-pointer after two-pointer. He still managed to rack up some points in his zig-zag pattern, up to two last successful ones after three missed ones. The buzzer sounded as his failed final shot didn't count in his final score, leaving him with a challenging 17 points for his opponent to surpass

Sky Bison's turn's up next. Many reported his inclusion in the contest as somewhat left-field, but no one would have guessed that as Redmane kept a very consistent rhythm going up first. While he didn't manage any large streaks, unlike Silvius, he managed to sink two money shots in a row; even after a failed string of three shots, his score racking up the mustelid's. Up to his last run, Apiatan kept trying, his success rate similar to his rival's. He managed to equal his opponent with a shot to spare, which he valianty threw for a flawless connection. For a split second he believed he eliminated Silvius, but officials confirmed Apiatan was way overtime in his last try, effectively leaving him with also with 17 points.

This one would have to go through another round, the weasel surely feeling some deja-vu from last year nipping at his heels

-Z. Donovan

#5 vs. #12
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
Jake Velox (Swift Fox, G) Y Y N Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N Y Y
20 2.1 4.3 6.4 8.5 10.5 13.4 15.7 18.0 20.1 22.2 24.9 27.2 29.1 31.5 34.2 36.6 38.6 40.6 42.8 46.4 49.8 52.3 54.8 57.4 59.8
Luukas Hirvonen (Cougar, G) N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N N N
15 2.0 4.1 6.2 8.3 10.4 13.5 15.8 18.1 20.2 22.4 24.9 26.8 29.0 31.1 33.8 36.2 38.2 40.1 42.5 45.1 48.4 50.5 52.7 54.7 56.6

Well, someone came roaring out of the gate here. And in this case, I’d say it’s a welcome return to form for some folks. So, after attempting his old strategy on the 2015 Dunk Contest and failing miserably with it in 2016, Jake Velox opted to just try shooting the ball this time. And… it was actually a fairly respectable performance. There was not one station where he managed to sink every ball: however, where the shots counted, he sank them with confidence, and on most stations he sank at least half of his shots. This perhaps contributed to his final score of 20: he scored just enough to be put in a respectable camp.

Lukaas Hirvonen, on the other hand, looked unusually quiet as he took his place in the three-point contest. And though his focus looked like it was where it needed to be, he somehow seemed far more unfocused than Jake Velox looked to be. It became evident from when he missed his very first shot: Hirvonen was not going to move on to the next round, and when he missed all but one of this two-point shots, it became astoundingly clear that he had missed his chance. And when he ended his run four seconds too early, it was clear he was four seconds too fast for the contest. So with a grin, Velox has moved on. Maybe he’ll be back to get his crown?

-Will Steinberg

#2 vs. #15
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
Cliff Matthiews (Canadian Lynx, G) Y Y Y Y N Y N N N Y Y N Y N N N Y N N N Y Y N N Y
12 2.3 4.3 6.5 8.6 10.8 14.1 16.0 18.0 20.2 23.4 25.8 27.7 30.0 32.0 35.0 37.9 41.3 43.2 45.6 48.2 52.6 54.8 57.4 59.6 61.9
Marcus Knight (River Otter, G) Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y N N Y N Y N Y N Y Y
21 2.0 4.3 6.5 8.5 10.7 13.7 15.6 17.5 19.5 21.5 24.0 26.1 28.3 30.6 33.7 36.1 38.4 40.4 42.5 45.1 48.5 50.7 53.0 55.3 57.6

The defending three-point champion Cliff Matthews versus a popular contender. Some say you need to throw seeds out the window in this competition because anything can happen once that clock starts and rock guitar music starts blaring.

Well, something did happen here.

Matthews was his precise self, his rhythm good, nailing his first four from the left corner and just missing sinking the red, white and blue money ball. Then what seemed to be off was he slipped slightly going to the second rack, costing him a couple tenths of a second in the transfer.

Matthews missed the middle three on the rack, salvaging the money ball, and he just continued to seem off the rest of the way. The form was there, but the shots just weren't falling like he wanted. By the time he got to the last rack, he had only made ten points. The lynx seemed to shake his head in disbelief as he watched the last money ball shot swish into the net, making his final score 13 points.

The door was open for Marcus Knight, and he took it, keeping a good rhythm throughout and at one point making eight straight shots. The otter also knocked down all five of his money balls, punching his ticket to the next round by sinking his third money ball. Afterwards, Cliff graciously shook Marcus's paw, displaying the sportsmanship he's always been known for. He was still searching for answers.

"I don't make excuses, but I admit I was off there. I don't know if it was the music, that little slip I did or what. Congrats to Marcus, hope he goes far," Cliff said afterwards. Marcus seemed appreciative.

"It was an honor to go up against Cliff who's been so great this year. I'll do my best for the next round, that's gonna be nuts," he said. The winners of the first round bracket all play for themselves in the second round and the top three scorers will advance to the final round.

-A. Stanton

#7 vs. #10
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
Lance Wildfyre (Rabbit, G) Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N N Y N
22 2.0 4.3 6.3 8.4 10.5 13.4 15.6 17.5 19.7 22.0 24.5 26.7 28.8 31.2 33.8 36.5 38.4 40.7 43.2 45.9 49.1 51.4 53.7 55.8 58.1
Rocky Caracal (Lynx, G) Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
18 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.2 10.2 13.1 15.2 17.4 19.4 21.5 24.2 27.3 30.4 33.6 37.3 41.1 44.1 47.0 50.2 53.8 58.0 61.6 64.8 67.8 70.9

Lance Wildfyre having the higher seed chose to shoot second, leaving it to the 14 year veteran to set the pace to beat.

Rocky Caracal started off making the first basket, but lost his stride with two quick misses. But the veteran was unphased, nailing twelve of the next fourteen shots, including all three moneyballs. Yet, despite the consistency Rocky began to slow, his stamina running out fast at the halfway point. His shooting remained strong despite the fatigue. Finishing with a strong showing of 18 points even with the last four balls left on the rack as time expired.

Lance Wildfyre took and you could feel the crowd’s roar. The Arizona fans turned out in mass and were making themselves heard as the countdown started. Lance matched Rocky in stride through the first two racks, but whereas Rocky faded, Lance got better. So much so that even the impressive score of 18 was defeated when Lance hit the fourth racks moneyball, giving him a score of 20 with 14 seconds left. With the win secured, Lance took a moment to pump the crowd up on the way to the final rack. Only two of his last five shots found the net, but with an impressive score of 22 Lance Wildfyre will be moving onto the next round and with this crowd behind him, who can stop his momentum?

-Ryan Eastman

#3 vs. #14
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
Julian Cross-Kiraly (Saluki, G) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y N N N Y N Y N Y N Y N Y Y Y
19 2.2 4.4 6.4 8.4 10.3 13.6 15.7 18.0 20.2 22.2 24.7 27.1 29.3 31.3 35.1 37.6 40.1 42.2 44.1 46.8 49.7 51.6 54.2 56.4 58.9
Jonathan Lawyer (Meerkat, F/G) Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N
20 2.2 4.2 6.3 8.3 10.5 13.5 15.4 17.7 19.7 21.7 24.3 26.4 28.7 30.8 33.3 36.2 38.3 40.3 42.2 44.9 48.0 50.0 52.0 54.2 56.7

A semi-finalist from last years 3 point contest against the first time contestant? Many thought this match-up was a foregone conclusion, but the best match-ups are the one’s you never expect.

Julian Cross-Kiraly from the Kahunas elected to go first, perhaps hoping to apply some pressure on Jonathan Lawyer of the San Jose Thrust. It appeared to be working, as you could see the tension building in the young meerkat as Julian hit shot after shot, nailing his first eight in a row. But that’s where it quickly fell apart, only hitting one of his next six. However the saluki smartly reset himself by taking extra time for the 3rd moneyball, but he could not regain the momentum from the first two racks. Back and forth he would make one, then miss the next. That streak was finally broken on the last three balls, providing a strong finish to a rocky two middle racks.

Jonathan took the floor, all the pressure on him after his opponent put up a respectable tally of 19 points. If he was nervous it didn't show. His first two racks were nearly perfect, only missing the 3rd shot from each rack. The confidence carried over to the next two racks, but on each he missed the moneyball. With only one rack left Jonathan needed three points to tie, or four to win. The young meerkat stepped up and hit his next four shots, taking a one point lead with only the moneyball left sitting in the rack.

With that we have another surprising upset, Jonathan Lawyer will be moving on while last year’s Semi-Finalist Julian Cross-Kiraly is sent home.

-Ryan Eastman

#6 vs. #11
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
Misha Maxwell (Cheetah, G) N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y N
19 2.1 4.4 6.4 8.5 10.6 13.5 15.8 18.0 19.9 21.9 24.7 27.0 29.2 31.5 34.4 37.4 39.3 41.6 45.1 48.2 51.8 54.1 56.2 58.5 60.9
Narkissa Kassius (Ringtail Lemur, G) Y Y N N N Y N Y N Y N N Y N N N N N N Y N N N Y N
9 1.9 4.1 6.1 8.1 10.0 14.3 16.5 18.7 20.7 23.1 25.9 28.0 30.2 32.3 34.8 37.5 40.7 43.9 47.5 51.3 54.7 57.1 59.0 62.7 65.3

Las Vegas Wildcards’ Shooting Guard Misha Maxwell and Tallahassee Typhoons’ Narkissa Kassius. Kassius makes her first appearance in the 3-point shootout. Maxwell has had an outstanding performance this season thus far, while Narkissa Kassius makes her appearance at this event. Both outstanding players who came a long way since the start of their basketball careers. Let’s say who’s the better player when it comes to making these tough shots.

Things started off great for Narkissa, making her shots until Misha countered her shots with her own and putting a lot of pressure on the ringtail lemur. The lemur definitely needs to focus here so she doesn’t lose here at this point in the game. The cheetah possessed accuracy and finesse while the lemur lacked those in her shots (sorry Narkissa!), ruining her chances to venture further into the 3-Point contest.

While Kassius proved her to represent her team in this celebratory event, she was no match for Maxwell’s overall performance and accuracy. The two females contested, fighting for a spot in the next round and seems that the cheetah from Las Vegas will advance to the next round.

-Curtis Matheson

Tiebreaker: #4 vs. #13
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
Apiatan Redmane (Water Buffalo, G) Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y N N Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
16 2.0 4.3 6.2 8.3 10.3 13.2 15.4 17.5 19.8 21.9 24.4 26.7 30.1 32.3 35.0 37.6 39.9 42.4 44.9 47.6 51.0 53.4 55.9 58.4 60.6
Matthew Silvius (Long-Tailed Weasel, G/F) Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
22 2.1 4.1 6.3 8.4 10.6 13.8 15.8 18.0 20.1 22.2 24.7 26.7 28.6 30.7 33.2 36.9 39.3 41.5 43.9 46.5 49.6 51.9 54.1 56.4 58.4

Matthew Silvius may be going for a new record tonight: player who has performed in the most tiebreakers for the FBA Three Point Contest. It seemed uncanny that the only tie-breaker for the evening involved the weasel from Durham, NC after being involved in last year's only tiebreaker as well. His competition was fierce, and fiercely pink: Apiatan Redmane.

Since Silvius had the first pick in the previous shootout, Redmane went first this time around. The Water Buffalo got off to a rocky start, only getting 7 of his first 15 shots, missing the second and third critical moneyball baskets. He recovered near the end, missing only 2 of the the last 9 shots he made. The buzzer unfortunately sounded before he could get to the last moneyball. His total was a respectable 16 points, but missing most of the moneyballs really hurt his overall total.

Silvius came charging out the gate: it was clear he wasn't willing to give up his second-round slot. Missing just 1 of his first 10 shots, the long-tailed weasel was on fire. In the third position, he took a moment to cool off a bit, making only one of the shots at the top of the arc, missing the moneyball altogether with a ball that just seemed to slip out of his paws. He made up for it, though, as he succeeded in grabbing 8 more shots on his way back around the hump. In the end, the weasel's 22 points outshone his first performance as he blasted to the second round, leaving the water buffalo out to dry.

-Chris Whalen

Semifinal Pool Round

Welcome back to the All-Star Week 3-Point shootout here in Flagstaff, Arizona. I'm Chris Whalen, your panda in the press, and if you're just joining us, we're about to start Round Two. Unlike the first round, the second and last rounds of the 3-Point shootout are purely based on merit. The top three shooters with the highest qualifying scores will move on to the finals, where it's head to head to head. The order in this round will be determined by the scores of the winners from the previous round, with those who scored lowest going earlier and those who scored highest going later.

FSPN Coverage of Round 2 with Chris Whalen

(Box scores and transcript will be available shortly.)

Misha Maxwell

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
Misha Maxwell (Cheetah, G) Y Y Y Y Y N N Y N N N Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N Y Y Y
16 2.0 4.0 6.2 8.3 10.3 13.5 15.6 17.8 19.8 22.0 24.6 27.8 30.2 32.3 35.2 37.7 40.0 42.1 45.3 48.3 51.9 54.0 55.9 58.4 60.3

Misha Maxwell is the first player here in this second round, in her second season in the FBA and her second All-Star Week to boot. The Cheetah from Boston, Massachusetts must be pleased to have made it to the second round here in the contest, after being edged out last year in the first round. After being traded immediately to the Wildcards on draft night, Maxwell continues to be a key asset for Las Vegas. As the lowest scoring contender in the first round, Maxwell knows she's got a lot to prove during this run if she wants to move on to the finals.

She's off to a great start, Maxwell sinks every shot at the first station in rapid succession. She's on fire as she moves on to the second stop on her tour. Oooh, her game is a little off, now; those shoulders are hard to judge sometimes, as she only manages one out of five in the second set. The top of the arc fares much better, as she sinks two regular balls and the money ball. It almost seems like she's got her groove back, but something about those shoulders has stymied her, and the cheetah misses the first three in Station Four. However, she does recover, and gets the ever important Star Ball and another basket to boot. At the last stop on the trip, she only manages two more baskets, before the buzzer sounds.

Maxwell sets the bar pretty high for a second-round start at 16. Let's see if she can keep that lead as the other contenders come to the line.

-Chris Whalen

Jake Velox

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
Jake Velox (Swift Fox, G) N N N N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y Y N N Y Y
13 2.0 4.1 6.2 9.5 12.7 16.9 19.1 21.4 23.4 25.7 28.1 30.4 32.8 35.1 37.5 40.3 42.5 44.4 46.4 49.5 53.0 55.4 57.8 60.3 62.9

Jake Velox, winner of the 2015 shootout, also got knocked out early last year. The swift fox from Nebraska is certainly a household name: one of the original members of Tallahassee's controversial Dawg Pack, Velox has certainly shown he can shine on his own, having been at the top of the scoreboard for points for several years now. Let's see if he can reclaim his title here tonight. First he's got to get through this second round.

And wow! The fox must know the pressure is on, because he completely bombs the first bracket! Will someone remind the fox that this is basketball, not golf? Huge loss there for the swift-fox as he manages to eek through the second station, getting three baskets but missing that critical Star Ball. Finally, though, he's got a good rhythm going at the top of the arc, missing just one of his shots, landing that Bonus ball, but will it be enough? Down the shoulder now, he sinks three more; he needs every basket now to beat Maxwell, but no… the first one goes in. He only has time for two more shots, both of them missing before time runs out.

Man, though, that first set -- did someone flash him and we just didn't see it? I didn't see anything, but can we get an intern on that? What happened? Really low score for Velox here, with only 13. I did not see that coming.

-Chris Whalen

Jonathan Lawyer

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) Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
23 2.2 4.3 6.4 8.4 10.3 13.5 15.7 17.9 20.0 22.2 24.8 26.8 28.7 30.6 33.1 35.8 38.5 40.9 43.0 45.9 49.0 51.4 53.7 55.9 58.0

This is also Jonathan Lawyer's second appearance at All-Star week, but his first for the 3-Point contest. In last year's Rookie Challenge, the meerkat from Savannah, GA only took one three-pointer, but he sunk it in style, and scored 10 points total as a starter in the Challenge. Overall, he has been a great little pick-up for the San Jose Thrust, let's see if he can do them proud and sink a couple more for the west coast.

Lawyer sinks three of the first five, though he misses the Star ball early on. Moving to the shoulder… the meerkat sinks every single one! He's not taking any time at all as he runs full-force to the next station, and puts up four more baskets! He's made 9 out of the last 10, that's just incredible! And he's got plenty of time left as he hits the opposite shoulder. He takes a little too much time, though, and he gets the next two in as well, but he misses the following two. He takes a couple precious seconds to line up the star Ball, and BAM! Two more points. In the last position, he's got all the time in the world, as the meerkat puts up 5 more points, missing only one!

Oh man, this is just unbelievable! The meerkat from Savannah has set the highest score so far in this competition with 23 points. Move over everyone, there's a new sheriff here in town, and his name is Jonathan Lawyer.

-Chris Whalen

Micah Davenport

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
Micah Davenport (Border Collie, F/G) Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y N Y
17 2.2 4.4 6.4 8.4 10.7 13.8 16.0 18.2 20.1 22.4 25.2 27.4 29.4 31.5 34.5 37.5 40.1 42.8 45.3 49.1 53.2 56.9 59.5 61.6 64.3

Micah Davenport also made his debut last year for All-Star Week in the rookie challenge, and is also appearing for the first time in the 3-point contest this year. The Border Collie was picked up as the local sensation for the Newark Pride, having grown up right in Newark, NJ. Davenport has a 44% three-point average on the court, but tonight he's shot 75% so far. Let's see if he can keep it up here in the second round.

Micah is off to a great start, but oooh… misses the Star ball at the first station. At the left shoulder he takes a little more time to center himself, missing the first but sinking the other four with no trouble at all. Top of the arc? Same story, first one was a test shot, the rest go in without a problem. He's making great time as he's coming down the other shoulder. First one goes in, no problem… but… the Border Collie suddenly goes cold! Miss… miss… miss… miss… he's trying to recalibrate but those last two eat up any extra time he had. First shot at the last station, also a miss, but he gets two more in before the buzzer.

17 points though, that's not bad for a second round score. That's gonna knock Velox out of the running, though - the fox doesn't seem too happy, but the collie appears to be content to sit in the middle of the pack for now.

-Chris Whalen

Marcus Knight

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Marcus Knight (River Otter, G) Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y N N Y N N Y Y N Y
14 2.1 4.3 6.2 8.4 10.3 14.5 16.7 19.1 21.3 23.7 26.6 29.0 31.2 33.1 35.6 38.3 40.3 42.8 45.2 48.2 51.6 54.0 56.3 58.7 60.7

Marcus Knight, yet another who went out early in last year's shootout. This is turning out to be a night full of revenge for last year and hope for some of the newcomers. Knight was the 2014 MVP for the Rookie Challenge, and has competed in the 3-point shootout in every year of his career thus far, though this is the first year that he's made it into the second round. The Walk-On River Otter has been a valuable player for Texas from day one, and proves that you don't have to be drafted to be successful in the FBA.

Knight starts his second round with two good shots, but missing the rest at the first station. Moving around to the left shoulder, he sinks in four, but misses the important Star ball before moving on. The center position nets him 4 more points, missing a pair of baskets, but getting in his first Bonus ball. Rounding to the other shoulder, Knight seems to be cooling off, with just two regular baskets. Coming up against the clock, the otter lands two shots, and the bonus ball right at the end, but… no, wait! The officials say he didn't get the shot off before the buzzer! Oooh, that's going to hurt him, big time.

Unfortunately a score of 14 points isn't going to be enough for him to move on. Still, a personal best for the otter, making it to the second round for the first time in four years has got to count for something.

-Chris Whalen

Blythe Nacht

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
Blythe Nacht (Red Fox, G) Y N N Y Y Y Y Y N N Y N N N Y Y N N Y N N N Y N N
13 1.9 4.1 6.0 8.1 10.3 13.4 15.5 17.8 20.0 22.3 25.2 27.5 29.7 31.8 35.8 38.4 40.8 43.3 45.6 48.4 51.7 53.7 56.8 59.2 61.7

Up next is Blythe Nacht, who tied with Lance Wildfyre and Matthew Silvius for the highest number of points in the first round with 22. Unlike the other two, this is Nacht's first appearance in the All-Star Week festivities, despite being a two-time FBA champion. Nacht is one of only ten current players with a 3-point average over 50%. The fox from Nebraska City, NE has been a valuable asset to the four teams he's been on since his rookie year in 2010. If anyone has a shot of breaking Lawyer's score, I think it's Nacht.

Out of the gate, the fox earns 4 out of 6 points, missing a pair in the middle for his first station. At the right shoulder, now, he makes another 3 baskets, but this time misses one of the Star balls, not looking too happy about that. At the midway point, he sinks the first, but misses the next three, before taking a moment to re-center himself for the Bonus, which he makes without a hitch. Along the opposite shoulder, the fox's troubles continue to add up as he only makes 3 of the last 9 of his shots, not managing to finish in time for the very last one.

13 points is going to be enough to tie for last place in Round Two, both foxes putting up a surprisingly poor showing here in this round.

-Chris Whalen

Lance Wildfyre

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
Lance Wildfyre (Rabbit, G) Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N
19 2.2 4.4 6.4 8.6 10.8 13.8 15.7 17.8 19.8 22.2 24.8 26.8 29.3 31.3 33.8 36.6 38.6 40.6 43.3 45.8 48.9 51.1 53.0 55.5 58.2

Lance Wildfyre is the really the bunny to beat here in the second round. His strong showing in the preliminaries proves that this bunny is back with a vengeance. He's the only competitor in the All-Star festivities this year who was invited to all three events, a feat he's accomplished for two years now, although this year, he turned down his invitation to the All-Star Game so that "someone else could have a shot" at it. But after being last year's runner-up to the Three Point and Dunk contest, it seems he wasn't quite willing enough to give up his chance at redemption in these two competitions.

Wildfyre comes out of the gate with a gallop, making 3 shots at the first station, but missing his first Star ball. The shoulder gives him a little more luck; although he misses the first, the following 4 shots on the left shoulder go in without trouble at all. Rounding out toward the top of the arc, the rabbit sinks 2, then misses 2, before landing the Star ball with no problems. The other shoulder sees a similar treatment, 2 and 2 with the successful bonus. He's really wasting no time between sets, as the last one sees 3 more baskets, though he does miss the bonus with a whole two seconds to spare.

Wow, that was fast, fastest time we've seen in this round second to Lawyer… which is exactly where the rabbit ends up with 19 points, guaranteeing a spot for the rabbit in the finals, even if Silvius beats him out. He's gotta be feeling pretty good about that.

-Chris Whalen

Matthew Silvius

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/F) N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y N N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N
16 2.1 4.2 6.3 8.5 10.7 13.8 16.0 18.2 20.4 22.8 25.2 27.6 29.9 32.2 35.1 37.8 40.0 42.2 44.1 46.6 49.9 51.9 54.5 56.9 59.5

Last but certainly not least is Matthew Silvius, the Long-tailed Weasel from Durham, NC. He was picked up in the first round last year by the Dakota Bikers, who have used the weasel to his fullest potential, developing him into one of their key franchise players. He's got to be feeling a little bit of déjà vu here. This year and last year, he was stuck in a tiebreaker round to move on to the second heat. This year and last year, he's across the court from Lance Wildfyre, although this time he doesn't have to beat the rabbit to move on, even though it'll definitely help his chances.

With his starting set, the weasel gets 3 out of 5, though he misses that critical Bonus shot. The next set is the same, earning him 3 points. He's really dragging it as he comes along the crest, you can see the fatigue as he makes only two shots at the top. Silvius re-centers himself in the opposite shoulder, and finally starts to wake up a little, making all but one of his shots and getting his first Star ball. He needs to make all the shots in this next set to move on, or miss only one to go into another tiebreaker. The first two are good! The next, a miss, the last is good! And then, right at the buzzer!

Ouch! The ball bounces twice and rolls off the rim. Such a let down for the weasel, you can see he's absolutely crushed. Unfortunately, that only leaves him with 16 points. Déjà vu indeed!

Moving on to the finals will be Davenport, Lawyer, and Wildfyre. Don't go anywhere, or you'll miss the finale to this exciting match-up!

-Chris Whalen

Final Shootout Round

Chris: Welcome back to the 3 point challenge, after that commercial break we're headed into the finals here in Flagstaff Arizona. I'm Chris Whalen, your panda in the press, and joining me for this round is Ryan Eastman.

Ryan: Hey Chris, thanks for having me join you on the sidelines. I think the crowd's more than ready for us to start the finals so why don’t you go over the scoring for the fans just tuning in.

Chris: Thanks Ryan. We've got the top three scorers of the last round competing in this final round.  The order in this round will be determined by the scores of the winners from the previous round, with the player who scored lowest going first and the player who scored highest going second so that the player with the middle score closes out the competition.

FSPN Coverage of Round 3 with Chris Whalen and Ryan Eastman

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