basketball team alley oops and dunks to victory in Cache
GOT AIR? And1 player passes
the ball between his legs before following it up with
a dunk. / Photo by Patrick Oden.
By Rebekah Bradway
December 8, 2006 | With a final score of 111-68, the
world-known And1 basketball team beat locals chosen
to play in a game full of dunks and ball tricks of all
sorts Tuesday evening.
With several minutes left in the game at Sky View
High School, audience members began crowding the court
as the And1 players, with nicknames such as Showstopper,
Elevator and High Octane, stopped dribbling and instead
competed with each other in a dunk contest.
Although the players consistently dunked following
360 degree turns and through-the-legs switches, it was
nothing the audience hadn't seen throughout the whole
"The game was freaking awesome!" USU junior Jenny
Taylor said. "The tricks were sweet!"
The And1 players didn't only master with dunks and
alley oops; they constantly showed their skills by dribbling
through opponents' legs or bouncing the ball off defendants'
foreheads before scoring.
Other highlights included a player dribbling through
his legs and allowing the ball to go up his shirt and
get stuck there, confusing his opponent. One player
also ran off the court and up the stairs to the upper
level of stands in order to pass the ball near the net
and set up an alley oop.
With no rules in the game, instead of referees running
along the sidelines, there was a single man with baggy
jeans, a backwards LA hat, shiny blue sneakers and a
white towel around his neck, announcing the plays as
he walked through the middle of the court and next to
"Somebody call security!" he said jokingly into the
microphone in reference to David Pak's bright yellow
shirt with "SECURITY" written across it. Pak, a former
member of the USU basketball team, played with the local
team for the evening.
For more photos of the game, click this WildArt