September 16, 2014

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Gene Legeza Classic: Underclassmen shine in slam dunk contest, 3-point shootout

OBERLIN — Youth was served Sunday night at the Gene Legeza Classic. While the seniors had their time to shine in the All-Star Game, a pair of underclassmen stole the spotlight in the 3-point shootout and slam dunk contest prior to the game.

Left: Midview junior Grant Overy eyes the basket en route to capturing the 3-point shootout. Right: Lorain sophomore Devon Andrews prepares to dunk on his way to winning the slam dunk contest. (CT photos by Ray Riedel.)

Lorain’s Devon Andrews, a sophomore, outclassed a field of five to take home the hardware in the dunk contest, defeating Titans teammate Louis Cheers in the final round.

“I didn’t know if I was even going to be in the dunk contest so I didn’t have that many dunks in mind,” Andrews said. “Once I made it to the finals it got hard. I was nervous because I remember the dunks I saw those guys do last year, so I just went out and did whatever came to mind.”

For his winning dunk, Andrews tossed the ball off the wall behind the basket, then leaped above the rim to grab the ball and complete the dunk. That dunk earned Andrews perfect scores from the five celebrity judges, which included WOBL news director Brian Deitz and veteran basketball official Al Ivey.

Cheers finished second after earning nines from the judges for his windmill dunk in the finals.

“I gotta think of some dunks for next year,” Andrews said. “I hope I’ll be jumping even higher by then.”

In the 3-point shootout, Grant Overy, who was Midview’s top 3-point shooter this season with 64, defeated Mr. Basketball, Elyria’s Kody Bender, 20-15 in the championship round.

“It was my first 3-point competition, so I was a little nervous,” said Overy, a junior. “I thought I might make to the finals, but I knew Kody was a really good shooter. He missed a couple and I made a couple so it worked out for me.”

It was the second straight year Bender lost in the finals.

Bender and Overy advanced to the finals from a field of 19 with scores of 23 and 22, respectively. In the final, Overy made 15 of 25 shots from five spots on the court — the final ball in each location was worth two points while the first four shots were worth one point each.

Bender made 11 of 25 shots in the finals.

Contact Todd Shapiro at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.

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