posted by Romy Aquino
(Photo via Halifax Rainmen /stkPhoto.com)
The London Lightning are just unstoppable this week.
After taking home the first NBL Canada championship just last Sunday, the London Lightning continued their success on NBL Canada All-Star Saturday taking home both the three-point competition and the All-Star dunk off in Halifax.
It first started with the three-point competition that had a Halifax-London rematch in the final with the Rainmen’s Tyrone Levett and the Lightning’s DeAnthony Bowden going head to head. DeAnthony scored 16 points in the final round while Levett scored 15 and just missed the moneyball on the final rack to take home the win. Levett scored a high on the day with his 19 points in the semifinal round.
In the All-Star dunk competition, it was all “black and yellow” in the final round with London’s Jamar Abrams and Gabe Freeman going head-to-head in the final. Abrams stole the show and the win with a Vince-Carter-esque between the legs windmill jam that got the Halifax fans on their feet. Abrams got a perfect score from dunk judges: Desmond “Moneyball” Ferguson, former Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell and CTV’s Cyril Lunney.
The Rainmen’s Eric Crookshank got the building buzzing early in the opening round of the dunk competition, sporting a Captain America costume and throwing down a slam off a backboard pass from teammate Justin Johnson. It wasn’t enough for Crookshank, as judges gave the Rainmen veteran 26 points out of a possible 30 score.
The opening event of All-Star Saturday began with the Legends game with Team Black victorious in the tight 84-82 win. Team Black included talents like Sam Mitchell, Desmond “Moneyball” Ferguson, Andre Levingston and Jad Crogorac. London head coach, Michael Ray Richardson did his best to get Team White back into the game by nailing some long threes but his squad just came up short.
The NBL Canada All-Star game is scheduled for 1pm AST/12pm EST today in Halifax with Team Haywood taking on Team Smith.
For more information on this All-Star weekend, visit nblallstar.ca.
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