After a two-year hiatus, the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department revived the Men’s Adult Basketball All-Star game.
Played at Patterson Park Community Center, the contest pitted the best of the SportsCom and Patterson Park Community Center leagues in a full-court, NBA-style contest. Also on the program was a 3-point shootout and a Slam Dunk competition.
On the night, it was all Patterson Park. The regulars at the community center, located on Mercury Boulevard, dominated all of the competition winning the 3-point shootout and Slam Dunk portion of the program plus capping off the evening with a win in the All-Star game.
Oakland High School rising senior Shawn Hugle was the top scorer in the 3-point contest.
“The gym seemed to get real quiet during my turn but actually it was real noisy, I just didn’t hear it while I was shooting,” Hugle said.
Each competitor had three stations to shoot from during the timed event. Four basketballs plus one money ball were at each location. The money ball counted for three points and the others two points for each basket made.
“I just concentrated on looking at the back of the rim and tried to pick up momentum by making baskets,” Hugle said. “It was a crazy night and it was a shock to win it the first time out. I am very happy with the outcome.”
In the Slam Dunk show, T.J. Chesterfield took home the first place trophy.
“I had confidence in myself tonight even before the contest started,” said Chesterfield, a Riverdale graduate. “This was the first one that I have competed in, and I kept my poise during my turn. It was something new that I wanted to try and see how I could do, and I did just fine.”
Chesterfield was a starter for the Warriors basketball team during his high schools days.
“To win this means a lot to me,” Chesterfield added. “It showed how hard I worked at this and how the hard work paid off.”
The final event for the night was the All-Star game. Both teams kept the score close in the early minutes of the game before the Patterson league players pulled away in the second quarter and controlled the contest the rest of the way.
Although the SportsCom team made a run at the Patterson All-Stars in the third quarter, Patterson went on a scoring run to easily out distance SportCom for the 93-81 final score.
“Tonight showed that with two gyms at Patterson compared to one at SportsCom, well the competition level is a little higher at Patterson Park” said Thomas Laird, athletic superintendent for Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation. “And with the clock running at NBA time, the younger legs from Patterson lasted a little longer than the veterans legs from SportsCom. The final score of 12-points difference showed tonight the strength of the players from Patterson Park.”
Laird added the All-Star Competition night will return in 2013 and will be scheduled during the last week of May. Plans are to hold the event again at Patterson Park Community Center. The contest will have the same format as this year.
“It turned out to be a successful night,” Laird added, summing up the evening. “We had a big supportive crowd and the event was a huge success.”