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Everyone’s a winner in unusual basketball game

Everyone’s a winner in unusual basketball game
Referee Jim Burdette eventually did call a foul on this play, as Harlem Ambassador KiAngela Smith took down La Vernia Junior High School Coach Danny Gonzalez and pinned him for a three-count. /TOMMY COOPER/

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Wilson County News
February 6, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- Those not in attendance for the basketball game between the Harlem Ambassadors and the Wilson County Crime Stoppers Tipsters certainly missed out on a good time.

In an effort to raise money for the Wilson County Crime Stoppers, the Harlem Ambassadors, a basketball show group, rolled into town for a game against players from the various communities in and around Wilson County.

As the game got under way, the Ambassa-dors took just three seconds off the clock before scoring their first basket of the night on a slam-dunk by 6-foot-5-inch forward Alexander Wright Jr. The Ambassadors went on to add two more baskets before Karnes City Assistant Principal Raymond Robinson broke the run with a pair of baskets for the Tipsters.

The Ambassadors got back onto a run and made it a 10-4 game, but Poth Junior High School Principal Todd Pawelek got a rise from the home crowd as he blocked an Ambassador’s shot out of bounds.

A 3-pointer from the Ambassadors made it a 13-4 affair, but Scott Tackitt of the San Antonio Fire Department dropped in a 3 of his own to make it 13-7. With the score at 15-7 in the closing seconds of the first period, an Ambassador barreled over the top of Courtney Laskowski of the La Vernia News, yet neither referee Judge Jim Burdette, nor La Vernia school board President Mike Jendrusch blew a whistle, and play continued on. Deon Hughes II slammed the ball down at the buzzer for the Ambassadors, and the Tipsters trailed by 10.

The Ambassadors scored on another dunk to start the second period, but Savannah Hussey of H-E-B scored to make it 19-9. After nearly sinking a 3-pointer, La Vernia Special Education Director Ron Glazener Jr. tripped over the stripe at midcourt, and was down on the floor. Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney attempted another 3-pointer for the Tipsters, but his shot resulted in an “air ball” and play was suspended while the judge did pushups at center court. Savannah sank another basket for the Tipsters, and the score stood at 24-11 midway through the period.

At some point during play, Ambassador KiAngela Smith took La Vernia Junior High School Coach Danny Gonzalez to the floor, and showed off many of her finest wrestling moves. She eventually scored a pin fall on Gonzalez, and celebrated with a dance and gold belt.

Gonzalez was eventually awarded two shots from the charity stripe, but it was anything but a free pass, as the Ambassadors gave him less than helpful hints for sinking a basket. After five attempts, Gonzalez sank a free throw, making the score 30-12. A dunk at the buzzer made the halftime score 32-12.

Prior to the start of the second half, the crowd earned the Tipsters 43 seemingly random points by virtue of cheering and a hot dog delivered to the scorer’s table. With the scoreboard now reading 55-32 in favor of the Tipsters, play resumed.

The Ambassadors started the period with a 12-point run, but Travis Conn snapped that with a solid basket. Tackitt and Stockdale Superintendent Paul Darilek also got into the scoring action, and the Tipsters stayed out front, 61-48.

While a late basket from Darilek never actually made it on the scoreboard, no one could complain after the 43 free points, and the period ended with the score at 61-60 in favor of the Tipsters.

The Ambassadors took the lead with a dunk to start the final period, and went on a run before Savannah once again found the bottom of the net. The Tipsters managed one additional basket, and the score stood at 75-65 when the basketball was traded for a football.

While lining up across the court, the would-be football game became a dance contest, as Floresville Coach Drew Tackitt, Floresville Superintendent Jerry Hunkapiller, and Gonzalez showed they may be better dancers than basketball players. A few more baskets and a few more laughs eventually ended the game and the night with the Ambassadors winning, 77-67.

Everyone in attendance and all who participated appeared to have a great time, and all money raised will be used to benefit the Wilson County Crime Stoppers.

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