2015 All-Star Week

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The 2015 FBA All-Star Week began on Thursday, January 15th. RL game coverage was held during Further Confusion 2015 in San Jose, CA.

The week included 4 events:

  • 2015 FBA All-Star Game
  • 2015 FBA Rookie Challenge
  • 2015 FBA Dunk Contest
  • 2015 FBA 3-Point Shootout

Participants in the events were voted in.

2015 All-Star Game

The 2015 FBA All-Star Game was held during Further Confusion on Saturday January 17th and was featured on FBA Courtside: LIVE!.

All-Star Results

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
West 23 30 24 25 102
East 22 21 21 32 96

   

Officials: Vernon Hill #22 , Wyatt Briggs #13 , Harry Botsa #27
Arena: Rabbit Valley Pavilion II - San Jose, CA
Attendance: 17,500
Player of the Game: Barnaby Jazz (Shark, C/F) - 19 pts, 6 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk.

   

 Barnaby Jazz

Western All-Stars Boxscore

Name Pos Min FGM FGA 3PtM 3PtA FTM FTA Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
Buck Hopper PG 37.0 7 15 2 3 2 2 0 1 4 3 2 0 4 18
Luukas Hirvonen G 38.0 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 3 0 0 1 1 2
Travis Buckner SF 35.0 4 9 0 0 5 6 0 5 2 1 0 1 2 13
Barnaby Jazz PF 33.0 5 9 0 0 8 8 5 14 1 0 2 1 0 18
Daniel Quvianuq C 30.0 5 14 0 0 4 4 2 11 1 3 1 3 2 14
Scoonie Barrett F/C 10.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 0
Lance Cheval C 13.0 3 5 0 0 2 2 1 5 0 1 3 0 0 8
Godfrey Zindendel F 11.0 2 4 0 1 1 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 5
Lemond Conkale G/F 12.0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 0
Victor Vos G 11.0 3 6 1 2 2 3 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 9
Ambrose Slade G 11.0 4 8 1 3 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 10
Yves Carbonneau G/F 3.0 2 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5
Total   240 35 77 5 13 25 29 10 52 16 8 9 7 11 102

Eastern All-Stars Boxscore

Name Pos Min FGM FGA 3PtM 3PtA FTM FTA Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
D’Angelo MacQuilkin PG 34.0 2 5 0 2 1 4 0 4 9 2 1 1 0 5
Jake Velox SG 37.0 7 12 4 5 0 0 1 5 2 0 0 0 3 18
Nina Lime SF 35.0 9 22 4 8 5 5 2 4 8 2 1 1 3 27
Rodger Umaechi PF 34.0 5 11 2 2 1 2 1 8 1 1 3 0 3 13
Raoul Kidane C 36.0 5 10 0 0 1 5 2 11 1 1 0 2 3 11
John Stoat G 11.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
Vera La Tiérra G 11.0 3 9 0 3 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 6
Xavier Knutten G/F 12.0 4 10 0 3 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 10
Dewitt Azad Ghakhar F/C 13.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 2 0
Eli Schuck C 15.0 3 9 0 0 0 0 4 7 1 0 2 0 1 6
Crystal Davis G 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Klaus Korber G 3.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total   240 38 90 10 23 10 19 10 47 25 9 7 4 17 96

All-Star Portraits

Western All-Stars Roster
Starters
Point Guard Shooting Guard Small Forward Power Forward Center
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16 Buck Hopper (Rabbit, G) 57 Luukas Hirvonen (Cougar, G) 13 Travis Buckner (Grey Koala, F) 69 Barnaby Jazz (Shark, C/F) 9 Daniel Quvianuq (Polar Bear, C)
Bench
Bigfur Center Forward Swingfur Guard
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81 Scoonie Barrett (Otter, F/C) 51 Lance Cheval (Stallion, C) 18 Godfrey Zindendel (Goat, F) 32 Lemond Conkale (Florida Panther, F/G) 13 Victor Vos (Red Fox, G)
Reserves
Guard Swingfur
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38 Ambrose Slade (Eurasian Lynx, G) 95 Yves Carbonneau (Arctic Fox, G/F)
Eastern All-Stars Roster
Starters
Point Guard Shooting Guard Small Forward Power Forward Center
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80 D’Angelo MacQuilkin (Lion, G) 11 Jake Velox (Swift Fox, G) 7 Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F) 9 Rodger Umaechi (Husky, F) 13 Raoul Kidane (Ethiopian Wolf, C)
Bench
Guard Guard Swingfur Bigfur Center
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6 John Stoat (Stoat, G) 10 Vera La Tiérra (Red Vixen, G) 8 Xavier Knutten (Squirrel, G/F) 20 Dewitt Azad Ghakhar (Markhor, F/C) 55 Eli Schuck (Pangolin, C)
Reserves
Guard Guard
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32 Crystal Davis (Cheetah, G) 2 Klaus Korber (Doberman, G)

2015 Rookie Challenge

The 2015 All-Star Week Rookie Challenge was held during Further Confusion on Saturday January 17th and was featured on FBA Courtside: LIVE!.

Rookie Challenge Results

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
West 82
East 93

   

Officials: Zack Lightfang #43 , Kasumi Katsuhito #2 , Vladimir Chumski #5
Arena: Rabbit Valley Pavilion II - San Jose, CA
Attendance: 17,500
Player of the Game: Hal Dufrain (American Alligator, F/C) -

   

 Hal Dufrain

Western Rookies Boxscore

Name Pos Min FGM FGA 3PtM 3PtA FTM FTA Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
Iver Drake PG 38.0 11 22 3 6 0 0 1 7 4 2 1 0 2 25
Aurora Goldshine SG 36.0 2 7 1 4 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 5
Kevin Malka SF 35.0 2 10 0 1 2 2 1 4 1 1 1 1 1 6
Jake Turner PF 35.0 6 15 0 0 7 10 7 15 0 0 0 1 1 19
Ahti Nereus C 32.0 2 6 0 0 1 2 2 7 0 0 1 0 3 5
Julian Cross-Kiraly G 14.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 3 1 0 1 0 1 0
Tanya Feckle F/G 10.0 2 5 0 1 5 6 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 9
Sebastian Kosciusko F 14.0 2 6 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4
Wesley Lachs F 9.0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Trent St. Croix C 12.0 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3
Hiroyuki Matsuura C/F 8.0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Cassidy Whitelatch C/F 4.0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
Total   240 30 81 5 16 16 22 12 42 10 5 5 3 8 81

Eastern Rookies Boxscore

Name Pos Min FGM FGA 3PtM 3PtA FTM FTA Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
Apiatan Redmane PG 34.0 5 13 1 3 0 0 0 3 5 4 0 0 0 11
Warren Doyle SG 37.0 7 20 2 6 4 4 0 3 3 1 0 1 0 20
Adam Tevela SF 37.0 5 10 0 1 1 2 0 5 4 0 1 0 2 11
Hal Dufrain PF 35.0 6 8 0 0 1 2 5 11 2 1 1 4 3 13
Baltasár Torrealba y Toboso C 35.0 7 9 0 0 2 4 5 14 3 0 1 0 3 16
Ren Inoue G 10.0 0 4 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Clifford Carlin G 10.0 1 5 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 2
Brad Pullman F 14.0 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 7
Theodore Rockwell F 10.0 4 6 0 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 8
Rebecca McCloud C/F 11.0 1 2 0 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 3 4
Mikaylah Marley G 7.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Edwin Griega F 7.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total   240 39 81 4 12 11 16 14 51 20 7 3 5 11 93

Rookie Challenge Portraits

Western Rookie Challenge Roster
Starters
Point Guard Shooting Guard Small Forward Power Forward Center
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1 Iver Drake (Siberian Tiger, G) 69 Aurora Goldshine (Yellow Cobra, G) 33 Kevin Malka (Giant Pangolin, F) 33 Jake Turner (Red Fox, C/F) 26 Ahti Nereus (White Sturgeon, C)
Bench
Guard Swingfur Forward Forward Center
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25 Julian Cross-Kiraly (Saluki, G) 86 Tanya Feckle (Gerenuk, F/G) 47 Sebastian Kosciusko (Toucan, F) 62 Wesley Lachs (Sockeye Salmon, F) 55 Trent St. Croix (Polar Bear, C)
Reserves
Bigfur Bigfur Alternates:
* Shannon Hickman
* Benjamin Durby

Injured Reserve:
* Aditya Anggun
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90 Hiroyuki Matsuura (Shrike, C/F) 29 Cassidy Whitelatch (Border Collie, C/F)
Eastern Rookie Challenge Roster
Starters
Point Guard Shooting Guard Small Forward Power Forward Center
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30 Apiatan Redmane (Water Buffalo, G) 19 Warren Doyle (Spotted Hyena/Coyote, G/F) 37 Adam Tevela (Linsang, F) 74 Hal Dufrain (American Alligator, F/C) 1 Baltasár Torrealba y Toboso (Aldabra Giant Tortoise, C/F)
Bench
Guard Guard Forward Forward Bigfur
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86 Ren Inoue (Tosa Inu, G) 17 Clifford Carlin (Mutt, G) 76 Brad Pullman (Bald Eagle, F) 19 Theodore Rockwell (Wolf/Cheetah Hybrid, F) 42 Rebecca McCloud (Red Fox, C/F)
Reserves
Guard Forward Alternates:
* Lee Jin-Sung
* Rex Kearsarge
* Trent Mosley
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4 Mikaylah Marley (Albino Wolfbat, G) 25 Edwin Griega (Canada Goose, F)

2015 FBA Dunk Contest

A new format is being proposed for this year's dunk contest.

Western Dunk Team: Jake Turner (Red Fox, C/F), Li Ho Fook (Red Panda, G), Kwaku Bbwaddene (Jungle Wolf, F), Zack Tate (Zorilla, C), Julian Cross-Kiraly (Saluki, G)
Eastern Dunk Team: Klaus Korber (Doberman, G), Rodger Umaechi (Husky, F), Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F), Rebecca McCloud (Red Fox, C/F), Rosalie Smoot (American Bison, F/C)

Winning Team: Western Dunk Team

Quarterfinals Round 1 Round 2
         
1  
8  
1 Li Ho Fook (Red Panda, G)
2 Jake Turner (Red Fox, C/F)
5  
4  
2 Jake Turner (Red Fox, C/F)
4 Julian Cross-Kiraly (Saluki, G)
3  
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3 Kwaku Bbwaddene (Jungle Wolf, F)
4 Julian Cross-Kiraly (Saluki, G)
7  
2  

2015 Slam Dunk Contest Winner: Jake Turner

Recent Dunk Winners

2015 FBA 3-Point Shootout

Opening Round Quarterfinals Semifinals
         
1 Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F) 19
16 Kasa Yalenchka (Snow Leopard, G) 18
1 Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F) 15 (15)
9 Mikaylah Marley (Albino Wolfbat, G) 15 (16)
8 Barton Rouge (Red Fox, G) 15
9 Mikaylah Marley (Albino Wolfbat, G) 18
9 Mikaylah Marley (Albino Wolfbat, G) 13
5 Aurora Goldshine (Yellow Cobra, G) 17
4 Kresta Renstill (Silver Fox, G) 17
13 Rocky Caracal (Lynx, G) 18
13 Rocky Caracal (Lynx, G) 15
5 Aurora Goldshine (Yellow Cobra, G) 17
5 Aurora Goldshine (Yellow Cobra, G) 19 (16)
12 Julian Cross-Kiraly (Saluki, G) 19 (15)
Opening Round Quarterfinals Semifinals
         
2 Jake Velox (Swift Fox, G) 16
15 Crystal Davis (Cheetah, G) 15
2 Jake Velox (Swift Fox, G) 15
7 Yves Carbonneau (Arctic Fox, G/F) 14
7 Yves Carbonneau (Arctic Fox, G/F) 17
10 Otis Najac (Bat-eared Fox, G/F) 15
2 Jake Velox (Swift Fox, G) 18
3 John Stoat (Stoat, G) 14
3 John Stoat (Stoat, G) 15
14 Alyssia Silverman (Red Vixen, G) 14
3 John Stoat (Stoat, G) 17
6 Marcus Knight (River Otter, G) 16
6 Marcus Knight (River Otter, G) 21
11 Amelia Odessa Springer (Goat, F) 20
Finals:
5 Aurora Goldshine (Yellow Cobra, G) (15) vs. 2 Jake Velox (Swift Fox, G) (17)

Recent Shootout Winners

Shootout Report

written by Jack Kanter FSPN - The Hoop

For those new to the contest, each contestant gets 25 shots worth a point each, with the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th and 25th shot worth 2 points each. To signify these special shots, the balls were painted in a way to resemble a plush yellow bunny. Shots are divided into five racks positioned around the three-point arc, with five balls on each rack. Competitors may start at any rack they choose, but usually start at one corner and work their way up to the shoulder and the top of the arc before going down to the other shoulder and finishing in the other corner. Scores are tallied head-to-head based on buckets made within the 60-second time limit, and do not carry over into the following rounds.

Opening Round

In an attempt to showcase more shooting talent, the contest was expanded from 8 players in previous years to 16 players this year.

#1 vs. #16
Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F) Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N Y Y N N Y N Y N N Y Y Y Y
19 2.2 4.2 6.4 8.4 10.6 13.3 15.3 17.3 19.5 21.9 24.8 26.9 28.8 31.2 33.9 36.7 39.0 41.0 43.5 46.4 49.2 51.2 53.4 55.5 58.6
Kasa Yalenchka (Snow Leopard, G) Y Y N Y N Y N N N Y N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y Y
18 2.2 4.2 6.5 8.6 10.8 13.5 15.5 17.8 20.0 23.4 25.8 27.9 29.8 31.8 34.6 37.0 39.0 41.1 43.3 46.0 48.8 51.3 53.3 55.5 58.3

We kick things off with the most highly anticipated match up of the night: Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F) versus Kasa Yalenchka (Snow Leopard, G) -- The battle of Plymouth's Splash Sisters. With 22% of Plymouth’s shots coming from behind the arc this year, this one was going to be a good one. A few folks had even dropped out of the contest which made this matchup of the record-setting duo even possible. So while they’re teammates on the court, they’re rivals tonight.

Nina came out strong hitting 7 of her first 8, but started to cool off after her second bonus ball. Hitting only 4 of her next 11, the lupine lady must have felt a bit of urgency as she concentrated on nailing her final 4, Leaving Kasa with a score of 19 to beat.

Do you want to see a snowmew? KY came out swagger to her step, but struggled early. Missing 5 of her first 9 shots, things looked to be a blow out until the White Russian nailed her second bonus ball and started to heat up. Nailing shot after shot to close the gap, it was simply too little too late as the older sister ends up going home. With only 18 points for the feline, the defending champion moves on.

#8 vs. #9
Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Barton Rouge (Red Fox, G) Y Y N N Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y Y N Y N Y Y N Y N
15 2.0 4.2 6.3 8.3 10.5 13.0 14.9 16.9 20.1 23.4 26.0 28.2 30.7 33.1 35.7 38.3 40.6 42.7 44.7 47.8 50.4 52.5 54.8 56.9 59.8
Mikaylah Marley (Albino Wolfbat, G) N Y N N Y N Y N N Y Y N Y N N N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
18 2.2 4.3 6.4 8.5 10.6 13.2 15.4 17.6 19.8 21.7 24.5 26.8 28.9 31.0 33.8 36.3 39.8 42.0 44.0 46.7 49.5 52.1 54.6 57.2 59.9

Youth and beauty versus age and experience, the ball don't care who shoots it- all that matters is if it sinks in. Here we have two-time MVP Barton Rouge (Red Fox, G) with his tried-and-true shot, going against the young Mikaylah Marley (Albino Wolfbat, G), one of the 3 #FBAngels we have in this contest.

Barton opened up strong hitting his first 2 from the corner, but fatigue set in quick as the southern dandy missed 6 of his next 7. Some of us started to wonder if the Guarantee was going to need a stroller for the final shots. The fox ended up shaking his head on his final miss, scoring a decent but painful 15 points.

Miss Marley saw blood but struggled to take advantage of it- making only 4 of her first 10. Did Barton really have a chance here? With only 8 points and two racks to go, the hybrid got hot on the fox (We’re talking about Barton here BTW...) hitting 8 of those 10 shots and both of her final 2 bonus balls to seal it. The Cajun avoids the quarterfinals while happy flappy wings moves on in a stunning 18-15 upset.

#4 vs. #13
Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Kresta Renstill (Silver Fox, G) N Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y N
17 2.2 4.3 6.5 8.4 10.4 12.9 15.0 17.0 19.1 21.1 23.9 26.2 28.6 30.9 33.3 36.0 38.4 40.9 43.4 46.3 49.0 51.2 53.6 56.0 58.7
Rocky Caracal (Lynx, G) Y Y Y Y N Y N N Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
18 2.1 4.2 6.2 8.3 10.4 13.2 15.3 17.5 19.6 21.7 24.4 26.6 29.0 31.1 33.9 36.8 39.0 41.4 43.6 46.6 49.6 51.7 54.3 56.5 59.5

Age battles experience yet again with the reigning League MVP takes on one of the hottest young shooters in the FBA: Rocky Caracal (Lynx, G) versus Kresta Renstill (Silver Fox, G).

Kresta struggled early, having hot and cold moments, but the fox scored a respectable 17. Despite chaining together five in a row between the second and third racks, you could tell she still wasn't too happy with that result by the way she threw her towel off with her final bonus ball miss.

Chainlink came out showing the young blood how to do it - hitting his first four without fail. But fatigue seemed to set in as Rocky cooled down. Down a single point with 3 shots to go, the crowd erupted with murmurs as the lynx proceeded to botch his 23th and 24th shot! Rocky took a quick breath before shooting the final 2 point bune bonus ball as time expired. Total swish. The feline advances over the vulpine with 18 points.

#5 vs. #12
Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Aurora Goldshine (Yellow Cobra, G) Y N N Y N Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
19 2.1 4.0 6.2 8.3 10.4 12.9 15.0 17.2 19.5 21.5 23.9 27.3 29.8 32.0 34.7 37.6 39.8 41.9 44.4 47.0 49.8 52.3 54.6 56.8 59.9
Julian Cross-Kiraly (Saluki, G) Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y N Y N N Y N N Y Y
19 2.0 4.1 6.1 8.4 10.3 13.0 15.2 17.4 19.6 21.9 24.7 26.8 29.0 31.4 33.8 36.4 38.4 40.5 42.5 45.0 47.8 50.3 52.7 55.1 57.5

The famed 5-12 match up, where we usually look for upsets. Not only do we have 2 rookies, but 2 rookies from the same team! Aurora Goldshine (Yellow Cobra, G) versus Julian Cross-Kiraly (Saluki, G). #FBAngel versus JC-Ink.

Julian started things up first, nailing 11 of his first 13 and his first 2 bonus balls. Despite a streak of 7-in-a-row, karma caught up to Ink as he shot under .500 on the back 12. Aurora was going to have her work cut out for her as her Kahuna teammate put up a very respectable 19 points. Did anyone know if he is going to get a tat for each shot made if he wins?

Anyway, the cobra came out struggling a bit, missing 7 on the first three racks. Things were looking bad for Aurora as she missed her 3rd bonus ball in a row, leaving her needing an almost flawless performance to catch up. Whatever gods or spirits the snake had been waiting finally woke up she started to hit shot after shot, nailing 9 of on the last two racks - clearing the fourth rack at the left shoulder and draining the game-tying shot at the buzzer.

With the score 19 love all, both competitors took five as they waited for their tiebreaker at the end of the round.

#2 vs. #15
Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Jake Velox (Swift Fox, G) Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N N N N N N
16 2.2 4.5 6.4 8.5 10.6 13.7 15.8 17.9 20.0 22.2 24.9 27.0 28.9 31.2 34.1 36.6 39.1 41.1 43.6 46.7 49.8 51.8 54.9 58.2 61.7
Crystal Davis (Cheetah, G) Y N N N N N Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y N Y N N
15 2.2 4.4 6.6 8.7 11.9 16.1 19.3 21.3 23.3 25.3 27.8 29.8 31.8 33.8 36.6 39.0 41.5 43.6 45.7 48.4 51.6 53.6 56.1 58.1 60.0

The 40-Point-Fox versus the Crystal ball. One is present while the other is the future.

Jake Velox (Swift Fox, G) came out strong- hitting six in a row and a total of 15 off the first four racks, but earning only 1 bonus ball at the left shoulder. But those final 5 shots at the right corner? Not a score in there. The swift fox whiffed his last rack, not even getting the money ball shot in time (it didn't fall anyway). This gave Crystal Davis (Cheetah, G) a huge window to win, as she'd only need to beat 16 points to move on.

But as good as Velox started, Crystal started off even worse than how Velox finished - 2 for her first 8. Princess Healer managed to make it close, chaining six in a row as well and getting within a point for her final 2 shots, but with 2 back-to-back misses Velox sent the young cheetah back home for training with her daddy.

#7 vs. #10
Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Yves Carbonneau (Arctic Fox, G/F) Y N N Y Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y N N
17 2.1 4.3 6.3 8.3 10.4 13.5 15.7 18.0 20.1 22.2 25.9 28.2 30.2 32.5 35.1 37.8 40.0 42.5 44.7 47.2 50.3 52.3 54.5 57.0 59.0
Otis Najac (Bat-eared Fox, G/F) N Y Y N Y N Y Y Y N Y N N N Y N Y N N Y N N Y Y N
15 1.9 4.2 6.4 8.5 10.7 13.9 16.1 18.5 20.6 22.6 25.3 27.4 29.6 31.5 35.4 37.9 40.1 42.0 43.9 46.7 49.7 52.1 54.2 56.4 58.6

Yves Carbonneau (Arctic Fox, G/F) and Otis Najac (Bat-eared Fox, G/F) are both young vulpines and up-and-coming talent, the former in his third year while the latter still a sophomore. #foxfight anyone?

Yves started off well, opening up each of his first three racks with a bucket and even clearing the one at the top of the arc. After hitting his 3rd bonus ball on the fourth rack he could have put the contest away, but missing his 4 of his final 5 left him at 17 points and a glimmer of hope for Najac.

Otis, however, couldn't capitalize, as the bat-eared fox would miss the opening shot from nearly each of his racks. Despite nailing 3-in-a-row at the left shoulder, he missed 3-in-a-row at the top of the arc between the opening ball that he nailed and the money ball at the end of that rack. Needing to clear the final rack in the right corner in order to come close, Najac's misses of the first two balls guaranteed the arctic fox a spot in the quarterfinals, with the Haitian ending up shooting below .500 and leaving the contest with only 15 points.

#3 vs. #14
Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
John Stoat (Stoat, G) Y N N Y N N Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y
15 2.2 4.1 6.2 8.4 10.5 13.8 15.7 18.0 20.2 22.4 24.8 27.2 29.5 31.5 33.9 37.7 39.9 42.2 44.1 46.7 50.0 52.5 54.7 56.9 59.0
Alyssia Silverman (Red Vixen, G) Y N Y N N N Y Y N N Y N N N Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y
14 2.3 4.3 6.4 8.4 10.5 13.4 16.7 19.0 20.9 23.0 25.6 28.0 30.5 32.6 36.5 39.1 41.5 43.8 46.1 48.5 51.7 54.2 56.1 58.1 60.5

This was a battle of the old folks home. John Stoat (Stoat, G) versus Alyssia Silverman (Red Vixen, G), two long-time veterans that still have sizable fanbases. This matchup was a bit of a snoozer with both contestants putting up the two lowest totals out of any pair. JuJu did manage to chain three-in-a-row three times, and Silverman actually cleared the final rack in the left corner, but in the end Stoat advanced after it was ruled that Alyssia's final shot was released after the buzzer sounded. Though honestly we’re going to be expect more in the next round from the mustelid.

#6 vs. #11
Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Marcus Knight (River Otter, G) Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
21 2.2 4.3 6.4 8.4 10.3 13.5 15.4 17.7 19.9 21.8 24.6 26.6 28.6 31.8 35.6 38.3 40.3 42.4 44.6 47.0 50.2 52.8 55.2 57.3 59.6
Amelia Odessa Springer (Goat, F) N N N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
20 2.2 4.4 6.5 9.7 11.9 14.9 17.0 19.2 22.5 25.7 28.4 30.6 32.9 35.2 37.9 40.6 43.0 45.3 47.2 49.8 52.9 55.0 57.0 59.0 61.4

Marcus Knight (River Otter, G), last year's runner-up, going up against the 6'10 power forward Amelia Odessa Springer (Goat, F) in what many considered one of the more lopsided matchups of the event. Marcus made it tough for the goat from the get go, chaining five in a row between the first two racks in the left corner and shoulder, then six in a row at the end before missing the final bonus ball on the last rack. Nailing the 4 previous bonus balls and 17 of his 25 shots, his score of 21 ties Nina's contest-winning score from last year.

Springer, the lanky power forward hardly known for her 3's, struggled from the start. She missed her first 3 shots and dropped only 3 from the first two racks, though two of them were the money balls for those crucial extra points. At this point the crowd started a hushed 'boo' chant as the stadium wondered if she'd even crack 10 points. Amelia fidgeted for a moment, wasting a little time between her second and third racks, then with a growl started firing again.

Bang, Bang, Bang. The goat started hitting everything. Shot after shot after shot, chaining eight in a row after clearing the rack at the top of the arc, and nailing her fourth bune bonus ball despite missing one at the right shoulder. Down 21 to 19 with literally a second on the clock, Amelia sunk her fourth off the final rack and made a desperate attempt to lob a game-winning shot off as the buzzer sounded. Awkward and unbalanced, the goat could only watch as her final shot rattled in and the crowd explodes. However, the officials review for a solid 5 minutes before determining Amelia's fingers were still touching the ball as time expired, giving Marcus the win and Amelia with the second highest total score of the night yet going home.

The otter and goat embrace at center court to a loud cheer in what was the moment of the night. Seriously can we send Stoat home and just have these two go at it again in the semi's? Look out for her next year.

Tiebreaker for #5 vs #12
Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Aurora Goldshine (Yellow Cobra, G) N N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N N N Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y
16 1.9 4.2 6.2 8.3 10.5 13.0 15.2 17.4 19.7 21.7 24.5 26.4 28.4 30.8 33.7 37.7 39.9 41.9 44.3 47.0 50.1 52.3 55.6 57.6 60.7
Julian Cross-Kiraly (Saluki, G) Y N Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N Y
15 2.2 4.4 6.4 8.6 10.6 13.3 15.2 17.1 19.5 21.9 24.6 26.8 29.2 31.5 34.6 37.5 40.0 42.0 44.5 47.0 49.6 52.0 54.6 57.2 60.2

Aurora v. JCK round two - Hawaii Bugaboo

Aurora and JCK exchange one of the most awkward pleasantries I've ever seen. They know they're competitors here, and who knows what impact this will have on the starting rotation back home. Neither of them want to give up bragging rights here.

The snake shows that she's a little fatigued, opening up with two misses before settling down and chaining four in a row from the left corner and shoulder. Another five in a row between the second and third racks is followed up by three misses at the top of the arc, though she does hit 6 from the last two racks on the right. The final shot is waved off, however, when it was determined to have been fired off after the buzzer had sounded.

The slim saluki starts off spotty, but hits four in a row between the second and third racks. Nailing the first two balls off the final rack brings Julian within a point and 3 shots remaining. Shot #23 to tie rolls around and around the rim, only to finally spins out. With precious seconds ticking as Julian has to wait for each ball to decide if it’s going to fall in or not, shot 24 is similar, spinning around the inside rim over and over until it finally tethers out. With one ball left, the dog takes a high rising shot and releases at the tip of his apex as the siren sounds. It swishes but did he get it in time?

Much like with the snake, Julian's final shot is waved off as well. The refs spend less than a minute looking at the replay before giving the no-go motion. J-ink puts his hands on his hips, looking at the rim and then back to the officials, repeatedly shaking his head. He knows he missed an opportunity here. He bit his lips and motions over to his teammate, giving her a firm hug before walking away with his head down. This is something they’re going to be talking about for a while.

Quarterfinals

Six veterans and two rookies. The defending champion and two runners-up from the previous years. And a lotta canine representation out there.

#1 vs. #9
Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F) Y N N N Y Y N N Y N Y N Y Y N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y N N
15 2.2 4.3 6.4 8.4 11.6 14.8 16.7 18.7 20.7 22.8 25.7 27.9 30.0 32.0 34.8 37.8 40.3 42.7 44.8 47.4 50.8 52.9 54.8 57.0 59.1
Mikaylah Marley (Albino Wolfbat, G) Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N N N Y N N Y N N
15 2.2 4.2 6.3 8.3 10.4 13.4 15.5 17.6 19.7 21.9 24.6 26.8 29.0 31.2 35.2 37.8 39.7 41.8 43.9 47.9 51.1 53.6 55.7 58.1 60.3

It might not be a #wolffight- but we got a steal of a series here. Will the wolfbat get blinded by the Limelight or will Mika be lights out?

Nina seemed to struggle from the get go, hitting only 4 of her first 10 shots. Not the kind of performance we expect from the reigning three point queen. The spotlight is all on M+M, needing only 16 points to move on. Yet the hybrid struggles just as badly. Making only 3 shots in her final ten, including 2 misses at the end that would have put this one away. Call those agents boys, this lackluster title is getting a sequel.

#13 vs. #5
Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Rocky Caracal (Lynx, G) N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N
15 2.0 4.2 6.4 8.5 10.6 13.6 15.9 18.0 20.2 22.2 24.7 27.1 29.2 31.4 34.1 36.9 38.9 40.9 42.8 45.9 49.2 51.3 53.3 55.5 57.9
Aurora Goldshine (Yellow Cobra, G) Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y Y N Y N N N Y N
17 2.0 4.1 6.2 8.2 10.3 13.5 15.7 18.0 20.3 22.2 24.9 27.1 29.3 31.6 34.2 37.1 39.2 41.7 43.6 46.3 49.3 51.6 54.2 56.8 59.2

Last year, rookie Marcus Knight made it all the way to the finals; will Aurora do the same? Or will the purple haired warrior show sharpshooters never age. It's Chainlink versus the Flower Power. Rocky starts off strong, hitting 2 of his first 3 but struggled as the contest wore on. Missing his final three shots, the lynx shook his head and sat down with a towel over his head, not confident in his 15 points. Things got worse as Aurora got hot. Hitting her first five shots without missing a beat. It only took 20 shots for the snake to knock off Rocky and seal the win.

#2 vs. #7
Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Jake Velox (Swift Fox, G) Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N N Y Y N Y N Y N N N Y Y N
15 2.0 3.9 5.9 8.1 10.1 13.4 15.3 17.5 19.4 21.6 24.5 26.6 28.6 30.9 34.8 37.2 39.4 41.5 43.9 47.0 50.2 52.8 55.0 57.7 59.6
Yves Carbonneau (Arctic Fox, G/F) N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y N N N Y Y N N Y
14 1.9 4.1 6.2 8.3 10.4 13.5 15.7 17.7 19.7 23.1 25.9 28.0 30.0 33.3 35.7 38.2 40.2 42.8 44.8 47.7 51.2 53.5 56.1 58.3 60.3

It's a #foxfight! The 40-Point Fox verse the Canadian Patriot. Prior to the start of the contest Jake and Yves spent a few minutes talking at center court waiting for the balls to be replaced. The two vulpines seemed to be getting along until Carbonneau made a disgusted face and walked off. Not sure what that was about but something seemed to rub Yves the wrong way. Dirty words from the American? Either way, whatever the swift fox said to the arctic one seemed to have an effect. With an underwhelming 15 points to beat from the Tallahassee player, Yves seems to struggle for the entire contest, hitting only 2 of his first 6. Things got close towards the end, but a string of 5 misses in Yves’ final shots, including an out of time final miss that would have won it left Yves with the lowest score of the night at 14. After the final miss, Yves walked off without shaking hands. What did Velox say?

#3 vs. #6
Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
John Stoat (Stoat, G) Y Y N N Y N Y N Y N Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
17 1.9 3.9 6.0 8.1 10.3 13.5 15.5 17.5 19.6 21.5 25.2 27.2 29.2 31.4 34.3 37.1 39.3 41.7 44.1 46.9 50.4 52.5 54.5 56.8 59.4
Marcus Knight (River Otter, G) Y Y N Y N Y N Y N N Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
16 1.9 4.0 6.3 8.3 10.3 13.4 15.3 17.4 19.4 21.3 24.1 26.5 28.6 30.5 33.5 36.0 38.0 40.3 42.8 46.5 50.0 52.4 54.8 56.8 59.7

From bad sportsmanship to good, Stoat and Knight are two of the FBA’s most popular and the crowd let them know it. Fresh off his epic 21-point first round win over Amelia Odessa Springer, the otter's attitude is impressive. You can’t teach class. At least Stoat lived up to expectations hitting his first 2 but proceeds to have a mixed bag of shots from there. The UK fans started to get concerned until John completely aces the fourth rack and ends up with 17 total, 1 more than Marcus as a string of five in a row at the end culminated in a final 2 point shot that rattled out and eliminated the otter.

Tiebreak for #1 vs. #9
Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F) N Y Y N Y Y N N Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
15 1.9 3.9 5.9 7.9 9.8 13.0 14.9 16.9 20.1 23.3 26.1 28.1 31.5 33.4 35.9 38.6 41.1 43.6 45.6 48.5 52.0 54.5 56.9 59.0 60.6
Mikaylah Marley (Albino Wolfbat, G) N Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N N N Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y N N
16 2.2 4.1 6.2 8.2 10.1 13.1 15.5 17.6 19.8 22.1 24.6 27.0 29.4 31.8 35.5 38.4 40.7 43.0 45.4 48.4 51.6 54.0 56.0 58.6 61.2

The white wolf was a clear favorite this year -- after winning the contest last year, she has got to be feeling the pressure when she faces Mika who is one of the best young shooters in the game and was overlooked by a lot of scouts. A win here over the reigning champion would go a long way towards proving them wrong.

Despite a late push in the tie-breaker, Nina manages to once again only gather 15 points - including a string of five in a row and a final-second bonus ball that was waved off due to time expiring. Nina ends up actively protesting the call, fully knowing that a score of 15 won't hold up. Right she is as Mika proceeds to drop 16 and move on to the semi-finals.

Semi-finals

In one matchup, two male veterans; in the other matchup, two female rookies. Only two of them can make it to the finals.

#3 vs. #2
Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
John Stoat (Stoat, G) Y N Y N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N Y Y N N Y N N N Y N N
14 2.0 4.0 6.1 8.2 10.5 14.0 16.3 18.3 20.6 22.6 25.4 27.7 29.8 31.8 35.7 38.6 40.6 42.7 44.8 47.3 50.8 52.9 55.4 57.6 60.2
Jake Velox (Swift Fox, G) N Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y Y Y N Y N Y N Y Y N Y
18 2.1 4.2 6.4 8.4 11.4 14.5 16.8 18.7 20.9 23.9 26.5 28.8 31.1 33.3 37.0 39.6 42.1 44.3 46.8 50.8 54.2 56.1 58.1 60.1 62.2

Two classic veterans going at it in what is a dream matchup for many analysts: Stoat verses Velox. This one right here could determine the winner.

Similar to the second round matchup, Stoat and Velox seem to be chatting things up at center court waiting for the balls to be reset from the prior contest. Just as JuJu starts walking off to take his position, Velox walks up behind the stoat and says something softly in John’s ear. The Brit gives the American a push and stares him down. Jake seems to be grinning like a fool as he sits down near the bench.

Stoat starts things of being classic Stoat, hitting 7 of his first 10. It's only when he gets to the back two positions, those right in front of the warm up bench (and a wickedly grinning Velox) does the mustelid start to falter. Maybe John caught an eye of the wily grinning vulpine, or maybe the aging veteran just started to get tired with age. Either way, John chokes his final 10, shooting only .300 and a disappointing 14 points.

Velox doesn’t even break a sweat as he starts his round. He manages to tie John by the 18th shot and he flat out wins with his 20th shot. Jake casually adds a pair before letting time expire for an extra 2 points. He takes a good 20 seconds after the buzzer has sounded to hit his 25th shot, having sunk all of the bune bonus balls. It doesn't count towards his score, but it sends a message.

#9 vs. #5
Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Mikaylah Marley (Albino Wolfbat, G) N Y N Y N Y N N Y Y N Y N N Y N N Y N Y Y N N N Y
13 2.2 4.3 6.3 8.4 10.3 13.4 15.7 17.7 19.6 23.0 25.5 27.7 30.0 32.0 34.9 38.6 40.6 43.2 45.7 48.8 51.8 54.3 56.4 58.8 61.2
Aurora Goldshine (Yellow Cobra, G) N N Y N Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
17 2.2 4.3 6.3 8.4 10.3 13.9 16.2 18.2 20.1 23.5 26.5 28.7 31.0 33.0 35.9 39.6 42.1 44.7 47.2 50.3 53.8 56.3 58.4 60.8 62.1

After age goes beauty. Once we clean the sweat from the old guys, we have 2 #FBAngels on the court. The two hug it out before they shoot, only to be tackle-glomped by Rebecca McCloud and Amelia Odessa Springer joining the fray. Regardless of who wins here, there’s a lot of love and respect between these ladies.

Mika starts things up but she just can’t find her shot. Shooting only .400 for the round. Her 3 Bune balls that did sink within the time limit keep her alive but with only 13 points, the worst of the night, she knows she’s underperformed.

Aurora shakes her head, knowing she wants a challenge but she isn't going to get one here. Aurora ends up nailing all 5 shots from the top of the key and finishes Mikaylah off on only her 18th shot.

The two ladies share a hug again and we manage to catch on camera the Wolfbat’s words: “Kick his ass Lass”

Finals: #5 vs. #2

Player A1 A2 A3 A4 M1 B1 B2 B3 B4 M2 C1 C2 C3 C4 M3 D1 D2 D3 D4 M4 E1 E2 E3 E4 M5
Aurora Goldshine (Yellow Cobra, G) N Y Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N N Y N Y Y N N Y N
15 1.8 3.7 6.0 8.0 10.7 13.9 16.0 18.1 20.3 22.7 25.4 27.6 29.6 31.7 35.0 37.9 39.9 43.2 46.5 51.0 54.8 56.9 58.9 61.3 63.8
Jake Velox (Swift Fox, G) N N Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y N Y
17 1.9 4.0 6.1 8.3 11.0 14.2 16.4 18.7 20.9 23.4 26.3 28.4 30.4 32.4 35.6 38.5 40.6 42.8 44.8 48.3 51.4 53.9 56.1 58.3 60.8

Two polar opposites go at it for the crown. The young and nimble Aurora Goldshine and the veteran 40-point Fox Jake Velox. Goldshine and Velox met at center court for the customary pictures and greetings. The two exchange pleasant words and well-wishes and seem to go on there way. As the two start walking to the bench, Velox elbows the snake and shows off that wily smile once again. Our cameraman manages to get in close enough to faintly pick up Velox’s words this time.

“Hey Basehead, you’re struggling on the left...” <Muffled> “-don’t burn out too early EcoHag.”

THAT might get a call from Sterne Davids...

Aurora clearly looks upset and it takes Ahti Nereus (White Sturgeon, C) coming over to coax her along as the ref calls her to the court.

Aurora starts things off struggling, three of her first five off the right corner rack aren't even close - 2 airballs and one bad shot. Aurora gets better on the second rack, hitting 3 of 5, and then absolutely demolishes the center rack going 5-for-5 much like in her last round.

Though as Aurora transitions to the left, there’s a moment of hesitation. Her first shot from the the left shoulder is a miss, her second is a miss. Aurora slows down and makes sure her third shot from the left goes in, and spends nearly 5 seconds making sure her 4th bonus ball is shot well. She’s running out of time.

From the far left Goldshine hits her first, but with 4 shots remaining and 5 seconds remaining she knows she’s in trouble. She misses her second from the far left and airballs the third. The buzzer sounds just as she lifts off the fourth and walks off- not even shooting the fifth. Head down she’s met by a sea of ladies: Mika, Amelia, Rebecca and Ahti all comfort the snake who is clearly upset with her sub-par 15 points.

2015 FBA 3-Point Shootout Winner

You have to wonder how much Velox got into her head; if anything, his words clearly made her waste time.

Jake enters center court to a little life from the crowd, a mix of polite clapping and a smattering of ‘boos’. A few careful eyes and ears have caught what Velox said, or picked up on it from the rapidly moving social media.

The swift fox steps up and moves with a consistent pace but it hardly helps him, going 1-5 from the rack in the right corner. But as he transitions to the left, the 40 point fox starts to find his groove, going 4 of 5 from the right shoulder including the money ball at the end of the rack. On his 20th shot he drills the bune bonus ball to seal his victory with 16 points, and casually knocks down the third ball on the final rack to finish with 17 points. The crowd cries out a series of boos but it's not enough.

Your winner of this year’s 2015 FBA 3-Point Contest: Jake Velox!

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