2021 All-Star Week
The 2021 FBA All-Star Week will be the next exhibition series held by the Furry Basketball Association and is a series of events to be held during the weekend of February 26th through March 1st in Seattle.
The five-day festivities included 4 events:
- 2021 FBA All-Star Game
- 2021 FBA Rookie Challenge
- 2021 FBA Dunk Contest
- 2021 FBA 3-Point Shootout
Participants in the events were voted in.
- 1 2021 All-Star Game
- 2 2021 Rookie Challenge
- 3 2021 Dunk Contest
- 4 2021 FBA 3-Point Shootout
- 4.1 Contestants
- 4.2 Opening Bracket Round
- 4.2.1 Lance Wildfyre
- 4.2.2 Narkissa Kassius
- 4.2.3 Marcus Knight
- 4.2.4 Matthew Silvius
- 4.2.5 Trevor Cruz
- 4.2.6 Melaine Thompson
- 4.2.7 Jonathan Lawyer
- 4.2.8 Lauren Dunphy
- 4.2.9 Derek Kim
- 4.2.10 Kyler Inari
- 4.2.11 Andrius Vilkasaitis
- 4.2.12 Kresta Renstill
- 4.2.13 Ash Van Zant
- 4.2.14 Julian Cross-Kiraly
- 4.2.15 Mikaylah Marley
- 4.2.16 Marcella Oliviera
- 4.2.17 Round 1 Results
- 4.3 Round 2
- 4.4 Final Round
- 4.5 Recent Shootout Winners
- 5 Media
2021 All-Star Game
The participants were selected by the fans and the event itself took place canonically on Monday, March 1st at 8 PM EST.
|Point Guard||Shooting Guard||Small Forward||Power Forward||Center|
|24||Leon Delmont (Cougar, G)||24||Marcus Knight (River Otter, G)||95||Yves Carbonneau (Arctic Fox, G/F)||81||Scoonie Barrett (Otter, F/C)||55||Ogun Okayu (Rhinoceros, C/F)|
|11||Aditya Anggun (Balinese Civet, G)||9||Jonathan Lawyer (Meerkat, F/G)||19||Mike Rising (Red Wolf, G/F)||25||Julian Cross-Kiraly (Saluki, G)||9||Daniel Quvianuq (Polar Bear, C)|
|12||Kresta Renstill (Silver Fox, G)||9||Rodger Umaechi (Husky, F)|
|Point Guard||Shooting Guard||Small Forward||Power Forward||Center|
|34||Lance Wildfyre (Rabbit, G)||65||Narkissa Kassius (Ringtail Lemur, G)||3||Terry O’Toole (Irish Wolfhound, F/G)||81||Erik Toivonen (Finnish Forest Reindeer, C/F)||33||Jake Turner (Red Fox, C/F)|
|7||Derek Kim (Kkachi, G)||32||Arther Selby (Rabbit, F/G)||5||Ash Van Zant (Raccoon, F/G)||93||Lisa Belle DuPont (Yellow-necked Mouse, G)||6||Andrius Vilkasaitis (Eurasian Wolf, G)|
|69||Trevor Cruz (Painted Bat, G/F)||57||Sterling Bengtzing (Marbled Polecat, C/F)|
2021 Rookie Challenge
The lineups of the FBA Rookie Challenge will be chosen by the fans, along with three alternates in case of injury or withdrawals. The event took place canonically on Sunday, February 28th at 8 PM EST.
Rookie Challenge Results
Rookie Challenge Portraits
|Point Guard||Shooting Guard||Small Forward||Power Forward||Center|
|36||Benjamin Aquino (Barbados Black Belly, G)||19||Zackary Cooper (Beaver, G/F)||3||Berty Lavoie-Williams (Grey Kangaroo, F/G)||41||Magni Dunbroch (Grizzly Bear, F)||89||Darko Tuskaloski (Brown Bear, C)|
|13||Kyler Inari (Arctic Fox, G/F)||19||Blake Kelly (Sika Deer, G/F)||42||Tyriq Murphy (Fancy Mouse, G)||3||Joseph Na (Eastern Dragon, G)||4||Guillaume Fortier (Siamese Rat, G)|
* Vladislav Bezukladnikov
* Tameeka Jetson
* Viking Lagerström
|41||Neo Snyman (Meerkat, G)||15||Erik Baltaev (Tufted Puffin, G)|
|Point Guard||Shooting Guard||Small Forward||Power Forward||Center|
|24||Callum Williamson (Wallaby, G)||19||Saphira Kelley (Blue Ocean Slug, G)||3||Adge Martin (Hare, G/F)||34||Andreas Kokkinos (Red Dragon, F/C)||11||Tucker Iverson (Tapanuli Orangutan, C/F)|
|10||Jean-Ferdinand Giroux-Krier (Scottish Fold/Chartreux Mix, G)||9||Anika Tonpo (Fossa, F/G)||44||Damien Myers (Black Footed Ferret, F)||34||Oscar Johansson (Saint Bernard, C/F)||2||Austin Wilson (Red Velociraptor, G)|
* Shondrea Simpson
* Dominique Williams
* Martin O'Connor
|12||Hayden Foster (Fox, G)||18||Adana Gondwe (Hyena, G)|
2021 Dunk Contest
|Terry O’Toole (Irish Wolfhound, F/G)||Albany Alphas||6 ft 5 in (1.95 m)||240 lb (109 kg)|
|Yves Carbonneau (Arctic Fox, G/F)||Winnipeg Voyageurs||6 ft 5 in (1.95 m)||195 lb (88 kg)|
|Arther Selby (Rabbit, F/G)||Tennessee Moonshiners||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)||165 lb (75 kg)|
|Scoonie Barrett (Otter, F/C)||Hawaii Kahunas||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)||262 lb (119 kg)|
|Desdemona Iverson (Yellow Perch, F)||Bangor Tides||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)||243 lb (110 kg)|
|Andrew McDonald-Rainbow (Australian Magpie, G)||Bangor Tides||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)||189 lb (86 kg)|
|Kassius Waterson (North American River Otter, C)||Albany Alphas||7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)||338 lb (153 kg)|
|Callum Williamson (Wallaby, G)||Albany Alphas||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)||190 lb (86 kg)|
|Lucy Jo Heitkamp (Jumping Spider, F)||Texas Lone Stars||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)||215 lb (98 kg)|
|Kiara Hughes (Spotted Leopard, G)||Santa Ana Spectrums||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||186 lb (84 kg)|
|Tyrique Kendricks (Giraffe, F/C)||Lorain Firestorm||7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)||244 lb (111 kg)|
|Andreas Kokkinos (Red Dragon, F/C)||Queens Pride||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)||250 lb (113 kg)|
A panel of five judges was gathered to provide scoring for the event. The judges were instructed to rate the dunk on an overall scale from 1 to 10. (It should be noted that in the spirit of fairness, the identities of the dunkers were hidden when the judges were given the dunks out-of-character. Names have been added back in after the fact, here in the descriptions below.)
Recent Dunk Winners
- 2010: Alan Murphy (Kangaroo, F, SPG)
- 2011: Ryan Malone (Kangaroo, G, DAK)
- 2012: Kwaku Bbwaddene (Jungle Wolf, F, MON)
- 2013: Kwaku Bbwaddene (Jungle Wolf, F, TEN)
- 2014: Travis Buckner (Grey Koala, F, TXS)
- 2015: Jake Turner (Red Fox, C/F, SEA)
- 2016: Adam Tevela (Linsang, F, QNS)
- 2017: Lance Wildfyre (Rabbit, G, AZW)
- 2018: Leon Delmont (Cougar, G, BGR)
- 2019: Sterling Bengtzing (Marbled Polecat, C/F, BLV)
- 2020: Yves Carbonneau (Arctic Fox, G/F, WPG)
2021 FBA 3-Point Shootout
The selected 16 3-point shooters, as voted by the fans, will face off through three rounds to see who's the best 3-point shooter in the league! Each round will consist of each player having one minute to shoot 25 balls, distributed in groups of 5 on racks surrounding the perimeter, with the last ball of each rack being worth 2-points instead of the usual 1-point. (These balls are referred to as the 'Moneyball'). The Top 8 scorers from the first round will move onto the Second Round, and from there the Top 4 will move onto the Finals. Whoever comes out on top in the Finals takes home the trophy! Should there be a tie at any point that would determine who moves onto the next round, a shootout will occur until the tie is broken between all relevant parties.
The Event took place canonically on Saturday, February 27 at 8 PM EST.
|1||Lance Wildfyre (Rabbit, G)||Bangor Tides||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)||178 lb (81 kg)|
|2||Narkissa Kassius (Ringtail Lemur, G)||Albany Alphas||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)||160 lb (73 kg)|
|3||Marcus Knight (River Otter, G)||Texas Lone Stars||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)||189 lb (86 kg)|
|4||Matthew Silvius (Long-tailed Weasel, G/F)||Dakota Bikers||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)||224 lb (102 kg)|
|5||Trevor Cruz (Painted Bat, G/F)||Plymouth Taproots||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)||217 lb (98 kg)|
|6||Melaine Thompson (Lioness, G)||Queens Pride||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)||160 lb (73 kg)|
|7||Jonathan Lawyer (Meerkat, F/G)||Dakota Bikers||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)||200 lb (91 kg)|
|8||Lauren Dunphy (Yellow Mongoose, G/F)||Las Vegas Wildcards||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||210 lb (95 kg)|
|9||Derek Kim (Kkachi, G)||Biloxi Voodoo||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)||176 lb (80 kg)|
|10||Kyler Inari (Arctic Fox, G/F)||Arizona Whips||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)||250 lb (113 kg)|
|11||Andrius Vilkasaitis (Eurasian Wolf, G)||Biloxi Voodoo||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)||205 lb (93 kg)|
|12||Kresta Renstill (Silver Fox, G)||Montana Howlers||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)||165 lb (75 kg)|
|13||Ash Van Zant (Raccoon, F/G)||Bangor Tides||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)||210 lb (95 kg)|
|14||Julian Cross-Kiraly (Saluki, G)||Hawaii Kahunas||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||170 lb (77 kg)|
|15||Mikaylah Marley (Albino Wolfbat, G)||Williamsburg Minutemen||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)||180 lb (82 kg)|
|16||Marcella Oliviera (Glass-winged Butterfly, G)||Williamsburg Minutemen||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)||147 lb (67 kg)|
- Note: Lauren Fash pulled out of the 3pt Contest, Edwin Griega pulled out of the 3pt Contest due to injury concerns.
Opening Bracket Round
The order in this round will be determined by seeding order, starting with the top seed and progressing down the ranking.
First appeared in the 3pt contest back during the 2016 All-Star Week where he battled Cliff Matthiews in the finals, posting his best finish as the runner up. Since then he has battled his way to the final round year after year and looks to finally take the crown before retiring at the end of this season.
|Lance Wildfyre (Rabbit, G)||Y||Y||Y||N||N||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||N||Y||Y||N||N||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||Y|
|Total Score = 20||0.6||2.5||4.4||6.3||8.2||13.1||15||16.9||18.8||20.7||25.6||27.5||29.4||31.3||33.2||38.1||40||41.9||43.9||45.8||50.8||52.8||54.7||56.6||58.5|
Being first to go without a doubt is an advantage, you get to set the pace and put the pressure on your opponents. And for that reason Lance might have been the worst for the rest of the field to have to follow. They could only watch on as the rabbit hit shot after shot, their only saving grace when he missed the money ball on the two of the first three racks. Even then the rabbit found his stride, only missing two of his last ten shots to put up an impressive score of 20. A score that no doubt will allow him to move onto the second round.
The defending 3pt Champion returns to defend her crown. Much like Lance she had announced her plans to retire after the end of her current contract, set to expire at the end of the 2021-22 season. Meaning she has two chances to claim yet another 3pt Contest Trophy.
|Narkissa Kassius (Ringtail Lemur, G)||Y||N||N||N||Y||N||N||N||Y||N||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||N||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||-|
|Total Score = 15||0.7||2.7||4.7||6.6||8.6||13.8||15.8||17.8||19.8||21.8||27||29||31||33||35||40.2||42.2||44.2||46.1||48.1||53.3||55.3||57.3||59.2||61.2|
A rough start for Narkissa as she only makes three in her first two racks. The defending champ takes extra time heading into her third to calm down and settle which might come back to bite her, however it helps her find a good rhythm, managing to get a streak of five going. She heads into the final rack low on time but manages to get the first four to fall before running out of time on the fifth. She was able to overcome a rocky start, but a score of 15 is beatable.
Marcus looks to step up his performance, having made it to the Semi-Finals back-to-back years in 2017 and 2018, but struggled in recent years after not being selected in the 2019 All-Star Week and falling out in the first round in last year’s contest.
|Marcus Knight (River Otter, G)||N||N||N||Y||N||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||N||N||Y||-|
|Total Score = 17||0.8||2.8||4.8||6.8||8.8||14.1||16.1||18.1||20.1||22.1||27.4||29.4||31.4||33.4||35.4||40.7||42.7||44.7||46.7||48.7||54||56||58||60||62|
Knight has an equally bad start as the lemur before him, perhaps Lance’s performance is putting the pressure even on these veterans? Only making one shot in his first rack the otter shakes off the nerves and finds a good rhythm in the second. And while the misses sneak in every so often he holds a high consistency though the racks. On the second to last ball the buzzer sounds as he releases, it having to go to review to see if it will count. It’s extremely close but after a look from all available angles they rule it left is paw just in time to count. A score of 17 puts him ahead of Narkissa.
Much like Lance, Matthew looks to finally get over the hump of final appearances, having fallen just one point behind the Champions in 2018, fellow teammate Jonathan Lawyer, and 2020, Narkissa Kassius.
|Matthew Silvius (Long-tailed Weasel, G/F)||Y||Y||Y||N||N||Y||Y||N||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||N||Y||N||N|
|Total Score = 19||0.6||2.5||4.4||6.3||8.2||13.2||15.1||17.1||19.1||21||26.1||28||29.9||31.9||33.8||38.9||40.9||42.8||44.7||46.6||51.7||53.6||55.5||57.5||59.4|
Both of the first two racks start off well, though the weasel is unable to nail either money ball. Though those misses seem not to matter as Matthew heads into a tear scoring 8 straight, managing to recover after the miss on the 9th to hit the fourth racks money ball. Fatigue seems to creep in during the final rack as he is unable to stay in rhythm, only able to hit two of the final five, finishing just behind Lance with a score of 19.
In his third year this will be Trevor’s first 3pt Contest, along with earning his first All-Star nod. The two prior seasons the bat competed in the Dunk Contest, though unsuccessful in taking home the trophy. Will he find better success here?
|Trevor Cruz (Painted Bat, G/F)||N||Y||N||Y||Y||N||N||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||N||N||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||N||Y||-|
|Total Score = 17||0.7||2.7||4.7||6.7||8.7||14||16||18||20||22||27.3||29.3||31.3||33.3||35.3||40.6||42.6||44.6||46.6||48.6||53.9||55.9||57.9||59.9||61.9|
The only thing consistent for the bat is the inconsistency. Only able to get a streak of three in a row would seem like he would be in trouble. Yet he shakes off the misses easily and puts up multiple short streaks of two and doesn’t falter on the money ball except on the fourth rack. Time does become a factor for the bat as he could only just get the fourth ball in the final rack off, but nonetheless he finishes with a score of 17. Tying him with Marcus Knight.
Much like Trevor this will be Melanie’s first 3pt Contest experience! The lioness looks to represent the Queens Pride proudly here and perhaps channel some of “The Queen” to bring home the trophy.
|Melaine Thompson (Lioness, G)||N||N||Y||N||Y||N||Y||Y||N||N||N||Y||Y||N||N||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||-||-|
|Total Score = 14||0.7||2.7||4.7||6.7||8.7||14.3||16.3||18.3||20.3||22.3||27.9||29.9||31.9||33.9||35.9||41.5||43.5||45.5||47.5||49.5||55.1||57.1||59.1||61.1||63.1|
A tough start for the lioness as she only manages to make six shots in the first three racks. Behind pace she digs deep finds her groove in the final two racks. Making another six in only eight shots brings her back into the competition, however time running out leaves two balls on the rack. In the end she is able to net 14 points. Currently placing her on the bottom.
Lawyer enters tonight looking to reclaim his crown after falling in the first-round last year after a 3-way tiebreaker battle saw him head home early.
|Jonathan Lawyer (Meerkat, F/G)||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||N||Y||N||Y||N||N||Y||N||Y||N||Y||Y||N||N||-|
|Total Score = 16||0.7||2.7||4.7||6.7||8.7||13.9||15.9||17.9||19.9||21.9||27.1||29.1||31||33||34.9||40.1||42||44||46||47.9||53.1||55.1||57.1||59.1||61.1|
A fiery start for the meerkat as after missing his first he goes on a seven-shot streak. Unfortunately, that hot paw cools off rapidly. Make-miss-make-miss, back and forth it goes through the final racks before finally ending with a score of 16. Disappointing for how well the meerkat started.
The second-year player out of Las Vegas making her first appearance in the 3pt Contest. Not to be confused with her sister Lisa whose sitting in the crowd cheering her on...at least I hope that's Lauren out there...
|Lauren Dunphy (Yellow Mongoose, G/F)||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||N||Y||N||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||N||N||Y||N||N||Y||N||-||-||-||-|
|Total Score = 14||0.7||2.8||4.9||7||9.1||15.1||17.2||19.3||21.4||23.4||29.4||31.5||33.6||35.7||37.8||43.8||45.9||48||50.1||52.2||58.2||60.3||62.4||64.5||66.6|
A great first rack puts Lauren in a good position, and even the second rack struggles are saved by her nailing the money ball, which carries over momentum into the third as she puts up a four ball streak. But as the misses start to creep in it’s clear she’s well behind time, finishing the second to last rack with only 8 seconds left she sprints to the final rack and just to only get one shot off, the hurried attempt ending in a miss. Her scoring pace was great, through the fourth rack netting 14 points put her in line with the rest of the field, but too slow between shots means she now sits tied for last with eight to go.
And Derek Kim rounds out our third and final consistent “finalist.” Along with Wildfyre and Silvius, Kim has made it to the final the past two years only to fall just short. Can one of these three finally break the streak and claim the crown for themselves?
|Derek Kim (Kkachi, G)||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||N||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||N||N||N||N||N||Y||Y|
|Total Score = 19||0.7||2.6||4.5||6.4||8.3||13.3||15.2||17.1||19||21||25.9||27.8||29.7||31.6||33.5||38.5||40.4||42.3||44.2||46.1||51||52.9||54.8||56.7||58.6|
Streaks will be how the first round is remembered for Derek. Four solid makes in a row followed by a triplet of misses was normal. But to just shake off those misses and get an insane streak of eight going, to only then miss six in a row? A score of 19 might not be exactly what the kkachi was looking to take away, but it puts him in a solid position to move onto the second round.
The only rookie selected this year for the 3pt Contest, Kyler has been a bright spot for the struggling Whips.
|Kyler Inari (Arctic Fox, G/F)||Y||N||N||Y||N||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||N||Y||N||Y||N||Y||Y||N||-||-||-|
|Total Score = 15||0.6||2.6||4.6||6.7||8.7||14.6||16.7||18.8||20.8||22.8||28.7||30.8||32.9||35||37.1||43||45.1||47.2||49.2||51.3||57.2||59.3||61.4||63.5||65.6|
Nerves might have hit the rookie as he struggles through the first basket, only nailing two. Though he does not let that get to him, slowing down his pace into the second rack he finds the sweet spot, chaining together seven in a row. Two misses on the third rack end that streak and when transitioning to the fourth basket the arctic fox sees the clock is not in his favor. Forced to pick up the pace, misses creep back in, but despite that he makes four before time runs out, though three balls remain on the final rack. A score of 15 puts him on the edge, but for now it is good enough. Melaine Thompson and Lauren Dunphy eliminated.
This 5th year player is making his first 3pt Contest appearance. This will also be his first All-Star appearance as the wolf has slowly worked his way up from the bench, earning the 6th Fur of the Year award back in 2019, before finally becoming a full-time starter and earning the Most Improved Player award just last year.
|Andrius Vilkasaitis (Eurasian Wolf, G)||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||N||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||N||-||-|
|Total Score = 21||0.8||2.8||4.8||6.8||8.8||14.4||16.4||18.4||20.4||22.4||28||30||32||34||36||41.6||43.6||45.6||47.6||49.6||55.2||57.2||59.2||61.2||63.2|
Consistency and pace were the name of the game for the wolf. His longest streak of six may not have been as impressive as some of the others in the field. But Andrius never had two misses in a row, and never more than two on a single rack. His pace was perhaps too slow as he left two balls on the final rack, but even then he did not need them to set the current round high of 21 points!
It wouldn’t be a 3pt Contest without our 2018 3pt Champion. Kresta rounds out the former 3pt Champions competing this year, and while she has not had as much success as her 2018 campaign, she is hardly one you can count out.
|Kresta Renstill (Silver Fox, G)||N||Y||N||Y||N||N||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||N||N||Y||N||Y||N||Y||Y||N||N||Y||N||Y||-|
|Total Score = 13||0.6||2.6||4.6||6.6||8.6||13.9||15.9||17.9||19.9||21.9||27.2||29.2||31.2||33.2||35.2||40.5||42.5||44.5||46.5||48.5||53.8||55.8||57.8||59.8||61.8|
A rough round for the former champion as she was only able to make a single money ball, nor was she able to ever get a streak longer than two going. While she never had any missed streaks longer than two as well, her inconsistency and misses on the key money balls cost her. Finishing with a score of 13. Kresta Renstill eliminated.
Ash Van Zant
A 1st time appearance for the second-year player representing Bangor. Along with his 1st All-Star game nod, the raccoon looks to impress here; competing both alongside, but also against his teammate Lance Wildfyre.
|Ash Van Zant (Raccoon, F/G)||N||N||Y||N||N||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||N||N||N||N||Y||N||N||N||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||-|
|Total Score = 13||0.8||2.8||4.8||6.8||8.8||14||16||18||20||22||27.2||29.2||31.2||33.2||35.2||40.4||42.4||44.4||46.4||48.4||53.6||55.6||57.6||59.6||61.6|
High marks to match for the sophomore, and the path to do so only got tougher after an abysmal first rack, only managing to hit a single one. The second, ironically, was a perfect mirror of the first as he hit every shot but the ball he made in the first rack. Racks three and four were once again a struggle, only hitting one in each, but the raccoon refused to go down and somehow pulled together four in a row on the final rack despite his back being against the wall at that point. It was not enough though, he needed to make the money ball just to hope to tie Narkissa and Inari but there was not enough time, resulting in a final score of 13. Ash Van Zant eliminated.
JCK’s best performance came back in 2018 when he made it to the finals but could not outperform Kresta Renstill. Despite just barely making it into the contest this saluki is not one you can count out.
|Julian Cross-Kiraly (Saluki, G)||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||N||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||N||N||-||-|
|Total Score = 18||0.5||2.5||4.5||6.5||8.5||14.1||16.1||18.1||20.1||22.1||27.7||29.7||31.7||33.7||35.7||41.3||43.3||45.3||47.3||49.3||54.9||56.9||58.9||60.9||62.9|
And he proves just that, rolling comfortably through the first two racks only missing two shots. Even heading through the third and fourth were hardly a challenge as he nailed another six shots before heading into the final rack already netting a score of 17. He manages to add one more to that total, but the final rack is hardly needed as he finishes with a score of 18. Guaranteeing he will move onto the next round. Narkissa Kassius and Kyler Inari eliminated.
A surprise addition due to the withdrawal of Lauren Fash, Mikaylah looks to make up for last year’s performance where she, along with fellow teammate Vera La Tierra, crashed out of the first round after only scoring 10 points. A disappointing performance but one that no doubt has been a motivating factor for her coming into this contest!
|Mikaylah Marley (Albino Wolfbat, G)||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||N||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||N||N||Y||N||N||Y||Y||Y||-||-|
|Total Score = 17||0.7||2.7||4.7||6.7||8.7||14.1||16.1||18.1||20.1||22.1||27.5||29.5||31.5||33.5||35.5||40.9||42.9||44.9||46.9||48.9||54.3||56.3||58.3||60.3||62.3|
And through the first two racks is she proving that to be true! Netting seven in a row she is hardly phased by her two misses on the end of the second rack. Cruising through the third with only a single miss she already surpassed her performance last year, already with a score of 13, as she heads into the final two. Fatigue clearly hits her in the fourth rack though as the wolfbat only manages one from the rack before sliding over to the final five. Taking a second to catch her breath is a smart, and turns out key factor, as she is able to hit the next three by taking a slower pace. Those final three shots vault her up to a 3-way tie with Marcus Knight and Trevor Cruz, with only one competitor left to go. Jonathan Lawyer eliminated.
If Marley was a surprise addition, then Marcella is a miracle. Due to an injury to Edwin Griega just days prior to the contest another spot opened. Not only is this her 1st appearance at the 3pt contest, but she has had the least time to prepare physically, or mentally, of any of her competitors.
|Marcella Oliviera (Glass-winged Butterfly, G)||N||N||Y||Y||N||N||N||N||Y||N||Y||N||Y||N||N||N||N||N||Y||Y||N||N||Y||-||-|
|Total Score = 9||0.6||2.6||4.6||6.6||8.6||14.1||16.1||18.1||20.1||22.1||27.6||29.6||31.6||33.6||35.6||41.1||43.1||45.1||47.1||49.1||54.6||56.6||58.6||60.6||62.6|
Unfortunately, it shows as the glass butterfly struggles, only hitting five in the first three racks. A long streak of five misses does not help but the butterfly is unshaken even though mathematically eliminated she carries on hitting the final two of the fourth rack. Gliding over to the final rack she soldiers on and finishes with a make on the third ball before time runs out. An unfortunate score of 9 points for the last-minute addition. Marcella Oliviera eliminated.
Round 1 Results
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After leading the way in Round 1, Andrius will start us off here. Already half the field has been eliminated and it is up to the Eurasian Wolf to set the opening benchmark in Round 2!
|Andrius Vilkasaitis (Eurasian Wolf, G)||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||N||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||-||-|
|Total Score = 21||0.5||2.5||4.5||6.5||8.5||14.1||16.1||18.1||20.1||22.1||27.7||29.7||31.7||33.7||35.7||41.3||43.3||45.3||47.3||49.3||54.9||56.9||58.9||60.9||62.9|
And he’s off to a great start! Not only matching his pace and performance from Round 1 through the first two racks, but improving on his prior round by nailing four out of five from the rack located at the top of the arc! With only three misses through the first fifteen, it’s easy to say the wolf is on fire here tonight! Rack four finally brings the wolf back to the mortal realm, missing a trio in a row, but is hardly phased as he finishes off the fourth rack with a swish.
Time once again will factor into his performance as he makes it to the final rack with less than 6 seconds to go. He’s able to launch the first three, all finding the hoop, but the clock runs out before Andrius could send the fourth up. While he may not win with speed here tonight, he certainly has the consistency, matching his Round 1 score! Certainly this score should be enough to send the wolf onto the finals.
Lance Wildfyre is up next, netting 20 points in the previous round was enough to finish second overall and move on. One could say the rabbit is on a mission to complete his All-Star Week collection. The 3pt Trophy has been just outside his paw’s reach the past few seasons, a near perfect moment back in the 2017 All-Star Week, playing in front of his then home stadium with the Whips, where he defeated Scoonie Barrett in the Dunk Contest, only to just fall short against Micah Davenport in the 3pt Contest.
|Lance Wildfyre (Rabbit, G)||N||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||N||N||Y||Y||N||N||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||N|
|Total Score = 18||0.6||2.5||4.4||6.3||8.2||13.2||15.1||17||18.9||20.8||25.8||27.7||29.7||31.6||33.5||38.5||40.4||42.3||44.2||46.1||51.1||53||54.9||56.8||58.7|
It starts off rocky for the rabbit, opening with a miss-make-miss combo before finding some relief on the final two, the money ball rolling around the rim dangerously before finally falling in. The second and third rack continue the trend, Lance unable to find a steady rhythm until entering the fourth. Despite missing the first, and perhaps noticing how much time he still had, Lance started taking a little extra time to set his shots, finally stringing together a solid streak of four through the end of the rack. The final rack starts off like the fourth, a miss but a streak of makes, but the slower pace catches up with Lance as he ‘s forced to take a quick final shot to beat the buzzer, the final money ball bouncing off the rim and out. Had that last one fallen Lance would have matched his previous round’s score, but instead he will post a solid score of 18 despite the early struggles.
Next up is the weasel representing the Dakota Bikers. A score of 19 was all he needed last round, and he will want to match or improve it upon it as the margins to move on decrease. Anything short of 18 will put the weasel in a precarious position with five still yet to go.
|Matthew Silvius (Long-tailed Weasel, G/F)||N||Y||N||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||N||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||N||Y||N||N||Y||Y|
|Total Score = 19||0.7||2.6||4.5||6.4||8.3||13.4||15.4||17.3||19.3||21.2||26.3||28.3||30.2||32.1||34.1||39.2||41.1||43||44.9||46.9||52||53.9||55.8||57.8||59.7|
Déjà vu as the weasel has a nearly identical first two racks to Lance, both having missed half of the first ten shots. Lightning seems to strike in the third rack, as shot after shot land, resulting in a perfect rack three which carries over for a total streak of seven before he finally misses. He is unable to nail the money ball but he heads into the final rack on pace to match Lance’s score. The first is good but a pair of misses puts the pressure on the 6th year player, needing at least the money ball to tie Lance’s score. The first is good…and the money ball is as well! But wait they will have to confirm it first. And there is the official word, they are saying he released it with 0.1 still on the clock so it will count! A final score of 19 will put Matthew between Andrius and Lance. But can these scores hold out?
Derek Kim is next up, the kkachi was very streaky in round one, tying Matthew Silvius for eight straight makes, but immediately following that up with six misses in a row, the most so far tonight. Yet in the end it was enough to match his fellow 2015 Draftee with a score of 19 and move on to Round 2.
|Derek Kim (Kkachi, G)||Y||N||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||N||N||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||N||Y||N||N||N||Y||N||Y||Y|
|Total Score = 16||0.8||2.7||4.6||6.5||8.4||13.4||15.3||17.2||19.1||21||25.9||27.8||29.7||31.6||33.5||38.4||40.3||42.2||44.1||46||50.9||52.8||54.7||56.6||58.5|
The first rack starts off well, only one miss going into the money ball…but on no it bounces off the side of the rim. The kkachi carries onto rack two, still struggling to find the rhythm that carried him through Round 1, hitting two in a row but matching that with two misses. This time he does nail the money ball and puts him slightly ahead of where Lance and Matthew were at this point. Rack three starts with a miss but Derek is able to string together three straight swishes, but the streak refuses to build further as the money ball bounces off the back of the rim and out. The money ball misses are starting to get to Derek as frustration starts to show, obvious in the fourth rack as he misses three including his third money ball. Needing five straight at this point just to tie Lance, Derek has no room for errors…and missing the first shot of the final rack was not what he needed. He is able to recover at least, nailing the final two shots of the rack. Him throwing his wings up after the final money ball dropped, not out of celebration, but of exasperation at the money ball finally cooperating. With a final score of 16, the kkachi has to hope that all four remaining contestants choke under the pressure.
And if that’s the only hope for Derek, perhaps one of the worst furs to follow is Julian Cross-Kiraly. The veteran is no stranger to pressure, having played in back-to-back finals series, including nailing a crucial buzzer beating 3-pointer to send a game into overtime. But here he only has to beat a score of 16.
|Julian Cross-Kiraly (Saluki, G)||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||N||N||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||N||Y||-||-|
|Total Score = 18||0.7||2.7||4.7||6.7||8.7||14.3||16.3||18.3||20.3||22.3||27.9||29.9||31.9||33.9||35.9||41.5||43.5||45.5||47.5||49.5||55.1||57.1||59.1||61.1||63.1|
And the saluki is off to a howling start, nailing six of his first seven shots! The misses crash in though as he watches four straight rattle out. But JCK is rarely thrown off his game so easily as he makes up for those misses by making four straight in return, shaking off a miss on his first shot of the fourth rack to snatch up another four streak, including the all important money ball. Speed is a concern heading into the final rack, his first shot going up with only 5 seconds left, and it is obvious he has to rush his shots, missing two but making the final one he is able to get up before the clock expires. Despite leaving two balls behind he puts up a good score of 18, tying Lance and eliminating Derek Kim.Derek Kim eliminated.
Next is the otter representing the Texas Lone Stars. After a poor performance last year, Marcus squeaks by into Round 2 with a score of 17, one which he shared with two other competitors. But he will have to improve on that score if he wishes to reach the Final Round for the first time of his career!
|Marcus Knight (River Otter, G)||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||N||N||N||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||-|
|Total Score = 19||0.8||2.8||4.8||6.8||8.8||14.1||16.1||18.1||20.1||22.1||27.4||29.4||31.4||33.4||35.4||40.7||42.7||44.7||46.7||48.7||54||56||58||60||62|
Much like JCK, Marcus starts off hot, missing his first shot but quickly putting together a steak of five before being thrown off his rhythm. That’s the only way I can describe how such a hot start can turn into four straight misses. But the otter is hardly one to give up! Going into the third rack at the top of the arc he finds his sweet spot, nailing all but one from the rack before repeating the performance in the next. Heading into the final rack, he too now battles the clock. Able to make the first two, tying him with Lance and Julian, but a tiebreaker is not what the otter wants! The next shot is no good but his fourth is! It has to go to review as it was closer, perhaps even closer than the one they had to review for Matthew. It takes a few minutes but finally they wave it good, by the slimmest of margins he was able to get it off in time! With that Marcus pulls ahead with a score of 19, now tying him with Matthew and, barring the remaining two posting a score of 19 or more, will force Lance and Julian to a tiebreaker.
Second to last to go is Trevor Cruz, the bat looking to impress here in his first appearance. Already making it past Round 1 by the skin of his teeth and needing to improve upon his prior score of 17 if he hopes to move on.
|Trevor Cruz (Painted Bat, G/F)||Y||N||Y||N||N||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||N||Y||Y||-|
|Total Score = 21||0.8||2.8||4.8||6.8||8.8||14.1||16.1||18.1||20.1||22.1||27.4||29.4||31.4||33.4||35.4||40.7||42.7||44.7||46.7||48.7||54||56||58||60||62|
It’s a rough start for the bat, missing three in the firs track including the money ball is not the kind of scoring pace he wants to have. He starts off the second rack at least with a make before the second just rattles out. He recovers well though, hitting the last three of the rack before moving onto the third…and he keeps the streak going with a perfect rack.......
Somebody call the fire department! The fire radiating off this bat is surely going to burn down Safe Arena. Why do I say that? Well one does not follow up a perfect rack with a second perfect rack without alighting this crowd!
Sadly the streak comes to an end with two misses, but he is able to nail the third cleaning and appearing to get the fourth off just in time for it to count. The refs will review it but with that make on the third ball of the final rack his score will at least be 20. Meaning the bat who set this court ablaze with a thirteen shot streak will be moving on to the finals! Lance Wildfyre and Julian Cross-Kiraly eliminated.
(And it was eventually confirmed he made the shot pushing him to 21 points, tying Andrius, for the round.)
Last and not least, Mikaylah Marley takes the floor. The crowd is still pumped by that showing by Trevor so hopefully their energy carries over to Mikaylah as she has a tough score to beat. At minimum she has to hit 19 just to tie Matthew and Marcus to force a tiebreaker round, better and she moves on.
|Mikaylah Marley (Albino Wolfbat, G)||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||N||Y||Y||N||Y||N||Y||N||Y||N||N||Y||N||N||Y||N||N||-||-|
|Total Score = 14||0.7||2.7||4.7||6.7||8.7||14.1||16.1||18.1||20.1||22.1||27.5||29.5||31.5||33.5||35.5||40.9||42.9||44.9||46.9||48.9||54.3||56.3||58.3||60.3||62.3|
And better she starts! A perfect rack right out the gates for the wolfbat. Clearly unphased by Trevor’s performance. She can’t keep the streak alive through the second, and the missed money ball is not a great way to finish the second rack. But she has kept pace through the first two racks. Reaching the third and she struggles to find her rhythm, trading makes and misses through the rack, though at least hitting the money ball to keep her alive. Yet it’s as she heads into the fourth rack fatigue is evidently setting in as she only manages one putting her in the position of needing the last five to fall just to tie. The first is good, but the second misses, guaranteeing her elimination. Mikaylah Marley eliminated.
Round 2 Results
And here we are, down to the final four! These four players have fought hard through two rounds to reach it here to the final. For three it will be their first appearance, two of which making it here on just their first attempt!
We will start off with Andrius first. Notching back-to-back 21-point rounds is a sign of the Eurasian wolf’s consistency. Yet he still has room for improvement, both rounds leaving two balls sitting on the rack as time expired. Will he pick up the pace here in the final round? Or will his consistency bring him the trophy?
|Andrius Vilkasaitis (Eurasian Wolf, G)||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||N||N||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||N||N||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||-||-|
|Total Score = 18||0.7||2.7||4.7||6.7||8.7||14.3||16.3||18.3||20.3||22.3||27.9||29.9||31.9||33.9||35.9||41.5||43.5||45.5||47.5||49.5||55.1||57.1||59.1||61.1||63.1|
And consistency is king here! Right out the gate hitting seven in a row, his longest streak of the night! It does not last as he quickly racks up three misses to finish out rack two, but the wolf has shown tonight misses do not affect him, as he brushes those off to breeze through rack three with only a single miss. Transitioning to rack four now and based on the time left he will have to pick up the pace if he wants to get as many shots up as possible.
But more misses strike! Two in a row to start rack for and Andrius is slowing back down as he needs the buckets to drop. The next two work in his favor but oh no! That’s his second money ball miss of the round, with only five shots left, and a little over 5 seconds he has to make these count if he has a hope of winning. The first is good, as is the second, but the buzzer sounds just after he releases the third, it bouncing off the side of the rim…and it’s good! A lucky shooter’s roll considering he has no backboard here in the corner. Despite the key misses, and once again running out of time, Andrius sets a solid mark of 18.
Next up is Trevor Cruz, the bat who might have caused a minor earthquake earlier as he got the crowd to their feet after nailing thirteen straight! If he can repeat such a feat here in the finale, the trophy will surely be his.
|Trevor Cruz (Painted Bat, G/F)||Y||N||N||N||Y||Y||N||Y||N||Y||N||Y||N||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||-|
|Total Score = 19||0.5||2.5||4.5||6.5||8.5||13.8||15.8||17.8||19.8||21.8||27.1||29.1||31.1||33.1||35.1||40.4||42.4||44.4||46.4||48.4||53.7||55.7||57.7||59.7||61.7|
A good start quickly sours as he misses the middle three on the first rack, the corners are truly unforgiving despite being slightly closer the lack of a backboard really shows who is dialed in as the margin of error is even tighter. He is able to at least finish the first rack on a positive note as he hits the money ball. Moving on Trevor is not able to get into he same groove as his previous round, makes and misses traded back and forth as the bat battles the building fatigue through each rack. He hits yet another money ball to finish off rack two, as well as nails the third one. The fourth rack the back finally seems to find the sweet spot, putting together his longest streak of the round with four straight, including yet another money ball. Heading into the final rack he is two behind Andrius but also two seconds ahead of the wolf’s pace. A miss on the first, but he gets the second, the third…and the fourth just before the buzzer! With that Trevor jumps ahead of Andrius with a score of 19, despite missing more shots he hit four money balls and get one extra shot up before time ran out. He will have to wait though as two dangerous competitors still have to go. Andrius Vilkasiatis eliminated.
Matthew Silvius now takes to the court. His fourth final in a row, and the last of the uncrowned three, Derek and Lance being the other two, remaining. Needing to at least match his previous two rounds to force a tiebreaker between the bat and himself, barring a strong showing from Marcus Knight. Will today finally be the day the weasel overcomes that final hurdle and hoists the 3pt Trophy?
|Matthew Silvius (Long-tailed Weasel, G/F)||N||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||N||Y||N||N||Y||Y||Y||N||N||Y||Y||N||Y||N||Y|
|Total Score = 18||0.5||2.4||4.3||6.2||8.2||13.3||15.3||17.3||19.3||21.2||26.3||28.3||30.2||32.1||34||39.1||41||42.9||44.8||46.7||51.8||53.7||55.6||57.5||59.5|
Rack one proves to be an inverse of Trevor’s, Matthew missing the first and last, sandwiching three makes in a row in between. He gets on a roll in the fourth rack hitting four quick swishes before missing his second money ball! He cannot afford to miss those here tonight as he moves onto the halfway point. And it looks like that crucial miss is impacting his performance from the top of the key, three misses on the rack but turns it around nailing his first money ball here with only ten shots left to go. He is point behind the pace set by Trevor heading into the final two racks. And it looks like hitting that money ball has set him back in his groove by following it up with two more in a row! But a pair of misses puts the weasel in a terrible predicament, he can only afford to miss one more shot in the final six if he hopes to tie the bat. The money ball is good, as is the first shot from the right corner. But oh there is the one miss he can afford to have. Three to go and he must make all of them to force a tiebreaker! Good on the first, but there we go, the miss that will end Matthew’s hopes for finally hoisting the trophy here. He takes his final shot to finish out the round, and while it is good it is not good enough. With a score of 18 that is it for Matthew’s All-Star Week. Matthew Silvius eliminated.
Last, but not least, Marcus Knight is ready to take the floor. The otter knows what he must do in order to win here, a score of 20 and the trophy is his!
|Marcus Knight (River Otter, G)||Y||N||N||Y||N||N||N||N||N||Y||Y||Y||N||N||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||N||N||N||N||-|
|Total Score = 13||0.7||2.7||4.7||6.7||8.7||14||16||18||20||22||27.3||29.3||31.3||33.3||35.3||40.6||42.6||44.6||46.6||48.6||53.9||55.9||57.9||59.9||61.9|
What starts off well quickly turns south. We’ve seen players turn around pairs of misses, but after missing the money ball on the first rack the second is rough. Nothing wants to fall as he misses the first four. He does recover with the final shot going in, netting that crucial money ball. And the otter seems to find some life after that as he builds a streak of three before another pair of misses derails the momentum. With ten shots to go the otter must be perfect if he hopes to win, and can afford one mistake, so long as not a money ball, to force a tie breaker. The first shot is good, but he burns his one available mistake quickly on that second ball. Now he had to hit seven in a row if he hopes to force a tiebreaker. It’s looking good, three in a row as he finishes off the fourth rack and moves to the fifth. But there it is! Another miss and that’s it folks. We have ourselves our champion! Marcus Knight eliminated.
Recent Shootout Winners
- 2010: Theodore Sanftner (Prairie Dog, G, NWK)
- 2011: Barton Rouge (Red Fox, G, BLX)
- 2012: Silvia Windcreek (Silver Hare, G, BAL)
- 2013: Michael Porter (Mallard, F/C, SFW)
- 2014: Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F, PLY)
- 2015: Jake Velox (Swift Fox, G, TAL)
- 2016: Cliff Matthiews (Canadian Lynx, G, ALK)
- 2017: Micah Davenport (Border Collie, F/G, QNS)
- 2018: Kresta Renstill (Silver Fox, G, MON)
- 2019: Jonathan Lawyer (Meerkat, F/G, DAK)
- 2020: Narkissa Kassius (Ringtail Lemur, G, ALB)