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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Team Green Wins the First Rare Caliber All-Star Challenge

Sidney Green's team won the Rare Caliber All-Star Challenge, held at Hofstra Arena this weekend, with a 97-94 victory over Robert Pack's team in the championship game. Nevada's Mo Charlo led the winners with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Bobby Dixon, a 5-10, 160 pound guard from Troy, had 26 points in a losing cause. Dixon averaged 24.3 ppg and 4.7 apg in three tournament games and was selected as the MVP. He also had seven steals and made 19 of his 34 three point shots (.559). He led the Challenge in scoring and three pointers made and was near the top in assists and three point shooting percentage. Dixon was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Charlo (19 ppg, 9.7 rpg), Tulane's Quincy Davis (22 ppg, 8 rpg), Temple's Antywane Robinson (21 ppg, 7 rpg) and South Alabama's Mario Jointer (20.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg).

Fairleigh Dickinson's Chad Timberlake won the Slam Dunk Contest, with Marcus Morrison of Middle Tennessee State coming in second and Jamaal Brown (Cal-State Fullerton) and Waki Williams (Memphis) tying for third.

The event offered an opportunity for about five dozen college seniors to showcase their talents to pro scouts; it was also a chance for several retired NBA players to get some hands-on coaching experience. The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) partnered with RC Sports Charities to put together the Challenge. The NBRPA provided a signed Dr. J basketball and signed jerseys from Bill Bradley, Willis Reed, and Isiah Thomas for use in a charity raffle. All proceeds from the raffle and the event itself go for MPowering Kids, a non-profit afterschool program for underprivileged children.

posted by David Friedman @ 1:08 PM

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