A slamming great time… Slam dunk contest always a fan favorite at Arby’s Classic

Published 12:15 am Thursday, January 2, 2020

BRISTOL – The parking lots filled fast at Bristol’s Viking Hall on Monday as fans eagerly arrived to take in one of the fan favorite’s of all the Arby’s Classic events as the slam dunk contest was slated to take place before the two semifinal games to see who was going to battle it out for the title.
Kids, as well as adults, were giddy watching the young athletes warm up in preparation for the contest which featured 16 competitors including Elizabethton’s own Nico Ashley.
Each contest had two attempts per round to complete a dunk to remain in the contest.
As each round progressed, a few more of the competitors dropped out of the competition trying to achieve dunks that weren’t in their wheelhouse resulting in being eliminated from advancing.
Ashley managed to work his way through two rounds of dunks before failing to convert on a dunk where he lofted the ball out in front of him and attempted to throw the basketball down as he came close to the goal.
It was disappointing for the senior Cyclone as several in attendance had gotten behind the athletic Ashley.
In the end, it was Tennessee High’s own Jaden Keller who ended up walking away with the Dick’s Sporting Goods Slam Dunk title coming on the heels of a tremendous finishing dunk.
Keller lined up two of his Viking teammates and taking a good run and go, jumped over both of the players and finished off with a one-handed dunk that brought the competitors and fans to their feet.
The three-point shootout took place on Tuesday afternoon with several local players participating as the tournament wrapped up another successful run in its 37th year of existence.
Hampton closed out the tournament in the consolation final against Tennessee High.

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