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Hot Shots, Concessions, and MVPs from Night 2 of the Roundball Classic

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (February 7, 2020) – The 2020 Roundball Classic continued with Games 3, 4, and 5 on Friday night. During halftime of each game a Hot Shot shootout gave the crowds an opportunity to cheer on the girls basketball players.

Friday night Hot Shots

Pylons are marked with different values and placed around the court. Locations farther from the basket are worth more points in the Hot Shot contest. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Rakariah Griffin (51) watches her ball approach the basket while accepting another ball from Lansing Police Deputy Chief Slough. Slough served as a rebounder during the Hot Shot contest. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Makia Tucker (5) and Jordyn Clark (1) wait in the hallway after their rounds in the Hot Shot competition. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Autumn Caridine (3) takes a shot from a one-point position. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Ariah Downie (11) focuses on the basket during her 90 seconds of shooting time. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Alexandra Bouck (10) seems to enjoy the contest. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Farrah Poston leaps into a shot from a two-point pylon. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Amara Smith (30) confers with rebounder Deputy Chief Slough before the clock starts. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Ilemni Montgomery (33) watches her shot from the two-point pylon. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Bibianna Harb (15) takes a long shot. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
With a flourish, Marjaz Chambers watches her shot. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Friday night concessions

The concession stand is open for snacks and meals throughout the Roundball Classic series. Volunteers staff the stand each evening and all day Saturday.

Members of the YES Club from the Patti Leach Youth Center volunteered as concessionaires on Friday night. From left: Brandon Denard, Joaquin Soto, Kaleb Smith, Antoine Morgan, Jasmine Goodloe, Elliana Mickens, and Youth Center staff member Chris Metzger. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Alexis Williams was on break during the group photo, but she returned in time to have her own personal photo shoot. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The Patti Leach Youth Center is located at 18123 Burnham Avenue in Lansing, Illinois.


The Roundball Classic also includes MVP designations for each game. No player is allowed to win MVP more than once throughout the series.

Mayor Patty Eidam handed out the Game 3 MVP award to Lansing Christian’s Gavin Bell (13) and Oak Glen’s Deontre Simmons (40). (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
The Game 4 MVPs were Travel Williams (5) from Heritage and Shane Cade (13) from Reavis. Village Administrator Dan Podgorski handed out the awards. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Brandon Dixon (42) of Oak Glen and Sam Carter (3) of Coolidge were chosen as MVPs of Game 5. They received the honor from Tristan Garcia, daughter of Oak Glen Coach Lindsey Garcia. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The Roundball Classic tournament and Hot Shot competition continue Saturday, and the championship game and award ceremony will take place on Monday, February 10.

Saturday, February 8

  • G6 11:00 Heritage v. Lansing Christian
  • G7 12:00 Reavis v. Oak Glen
  • G8 1:00 Lansing Christian v. Coolidge
  • G9 2:00 Heritage v. Oak Glen
  • G10 3:00 Coolidge v. Reavis

Monday, February 10

  • 6:30 Award ceremony for all participants

All games are held at Memorial Junior High School (2721 Ridge Road).

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Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.