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Other highlights from Night 1 of the Roundball Classic

Hot Shots and MVPs

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (February 7, 2020) – In addition to the boys basketball games that comprise the Roundball Classic tournament, each game throughout the competition also includes a Hot Shot shootout for girls basketball players.

Hot Shots

Hot Shot Chelsea Perkins of Reavis takes a long shot during halftime of Game 1 on Thursday night. Village Trustee Brian Hardy (left) assists with retrieving balls quickly so Perkins can focus on shooting. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
During the Game 2 halftime Hot Shot contest, Camila Rosas from Coolidge focuses on the basket. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Across the court, Rebecca Nkwagu, also from Coolidge, takes a shot from the free-throw line. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
In a second round of Hot Shot competition, Coolidge’s Julissa Ramirez shoots from the side line. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Surrounded by ball handlers and cheered on by teammates, Coolidge’s Azul Gallardo jumps and shoots. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Daisha Johnson takes flight as she launches the ball in the Game 2 Hot Shot competition Thursday night, February 6. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)


The Roundball Classic also includes MVP designations for each game. MVPs from the Game 1 matchup were Elias Johnson (5) from Lansing Christian and William Boyd (52) from Reavis (sorry, no photo).

Nathan Weathers (32) from Heritage and Naton Johnson (22) from Coolidge were chosen as MVPs for Game 2 of the series. Lansing Police Chief Dennis Murrin (center) awarded each of them a game ball. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

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

Friday, February 7

  • G3 6:00 Oak Glen v. Lansing Christian
  • G4 7:00 Reavis v. Heritage
  • G5 8:00 Coolidge v. Oak Glen

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.