On Tuesday, February 28, the Big Walnut All-Stars had their long-awaited rematch with the Harlem Wizards. In a hard-fought game in the Big Walnut High School Gymnasium, the All-Stars looked like a shoe-in for a win against the visiting Wizards during the first three quarters, but a poor showing in the fourth left Big Walnut with an 80-61 loss.
“It looked like we had them, but then our defense fell apart in the fourth quarter and they went on to win,” said Big Walnut All-Stars Head Coach Angie Pollock. “We had some shooters, and we controlled the ball pretty well during the first three quarters, we were ahead going into the fourth, but they wore our bench out.”
Pollock acknowledged that the Wizards defeated Big Walnut the previous two years in a row, but said members of the home team were ready for this year’s game and win, lose, or draw, were anxious to get some court time with Wizards.
“It was a tough loss,” Pollock said. “But the real winners are local charities that are supported by members of the Sunbury Galena Rotary Club who sponsored the event.”
The first, second, and fourth quarter of the game included lots of trick shot and slam dunking by the Wizards team – many of them former college basketball standouts.
During the third quarter, the Big Walnut Youth Basketball League coaches played against the Harlem Wizards and was a quarter of real basketball – with a number of treys by Big Walnut shooters.
There was a Wizards halftime show, and the Third Grade BW Youth Basketball team played as a halftime show.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.