Jack Lavery, a freshman at West Chester University, pulled off the rare layup, free throw, 3-pointer, half court shot combination during halftime at a recent WCU game against Shippensburg. Lavery had to hit all four shots in less than 25-seconds to win $10,000. Lavery made the first three shots before airballing his first attempt from half-court. Somehow, he tracked down the ball – without any help – and made it back to half-court to hit a one-handed bankshot while falling away at the buzzer. The crowd and announcer went wild. Lavery celebrated and then WCU officials told him he wouldn’t be getting the $10,00o prize because he didn’t make his first half court attempt.
The school claims that the contract Lavery signed says he had to connect on his first shot from half-court. (Not to mention the fact that Lavery’s father told his son he would match the $10,000 if he won.) If so, is there even a point to the 25-second clock? And does the contest end if he had missed the first layup? And shouldn’t the guy with the microphone know the rules? Hopefully, WCU makes this right and gives the kid the ten grand he so spectacularly earned. Otherwise, to quote William Shakespeare, “What a dick move.”
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