Wizards defeat BW All-Stars 80-61


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By Lenny C. Lepola - [email protected]



Members of the Big Walnut All-Stars had a tough time containing Wizards talent like Gerald “Sky-Walker” Warrick. Warrick, wearing the Number 7 jersey, is a 6’4” Point Park University standout who was First-Team All-Conference and All-American who played professionally in Europe.


Members of the Big Walnut All-Stars were confident before the start of the game against the Harlem Wizards, but ended up losing a hard-fought game 80-61.


Members of BW Youth Basketball teams played an exhibition game during half time of the Big Walnut All-Stars game against the Harlem Wizards.


Harlem Wizard James “Hi-Rise” Mitchell, jersey Number 20, goes up for a slam-dunk during the Big Walnut game against the Harlem Wizards. Mitchell is a 6’5” ball handler who attended Buffalo State College.


These fans were on court as part of the show, and posed for a group photo with members of the Harlem Wizards and the Big Walnut All-Stars.


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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.

Members of the Big Walnut All-Stars had a tough time containing Wizards talent like Gerald “Sky-Walker” Warrick. Warrick, wearing the Number 7 jersey, is a 6’4” Point Park University standout who was First-Team All-Conference and All-American who played professionally in Europe.
http://sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_Wizards-2017-1679.jpgMembers of the Big Walnut All-Stars had a tough time containing Wizards talent like Gerald “Sky-Walker” Warrick. Warrick, wearing the Number 7 jersey, is a 6’4” Point Park University standout who was First-Team All-Conference and All-American who played professionally in Europe.

Members of the Big Walnut All-Stars were confident before the start of the game against the Harlem Wizards, but ended up losing a hard-fought game 80-61.
http://sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_Wizards-2017-0291.jpgMembers of the Big Walnut All-Stars were confident before the start of the game against the Harlem Wizards, but ended up losing a hard-fought game 80-61.

Members of BW Youth Basketball teams played an exhibition game during half time of the Big Walnut All-Stars game against the Harlem Wizards.
http://sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_Wizards-2017-0360.jpgMembers of BW Youth Basketball teams played an exhibition game during half time of the Big Walnut All-Stars game against the Harlem Wizards.

Harlem Wizard James “Hi-Rise” Mitchell, jersey Number 20, goes up for a slam-dunk during the Big Walnut game against the Harlem Wizards. Mitchell is a 6’5” ball handler who attended Buffalo State College.
http://sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_Wizards-2017-0989.jpgHarlem Wizard James “Hi-Rise” Mitchell, jersey Number 20, goes up for a slam-dunk during the Big Walnut game against the Harlem Wizards. Mitchell is a 6’5” ball handler who attended Buffalo State College.

These fans were on court as part of the show, and posed for a group photo with members of the Harlem Wizards and the Big Walnut All-Stars.
http://sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_Wizards-2017-1592.jpgThese fans were on court as part of the show, and posed for a group photo with members of the Harlem Wizards and the Big Walnut All-Stars.

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By Lenny C. Lepola

[email protected]

Visit www.sunburynews.com for more photos.

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.

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