April 10, 2010

Black team upends Oladipo, White team, 133-124

Victor Oladipo said he wanted "at least two" dunks in his first and only appearance of the Kentucky Derby Festival basketball game.

And when the IU signee wants to play above the rim, there is really nobody that is going to stop him.

The guard scored just six points for the game, but one of his second quarter jams was worthy of a SportsCenter Top 10 play. Early in the second frame, Oladipo received a pass on the baseline. After one-and-a-half steps, the Maryland native elevated, cuffed the ball in his right hand and proceeded to throw a slam down over 6-10 center Gorgui Sy Dieng.

A Freedom Hall crowd consisting of mostly Louisville and Kentucky fans roared, garnering a huge ovation after the hard tomahawk jam.

The momentum his boom caused continued into the next possession his White Team had. Former IU target Ray McCallum raced down the floor and tossed a gentle lob on the right side of the rim. Oladipo was following and capped off the pass with another two-handed flush.

Oladipo would score two more points, finishing the game with six points on 3-of-8 shooting. Instead of relying on strictly offensive, the DeMatha guard made his presence on the team known elsewhere. He chipped in with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block.

His all-around game, though, was not enough to lift his White Team, as they fell to the Black Team, 133-124. Louisville commit Justin Coleman scored a team-high 24 points for Black, with all but two of their players reaching double figures. McCallum dropped 25 points and seven assists for the White Team. Both players garnered Most Valuable Player awards for their respective teams.

While the other IU commitment Will Sheehey could not play due to a prior engagement, Hoosier fans did get a brief look at a familiar face: Moses Abraham. Abraham was the talk of the state just a few short weeks ago after visiting Bloomington. However the 6-9 forward chose Georgetown just one day after his Indiana visit.

Abraham, who is still adapting to organized basketball in the United States, saw just 17 minutes of action, the fewest among all of the players. He finished the game with six points on 3-of-6 shooting. He did, though, grab eight rebounds in his short stint, including four on the offensive glass.

During halftime, the crowd of 6,420 in Louisville, Ky. got a lot more familiar with Oladipo after he earned a trip to the finals in both the three-point and dunk contest during the break.

Oladipo, who is not known for being a shooter, beat out four other players on Friday night to advance to the finals on Saturday. He tried to match last year's winner, Jordan Hulls, and give the Hoosier faithful back-to-back three-point contest wins. However, Oladipo managed just 10 made baskets, good enough for fourth place. Tyler Lamb won the competition.

But he did get the opportunity to have an entire showcase dedicated to his strength: dunking. And again, "Vic" did not disappoint. In his first dunk, Oladipo started behing the basket. He caught a McCallum pass from the back of the backboard, flew under the glass and finished it with a two-handed slam. He received a loud ovation and a perfect 30 from the judges.

In his next attempt, he used two teammates to throw alley-oops off of the backboard and finished with a reverse slam. After having the misfortune of following a Louisville commitment, Justin Coleman, he finished his last dunk with a 27. Both players finished with a combined score of 57, but the win was awarded to the hometown kid: Coleman.

Inside Indiana and Peegs.com caught up with Victor Oladipo after the game. We will update you on the future Hoosier Sunday. Stay tuned.

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