Ball is Life AA Game 2016

The 7th-annual Ballislife All-American Game took place this weekend, and It. Was. Lit. The best high-school players in the nation participated in the three-point contest, dunk contest, and all-star game in Long Beach, California. The day started at 12:30 pm, when players sat down for a photo shoot and interviews. Kids were lining up outside at 1:30, even though the doors didn’t open for another couple of hours. Shaq’s son, Shareef O’Neal, was in attendance, as well as the Band of Ball Brothers, showed up and showed out for their brother Lonzo with about 50 people in their squad. Stanley Johnson, current Detroit Piston (and 2014 BallisLife AA Game & dunk contest champ), was also in attendance. By the time the game actually started, everyone was nearly jumping out of their seats in anticipation.

Ball is Life AA Game 2016

The three-point competition saw Terrance Ferguson, who’s known mostly for his nasty dunks, put up a good effort with 12 threes. However, University of Marquette commit, Marcus Howard, and Cassious Winston (MSU), tied for 13 and advanced to the championship round. Winston hit 11, followed by Howard, who bested him with 12, taking home the trophy on the final shot.

Ball is Life AA Game 2016

The dunk contest was, as expected, full of fireworks. The star-studded participants, Kwe Parker (TENN), Rawle Alkins (Arizona), Miles Bridges (MSU), Terrance Ferguson (Arizona), Sam Cunliffe (AZ St.), and Troy Baxter (USF), threw down monster dunk, after monster dunk. One highlight was Rawle Atkins, who jumped over two guys, including one who was 6’8”. But Myree Bowden (aka Reemix), was not to be outdone: in one of the craziest dunks Eastbay has ever seen, he cleared 7’6” Mamadou Ndiaye! However, after a 360 backboard windmill, a 360 handswitch windmill, and this insane, Jordan-esque dunk from the free throw line, Terrance “2K” Ferguson was crowned dunk king.

Ball is Life AA Game 2016

The All-American Game started around 6:00, and was live-streamed on YouTube. Around 3,000 people were in attendance. The game started with a bang: a Rawle Alkins oop to Miles Bridges. At the end of the first half, Team Elite had the edge against Team Future with a 72-71 lead. The 2nd half started much like the first: a Miles Bridges alley-oop. Team Elite, behind Mustapha Heron, pulled away late for a 152-134 victory. Lonzo Ball earned MVP for team Future. Catch the full-game here.

 

Photos Courtesy: Cassy Athena