Gill wins dunk contest; Avare 3-point title

The four future University of Louisville basketball players didn't play on the winning team in the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic on Friday night. But a future Cardinals did win the dunk and three-point contest during the event.

With three former University of Louisville stars as the judges, future Cardinal Anton Gill claimed the dunk contest on Friday night during the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall.

Gill, a native of Raleigh, N.C., pretty much won the event with a perfect 30 on his first dunk when Conner Frankamp threw it off the side of the backboard and Gill hammered it home with his left hand.

He converted his second dunk for 26 points and a total of 56.

"That was nice," Gill said. "I wanted to win that. I had a great time here in front of the fans, I wish I could have shot better but it was a lot of fun."

Gill capped a U of L halftime as future Cardinal walk-on Dillon Avare of Lexington Catholic captured the three-point shootout.

Avare, one of four finalists, beat Frankamp and future teammates Akoy Agau, David Levitch to win the title as the top three-point shooter. He had 15 points in the championship round to get the victory.

Levitch, another walk-on who is from North Oldham, was named as the fan favorite for the game. The fans could vote throughout the game for the award.

The future Cardinals didn't fare as well on the floor as the White team they were playing on led early in the third quarter only to lose 124-113 to the Black team.

Gill was 5 of 14 from the field and finished with 13 points and five rebounds, while Agau was just 1 of 4 from the field for two points and a game-high nine rebounds. The two walk-ons didn't attempt a shot.

"It's an all-star game," Agau said with a smile. "But it was a lot of fun to play in front of the fans here. I can't wait to get back this summer."

Current U of L players Russ Smith, Chane Behanan, Montrezl Harrell and Magok Mathiagn were in attendance watching the game.


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