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Legend Unified basketball player Mathew Campbell had a simple strategy before competing against Parker police officers Jan. 31 at Legend High School — get as many points as he could, play a lot of defense, and get a three-point shot.
“I've been playing basketball since I was a child, but I'm nervous about playing against police officers,” said Campbell. “I'm just going to get as many points as I can, and try to get a three-pointer.”
Teammate Sean Theeke said he had a defensive strategy that couldn't lose.
“I'm going to stop the ball whenever I can,” said Theeke.
Justin “Knucklehead” Kulinski tried a trick as old as the sport of basketball itself — he tried to psych out his opponent during the warm-up before the game, by challenging officer Dan Britton to flex his muscles and distracting him with a hug and a punch to the shoulder.
Students and parents showed their support for their home team by filling the bleachers, holding signs of encouragement, and stomping their feet whenever their team came into possession of the ball.
The home team strategy worked, and try as they might, Parker police officers could not thwart the efforts of the young team, who jumped to an early lead of four points to zero during the first five minutes of the game. Parker police officers played hard and had some strong rebounds, closing the point gap. Ultimately, the officers lost, with a final score of Legend 41, Parker Police Department 32.
Legend Unified supporter Julie Hensley had faith in the Legend team all along, and enjoyed watching the competition between the two teams.
“My money's on my kids,” said Hensley.
This year's game was the second time Legend Unified played against Parker police department, and proceeds from the entrance fee to the game will be used to support the Legend Unified Sports, as well as the Douglas County Fallen Officer's Fund.
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