Musketeer Madness excites crowd

By: Brendan Burris ~Staff Writer~

Photos courtesy of | Edmond Sumner took the dunk contest crown at the 2016 Musketeer Madness, perfectly executing two beautiful dunks.

Xavier’s Musketeer Madness took place last Saturday, offering fans of both the men’s and women’s teams a chance to check out the rosters. As summer turns to fall and the first semester gets into full swing, this weekend’s festivities officially make it “basketball season” on campus and around the city.

Similar to past years, the night began with the introduction of the women’s team, followed by a three-point shootout among junior Martha Thompson, sophomore Kindall Fincher, freshman Ashley Gomez and junior Anniina Äijänen. Thompson eventually took the victory, scoring 13 points to edge out her teammates.

The women then played a 10-minute intersquad scrimmage, with Thompson leading all scorers with four points.

After the men were introduced, junior forwards Trevon Bluiett and JP Macura, as well as senior transfer forward RaShid Gaston, participated in the men’s threepoint shootout. A back-and-forth contest eventually led to a tie between Bluiett and Macura, with the former taking the victory after making more “money ball” shots.

The fans were then treated to an amazing dunk contest, with freshmen Quentin Goodin and Tyrique Jones, as well as sophomore Edmond Sumner, taking part. Although eliminated first, Goodin showed a great dunk to the fans, using Bluiett to throw down off the side of the backboard. The biggest highlights of the contest, however, were definitely Jones leaping over his brother and mother and Sumner taking off from the free throw line.

The picturesque slam from Sumner eventually won him the contest.

Following the three-point shootout and dunk contest, the men played their own 10-minute scrimmage within their roster. Senior forward Tim Stainbrook was the leading scorer with eight points.

The women’s season gets underway in the Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic on Nov. 12 against Tennessee State at Cintas Center. The men will take on Ferris State in an exhibition game on Nov. 5 at home.