Malone Madness previews basketball season
It is that time of year again. The leaves are changing, the weather is growing colder, the days are getting shorter and the Malone men’s basketball team is ready for the annual Malone Madness event.
The event is scheduled for Oct. 13 at 10 p.m. in Osborne Hall. Malone Madness includes a dunk contest, three-point contest and intrasquad scrimmage. Late night will also be served in the lobby of Osborne starting at 9:30 p.m.
“Malone Madness is an event for everyone,” said Brandon Bapst, senior forward. Bapst has been a part of Malone Madness the past three years and is in his last basketball season at Malone.
The first 50 people in the door will receive a free entrée card to Chick-fil-a, Chipotle, Piada or Fazoli’s. In addition to the entrée card, there will be over $500 worth of prizes awarded during crowd games where students will have the chance to participate.
All donations given at Malone Madness will benefit The Martin Center, which is part of RiverTree church’s newest campus, 3rd St. Community Church, led by Corey Hunka. The church is geared towards the 3rd St. community where at-risk youth currently live. Their mission is to see families united, renewed and restored by coming to know Jesus Christ.
“3rd St. uses basketball as a ministry, and we play basketball, so it makes sense to come together for the event,” said Bapst.
The evening includes celebrity judges for the event and plenty of surprises for those in attendance. Bapst said the intrasquad scrimmage may surprise spectators as well.
“The intraquad scrimmage will show that this team is playing with a different fire than previous years,” said Bapst.
“The intrasquad scrimmage will show that we have stepped up our intensity and promote ourselves for the season,” said Mitch Spotleson, junior forward.
The team looks to show off its efforts during the event. The 5:30 a.m. practices and time spent getting ready for this season have been tough, but the team believes it is all worth it.
Christian Graves, redshirt-senior guard, is in his last year of eligibility and is excited for the season.
“This year is new and fresh. We have seven new players on the team,” said Graves. “I am ready to participate in the three-point contest after losing to former player and Malone alumni Stephen O’Daniels last year on a buzzer beater.”
Graves is excited to support the Martin Center, too.
“By coming out for the cause of the Martin Center, the Malone community will be rewarded with a great show,” said Graves.
Rob Elder is a staff writer for The Aviso.