Being a basketball game ball boy can be a largely thankless job. Just last week, we saw NBA referee Joey Crawford stare down a member of the Philadelphia 76ers game-night staff for not doing a thorough enough job. Monday night, the focus shifted to the college game.
With No. 6 Duke hosting UNC Asheville, the Blue Devils were up 26-12 midway through the first half when the visiting Bulldogs got a rare easy scoring opportunity. So rare, in fact, it caught a certain unsuspecting Cameron Indoor Stadium staffer by surprise. UNC Asheville sophomore forward Sam Hughes stepped in the way of a Rodney Hood pass intended for Jabari Parker at the top of the key. That's when our new favorite towel-toting employee almost got run over. Thankfully, the unnamed worker was able to scurry back to the baseline unharmed and Hughes was able to finish off the steal with a two-handed dunk without interruption. But what hustle! Cameras trained on the young man, who barely broke a sweat, briefly before going back to game action. Coach K's squad eventually won 91-55.
In the face!
Moving to the NBA, Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen kicked Los Angeles Clippers floor general Chris Paul in the face during the first quarter of a matchup between the Western Conference rivals. The move drew a flagrant 2 foul and an automatic ejection for the All-Defensive Team wing. Memphis overcame Allen's early departure to beat L.A. 106-102.
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Finally, you gotta love the front flip pulled off by Division II Lincoln (Mo.) running back Martee Tenner in his team's last game of the season this past Saturday against Southwest Baptist in a 51-28 victory. Truly impressive.