Student shoots hoops to bag top-notch prize

January 16, 2017

A trip to watch two of America’s top professional basketball teams in action resulted in a bonus prize for a young Silverbridge student on Thursday last.

Jarly Óg Burns, along with his brother Fionnán and friend Pauraic Keating, were in London’s O2 Arena at the NBA Global Games event for the game between the Denver Nuggets and the Indiana Pacers.

Having arrived at the venue early, the boys went courtside to take photos and hopefully get to meet some celebrities. And that they did, managing to snap selfies with some famous sportsmen including Darren Randolph, Michael Ballack, Isaiah Thomas, Owen Hargreaves and singer Ellie Goulding.

However, the day got even better when the boys were approached by a steward who asked if they’d like the chance to shoot hoops during the game’s second quarter.

“We jumped at the opportunity,” Jarly Óg told The Examiner, revealing that he and Pauraic were chosen to play the ’24 Second Challenge’ against each other – the one scoring the most shots being the winner.

Describing what happened when they were called to play, he said: “Our seats were actually on the top tier so it was hard to get back down to the lower tier, but the woman came up and got us, thank God!

“We had to wait courtside for a while and as you’d imagine, we got a few photos with some celebrities.  Then we were brought out onto the court and played the game and I ended up winning.”

As the victor, Jarly Óg received an amazing prize of 200,000 air miles to travel to any major city in North America, sponsored by American Airlines, as well as a goodie bag.  Pauraic didn’t leave empty-handed either as he got the same goodie bag for his efforts.  The boys said it was a fantastic experience and one they won’t forget in a hurry.