Anderson, Johnson take home NBL all-star skills awards

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Ryan Anderson is the top three-point shooter and Cavell Johnson the slam dunk champ following the National Basketball League of Canada all-star skills competition Saturday in Charlottetown.

Anderson, an Ottawa SkyHawks guard, had an opening round of 19 and finished in a second-round tie for second place with Island Storm guard Nick Okorie with 15 points. The two sharpshooters had two shoot-offs to see who would advance to the final against Brampton A’s guard Cedric Moodie.

Okorie and Anderson each had 16 points in the first shoot-off round while Anderson won 21-12 in the deciding round.

He stayed hot in the final, winning 16-13.

Johnson, a six-foot-nine forward with the Brampton A’s, knocked off defending slam dunk champ Stefan Bonneau in the final.

The judges were Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee, Fred (Fiddler) MacDonald, CBC Island Morning’s Mitch Cormier, UPEI men's basketball coach Tim Kendrick and Alan Gillis, A Summerside resident who won a Facebook contest.

Anderson and Johnson each received $1,000 cheques for their victories.

The weekend winds up Sunday with the NBL all-star game at 2 p.m. featuring the top players in the league this season. Four-time Juno award-winning rapper Choclair will perform in the pre-game and at halftime. 

Tickets for the all-star game will go on sale Sunday at noon while the doors to the Eastlink Centre will also open at noon for the NBL all-star weekend high school co-ed basketball skills competition.

Organizations: National Basketball League of Canada, Eastlink Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Summerside

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