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Smith gets big turnout for charity basketball game
"It's been a long time since I've touched a football in a game situation," Taylor said. "So I'm definitely ready for it."
Smith and Taylor showed chemistry on the court, but two area stars stole the show.
Louisa County native Justin Coleman and Westmoreland County resident Justin Anderson thrilled the crowd with a halftime dunk contest.
Coleman, who plays for Marshall, won the competition after he broke a tie by catching a lob pass from a friend in the stands. He finished with a thunderous one-handed dunk.
Anderson's subsequent glide from the free-throw line was impressive, but not enough.
Earlier in the contest, the Virginia recruit cleared the head of his cousin, Bushrod, and completed a dunk.
"I've been impressed with him for a long time," Coleman said of Anderson. "I've known him since he was on JV at Courtland and I was at Louisa. We talked trash back and forth then. People have wanted to see us do this for a long time. I'm glad I won."
The game itself was a typical all-star game. It featured mostly ragged play and was anticlimactic.
Smith's team, which featured the NFL players as well as Anderson and Coleman, took on a group of former Fredericksburg-area standouts.
The local players led at halftime before Anderson took the court.
"Without a doubt, we wanted to win," former Chancellor forward Terrill Smith said. "We came out as hard as we could. I guess they showed why they get paid the big bucks."
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