MaxPreps Holiday Classic: Six-footer Johnnie Vassar wins dunk contest

MaxPreps Holiday Classic: Six-footer Johnnie Vassar wins dunk contest

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MaxPreps Holiday Classic: Six-footer Johnnie Vassar wins dunk contest

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RANCHO MIRAGE

Johnnie Vassar brought the crowd of thousands at Rancho Mirage High School to their feet with a dunk that put an exclamation point on a day of basketball at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic slam dunk contest Saturday.

When the dunk contest got underway, the judges gave the 20 competitors five minutes to take turns showing off some of their best dunks. Among those competing were two locals, 6-foot-3 Anthony Murdica and 6-foot-3 Wes Coffey — both juniors at Palm Desert High School.

After a brief deliberation by the five judges, six of the best dunkers were selected to advance.

But before the final showdown, tournament officials proceeded with the 3-point contest, saving the best for last.

Calvin Hoffman, all the way from Anchorage Christian in Alaska, nailed 21 of 25 3-pointers for the best round of the night to claim the boys’ title. Abby Conklin of San Juan Hills won on the girls’ side.

Vassar, just 6-feet tall and from San Juan Capistrano JSerra, showed off his hops with a series of dunks that left the crowd gasping. To win the dunk contest, he threw the ball off the wall behind the basket, caught it on the way back down and threw it down with both hands.

The tournament will have a break Sunday and resume with championship games Monday.

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