So, what did you do last night? Unless you are a member of either the Crossroads (Santa Monica, Calif.) or Oxnard boys basketball teams, you did not play on the “Space Jam” court at Warner Brothers Studios.
All that was missing were the Monstars. And Bill Murray.
To help commemorate the 20th anniversary of the film’s release (it’s been 20 years?!), the two Calif. basketball powers played a game at the court based off the 1996 film that really should have earned Michael Jordan an Oscar nod.
“We are a Jordan sponsored team so it was about promoting the teams and the movie,” Crossroads coach Chad Beeten said.
Before getting onto the memorable game, let’s soak in the majesty of this hardwood. Just look at this thing.
What made the night even better was that the teams played a game as memorable as the arena in which it was played. Shareef O’Neal, the son of NBA legend Shaquille, tied for the game high with 27 points to help lead Crossroads to an 83-79 overtime victory. Oxnard’s Mason Johnson also scored 27 points in defeat.
Crossroads junior guard DJ Houston hit a 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer (or horn, in this case) to send the game into overtime. In addition to some memorable highlights from O’Neal and others throughout, you can see Houston’s buzzer beater at the 2:25 mark of the video below.
No word yet on whether an exultant Crossroads team listened to the Quad City DJ’s on the bus ride home, but we’d like to think they did. Either way, this was one night that will have a permanent spot in the memory banks of those involved.