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Stars align: Twin Cities Classic held at Woodbury High School

DeLaSalle guard Jarvis Johnson attempts a dunk during the Twin Cities Classic dunk contest Aug. 10 at Woodbury High School. (Bulletin photos by Jace Frederick) 1 / 6
Eden Prairie guard Andre Wallace cools down by a fan during the Twin Cities Classic on Aug. 10 at Woodbury High School. 2 / 6
Apple Valley center defends DeLaSalle guard Jarvis Johnson during the Twin Cities Classic on Aug. 10 at Woodbury High School. 3 / 6
DeLaSalle guard Sacar Anim dribbles during the Twin Cities Classic on Aug. 10 at Woodbury High School. 4 / 6
DeLaSalle forward Josh Collins attempts a slam during the Twin Cities Classic on Aug. 10 at Woodbury High School. Collins won the TCC dunk contest.5 / 6
Hundreds turned out for the Twin Cities Classic on Aug. 10 at Woodbury High School. 6 / 6

Good hoops on display for a good cause.

That was the general message 2014 WHS grad Matt Jessen-Howard put forth regarding the Twin Cities Classic last Sunday at Woodbury High School.

The event didn’t disappoint on either front.

Many of Minnesota’s top high school basketball players descended on the Royals gym for the all-star festivities. Hundreds flooded the school for the happening.

“It was a great event,” Jessen-Howard said. “It was a good turnout. It really was what I was hoping for in terms of lots of community here and fantastic basketball.”

The “fantastic basketball” included three fairly competitive games and a slam dunk contest featuring highlight-reel finishes with 360s, windmills and alley oops as the area’s top talent put its skills on display.

“It was a lot of fun,” East Ridge guard Sid Tomes said. “I’ve been playing with these guys ever since I was little. So playing with these guys, it’s a lot of fun. This is going to be some of the last time I’m going to have a chance to play with these guys with us going off to different colleges. It was a lot of fun.”

Tomes said he played in a different showcase-type event last Friday, which was pretty similar to the Twin Cities Classic.

“But I liked this one a lot because it was at Woodbury and right in my backyard,” Tomes said.

Jessen-Howard said he received multiple comments from people about what a good cause the event was for. Proceeds from the event were donated to the American Cancer Society.

The cause hit home for the players, as well.

“My grandpa had cancer, and it really meant a lot to me to help with the cause,” Apple Valley Center Brock Bertram said. “It was for a good cause, for cancer. It felt really good to be in it.”

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