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Wizards top Spurs in 3OT to advance to Summer League semifinals

Posted on 20 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Game Recap: Wizards 95, Spurs 94 (3OT)

It took triple-overtime for the Washington Wizards to defeat the San Antonio Spurs 95-94 in the final quarterfinal game of the Samsung NBA Summer League 2014. The Wizards (5-0) will take on the Sacramento Kings (4-1) on Sunday in the semi-finals. The Spurs went 4-2 in the summer desert classic.

With 36 seconds left in the game Vander Blue hit a three-point jump shot to tie the game at 81, neither team would score in the final seconds forcing overtime to decide the game. Austin Daye connected on a pair of free throws with 4.8 seconds left in overtime to tie the game at 84. Glen Rice Jr. hit a three at the buzzer to force triple overtime.

Rice scored a game high 36 points and pulled down a team high 11 rebounds for the Wizards while Otto Porter scored 27. Austin Daye scored a team high 27 points for the Spurs while Bryce Cotton added 16.

In the opening quarter of play the Spurs earned a one-point lead, 21-20, after trailing by as many as five early in the quarter. Daye and Green powered the Spurs offense with six points apiece while Porter led the Wizards with eight.

The Spurs blew the game wide open when they went on a 20-1 run and led by as many as 17 in the second quarter. The Wizards answered with a 9-2 run to end the quarter, San Antonio took a 49-39 lead at the half. Daye continued to lead the Spurs offense with eight points in the quarter while Kyle Anderson added five. Daniel Theis tallied six for the Wizards.

Washington answered back in the third with a 17-2 run of their own in the period and finished up 63-61. Rice scored 12 points for the Wizards while Porter added five. Deshaun Thomas and Cotton each scored four for the Spurs.

The two teams traded baskets in the fourth quarter, neither team leading by more than four points. The quarter featured seven lead changes and was tied up twice. Rice led the Wizards with seven points while Blue added seven for the Spurs.

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Former Navy hoops star Robinson to be honored by Heisman Trust

Posted on 22 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Basketball Legend David “The Admiral” Robinson Named

2013 Heisman Humanitarian Recipient 

Robinson honored for his work in helping improve lives of disadvantaged families.

NEW YORK, NY (October 22, 2013) – The Heisman Trophy Trust named Basketball Hall of Famer David Robinson as the eighth Heisman Humanitarian award winner for his decades-long dedication to helping families in need in the San Antonio, Texas community. Robinson will be officially honored at the 79th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner Gala on December 16, 2013 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

In addition to honoring the outstanding college football player of the year, The Heisman Trust’s mission is to provide opportunities for the underprivileged and underserved members of our society.  Since the Trust assumed stewardship of the Heisman Trophy in 2002, it has made donations in excess of $6.5 million to over 250 charities throughout the country.  The Heisman Humanitarian Award was established in 2006 to recognize those in the world of sports who give significantly of themselves to serve their communities and to improve the lives of others.

Robinson is one of basketball’s all-time greats, with an impressive collection of achievements, including winning the Wooden and Naismith Awards while playing at the Naval Academy, two NBA Championships with the San Antonio Spurs, playing on the 1992 U.S. Olympic “Dream Team,” and a ten-time NBA All-Star. His philanthropy began in 1991 at Gates Elementary School in San Antonio, when he offered a $2,000 scholarship to every fifth grader who finished high school and attended college. He kept true to his promise, and, in 1998, quadrupled his donation and gave $8,000 to each of those students who received their diploma.

Soon after his initial promise to the students, Robinson and his wife, Valerie, founded the David Robinson Foundation. In addition to supporting various initiatives that assist children and families in need, the Foundation initially donated $9 million to help create and sustain the Carver Academy, a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade independent school designed to serve the underserved population of East San Antonio. It has since become a part of the IDEA Public School charter network and represents the beginning of their San Antonio presence.  Twelve years after the opening of the Academy, Robinson remains active with IDEA and its plans to build twenty new schools in the San Antonio area over the next six years.

“This December, the Trust is both proud and pleased to honor David Robinson, whose efforts have positively impacted thousands of people,” said William J. Dockery, Heisman Trophy Trust President.  “The Heisman Humanitarian Award was created to not only recognize and honor individuals who give selflessly of themselves to assist underserved segments of our society, but also to encourage others to emulate the Humanitarians.”

“I am truly honored by this recognition by the Heisman Trust,” said Robinson.  “I will represent them and the past winners with integrity and honor.”

In addition to his clear commitment to supporting excellence in the classroom, Robinson also welcomed students into his athletic territory while playing for the Spurs. Through his Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood of Achievers program, 25 students, nominated by their teachers, were invited to each Spurs home game with a guest. Over 15,000 students attended a game due to their hard work and his generosity.

Robinson also encourages other celebrities to utilize their platform for good, starting The Admiral Center in 2008. The Center works with celebrities to find the right cause for them to use their influence to bring attention and action.

Robinson joins an incredible group of former Heisman Humanitarian winners, including: Joey Cheek, Olympic speed skating gold medalist, for his dedication and contributions to the children of Darfur; George Martin, former defensive end of The New York Giants, who walked across America to raise funds for rescue and recovery workers at Ground Zero after 9/11; Pat LaFontaine, former NHL star who, through his Companions in Courage Foundation,  builds interactive playrooms in Children’s hospitals to keep young patients connected to family and friends; Mia Hamm, world-renowned soccer player, who raises funds and awareness for families needing marrow or cord blood transplants and continues to grow opportunities for young women in sports; Warrick Dunn, former NFL running back, who has provided homes for single parent families to honor his mother’s memory; Marty Lyons, University of Alabama and New York Jets defensive tackle, whose foundation fulfills the special wishes of children with terminal or life threatening illness; and Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and founder of the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, which supports children battling cancer.

Tickets to the 79th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Gala are available at www.Heisman.com. The Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner is the only event during Heisman Weekend that is open to the public.

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